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Donor and Financial Information

Noteworthy throughout the 30+ year history of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library has been the generosity of the gardening community to help build both the building and the collections of the library, demonstrating the unique public-private partnership that exists between the University of Washington and the gardeners of the Northwest.

Generous support of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library through fundraising events by foundations and horticultural organizations has helped the library over the years and remains a critical component for our everyday operations. Not only do they raise needed funding but the events also build a sense of community and close relations between the library and gardeners throughout the Northwest. Donor Acknowledgement

To donate online use the UW secure form or mail a check made out “UW-Miller Library Fund” to Elisabeth C. Miller Library, UW Botanic Gardens, Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115.

Annual Update 2022

2023 Projected Income

total income = $360,700

2023 Projected Outcomes

total expenses = $360,700

Outcome Descriptions

(All activities include staff salaries and benefits.)


  • Researching and selecting potential acquisitions of both books and magazines
  • Ordering and processing receipt of acquisitions, including magazine check-ins
  • Cataloging new acquisitions; catalog maintenance
  • On-going review of collection content, review of donated books and magazines, binding of historical magazines

Reference Services

  • Helping library visitors with their research
  • Plant Answer Line service for phone, e-mail, and web submitted questions
  • Gardening Answers Knowledgebase updates and maintenance


  • Story Time programs
  • Library presentations and tours
  • Art exhibits; student poster exhibits
  • Leaflet and Leaflet for Scholars
  • Updating and maintaining
  • Plant sales and garden tours calendar
  • Research guide for students; other recommended websites
  • Book reviews for local and national publications
  • Participation in international professional associations for plant science libraries

Community Development

  • Annual book sale and party
  • Donor events
  • Volunteer thank you event
  • Donor records management
  • Annual appeal, thank you letters


  • Supervision of staff, students, and volunteers
  • Personnel records; time sheets
  • Management and reconciliation of budgets
  • Library equipment maintenance; acquisition of supplies
  • Participation in UW Botanic Garden management activities and events

Donor Acknowledgement

95% of the Miller Library’s direct operating support is raised through foundations, endowments, and individuals. Your support is critical to the continued health of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

Major funding for the Miller Library comes from:

Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

Additional support comes from:

Northwest Horticultural Society

Established Endowments and UW State Budget, including:

  • UW/Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library Endowment
  • NHS/Seattle Foundation Endowment
  • UW/Ruth Ellerbeck Endowed Fund
  • UW/Jill Riehl Endowed Fund
  • UW/UWBG state budget

University of Washington

We are appreciative of the University of Washington for providing administrative support, personnel services, legal support, building services, and endowment funds management in addition to funds for operations.

Many individuals, garden societies and small businesses.

Donations in Fiscal Year 2022 (July 2021-June 2022)

$1000 and above

Arboretum Foundation
Northwest Horticultural Society
James Braden
Susan Carter
Molly Hashimoto
The Hilen Foundation (Tina and Hans Mandt)
Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation
Larry Howard and Nancy Winder
Jimmy Larsen
Sue Nicol
Elizabeth Simon

$500 to $999

Phoebe Andrew
Chris Mealy
Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists
Juliet Shen
Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association

$250 to $499

Chavahs Garden
Eliza Davidson
Thomas P. Kelly
Raymond Monnat
Clara Dikun Peterson
Tom Parker
Deborah Smeltzer and David Kingsburg

$100 to $249

John Albers
Suzanne and Marvin Anderson
Carrie Bowman
Joyce Brewster
Walt and Dona Bubelis
Julie Coryell
Caren Crandell
Suzanne Davis
Tanya DeMarsh Dodson and Alan Dodson
Janet and Michael Endsley
Jerry Franklin
Steven Garber
Paul and Karen Gardiner
Kathleen Gilmore
Matt Giroux
Elisabeth Gould
Greenbelt Consulting
Fred and Ellen Hanson
Deborah Heg
Ann Hobson
Gail Hongladarom
David Hutchinson
David Jenkins
Arnold and Carol Jolles
Corinne Kennedy
Virginia King
Yolanda Kirk
Suzanne Kotz & Stephen Tarnoff
Kathy Lantz
John Loveall
Mark Lyke
Roy W. Martin
Bill McJohn
John McLaughlin and Madeline Beery
Margaret Nelson
Sue Nevler
Northwestern Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society
Sara Patterson
Christina and George Pfeiffer
Susanna Pinyuh
Anne and John Pound
Rosalie and Charles Preble
Martha Robbins
Susan Rosenberg
Estate of Mary Rupp
Constance and John Sidles
Sandra Solack
Richie Steffen
Tiffany Stilwater
David Streatfield
Walter Thompson
Linda Vorobik
Rosemary Washington
Susan and William Wilder
Marty and Leighton Wingate
Catherine Wyndham
Sarah Yeager
Hui-Yong Yu

Up to $99

JoAnn Alidina
Marilyn Anderson
Arboretum Foundation Unit #5
Judith Bezy
Sharon Birzer
Mark Blitzer
Frederick and Jane Hoyt Buckner
William Troy Budd
Lou Cabeen
Amy Candiotti
Molly and Bob Cleland
Rick Collins
Martha Cotton
Jan Cranfield
Marsha Crivello
Gabriele Dickmann
Shelley Evans
Wendy Gibble
Priscilla Grundy
Donald Gunderson
Ann Hursey
Joan Karkeck
Ian Keck
Norma Kirmmse-Borden and Allan Borden
Galina Panox Kreymer
Janet Lewinsohn
Karen Long
Anne Mac Arthur
Sue Marley
Elaine Matt
K. L. Moffett
Daniel Mount
Michelle Ng
Diane Nuckles
Sue Olsen
Thomas Palm
Katrina Perekrestenko
Sylvia Portillo
Gayle Richardson
Nita-Jo Rountree
Gale Schwarb
Lauren Snider
John Stephens and Steve McCormick
Anita Sterling
Nora McDonnell Strothman
Mary Catherine Talbot
Joni Vanderburg-Paner
Martha West
Deborah Wheeler
Maia Xiao

Please contact library manager, Brian Thompson at 206-543-1434, for information on making a donation.