In early May UWBG suffered a sever vandalism attack of in the Gateway to Chile garden. This follows similar vandalism last May in the same location and in some cases, the same plants. KOMO news covered the story with an interview with the Manager of Horticulture, David Zuckerman:
Yesterday Director Sarah Reichard received a call from a private banker representing an anonymous donor and by late yesterday UWBG had a check to cover the estimated costs to replace plants and repair the damages – $43,000!
Director Reichard reassured staff in an email announcing the donation that the investigation continues:
“This does not mean we will not continue to assist the police to track down the guilty parties but I hope you feel – as I do – that your faith in human nature at least a little bit restored.”
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Arboretum Foundation, and the UW Botanic Gardens ask anyone with information about the crime to contact the Seattle Police Department’s East Burglary Unit at 206-684-4300
Gordon and Irene Bergum will be remembered for their love of gardening (Irene in particular was passionate about flowers) and their generosity. They had a large, beautiful garden, and their intimate knowledge of all that was involved in maintaining it impelled them to set up a trust. At their passing, the trust created the Gordon and Irene Bergum Endowed Fund to help ensure that the Washington Park Arboretum has ongoing funds for maintenance. The UW Botanic Gardens is deeply grateful for their support.
Thank you to the Gordon and Irene Bergum Trust and everyone else who gave a gift and/or volunteered their time to UWBG in 2010. Donors and volunteers are critical to the continued success of UW Botanic Gardens.