Elisabeth C. Miller Library

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 2021

2022 Projected Income

total income = $330,000

2022 Projected Outcomes

total expenses = $330,000

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 www.millerlibrary.org
  • 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 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

$1000 and above

Susan Carter
Molly Hashimoto
Elizabeth Hebert
Larry Howard and Nancy Winder
Hans and Tina Mandt
Sue and Dave Nicol
Northwest Horticultural Society
Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation
Michael and Mary Van Winkle

$500 to $999

John Albers
Phoebe Andrew
Mark Lyke
Chris Mealy and Ara Olufson
Ray Monnat
Lee and John Neff
Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association

$250 to $499

Suzanne and Marvin Anderson
Kathleen Atkins
Caren and Dorothy Crandell
Jerry Franklin
Hardy Perennials Garden Club
Thomas Kelly
Sue Nevler
Larry and Lucille Pasco
Connie and John Sidles
Susanna Steiff Pinyuh
Rachel Van Noord and Benjamin Peterson
Sarah Yeager
Marcia Zech

$100 to $249

Annette Barca
Lisa Bauer
Betty Bottler
Carrie Bowman
James Braden
Joyce and David Brewster
Walt and Dona Bubelis
Louise Cabeen
Jennifer Craig
Katherine Detore
Clara Dikun Peterson
Jean Emmons
Janet and Michael Endsley
Hillary Ethe
Steve and Peggy Garber
Elizabeth Gould and Peter Zika
Judy Griesel
Fred and Ellen Hanson
Jo Iaciofano
David Jenkins
Arnold and Carol Jolles
Corinne Kennedy
Virginia King
Yolanda Kirk
Suzanne Kotz and Stephen Tarnoff
Jimmy Larsen
Janet Lewinsohn
Madalene Lickey
Nora McDonnell Strothman
Bill McJohn
North American Rock Garden Society, Northwestern Chapter
Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists
Tom Parker
Christina and George Pfeiffer
Sylvia Portillo
Shizue Prochaska
Susan Reynolds Rosenberg
Gayle Richardson
Martha Robbins
Randolph Schnabel
Sandra Schulze
Seattle Garden Club
Christopher Sharpe
Elizabeth Simon
Deborah Smeltzer and David Kingsbury
Sandra Solack
Walter Thompson
Usha Varanasi
Linda Vorobik

Up to $99

JoAnn and Abdul Alidina
Jean Amick
Marilyn Anderson
Mark Blitzer
Frederick and Jane Hoyt Buckner
Emily Buckner
William Troy Budd
Molly and Bob Cleland
Julie Coryell
Jan Cranfield
Eliza Davidson and Randolph Urmston
Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson and Alan Dodson
Barbara Dillard
Liz Exell
Suzanne Ferris and Neal Bonham
Wendy Gibble
Matt Giroux
Alex Greene
Cathy Hillenbrand
Weikun Hu
Joan Karkeck
Norma Kirmmse-Borden and Allan Borden
Lake Washington Garden Club #5
Karen Long and Rachel Fox
Anne MacArthur
Elaine Matt
John McLaughlin and Madeline Beery
Daniel Mount
Margaret and Allen Nelson
Sue Olsen
Thomas Palm
Rosalie Preble
Sashi Raghupathy
Nita Jo Rountree
Meg Ryan
John Stephens and Stephen McCormick
Bill and Susie Thorness
Signa Treat
Joni Vanderburg-Paner
Audrey Wennblom
Hui-Yong Yu

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