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