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

November 2018 Annual Update

2019 Projected Income

2019 Projected Outcomes

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 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)

In Memory of Leah Alexander
Ellen and Al Carlin
Sharon Cohany and Glen Richardson
Lyn and Donald Kartiganer
David and Marcia McCracken
Randolph and Barbara Schnabel
Goldie Silverman
Howard Sorenson
Joan Sorenson
Margaret Sundberg

In Memory of Lyn Sauter
Charles M. Bagley, Jr.
Thomas and Dorothy Clark
Genevra Gerhart
Carol Green
Marta Kalve
Malcolm Moore
Jane Sage
Christopher Simison

$1,000 and Above

Susan Carter
Robert Franklin
Molly Hashimoto
Elizabeth Hebert
James Howard and Nancy Winder
Stanley Hungerford
Jimmy Larsen
Hans and Tina Mandt
Northwest Horticultural Society
Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation

$500 to $999

Phoebe Andrew
Chavah’s Garden
Christopher Mealy and Ara Jane Olufson
Myrtle DeFriel Unit #16, Arboretum Foundation
Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists
Professional Forestry Services
Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association

$250 to $499

Caren Crandell
Wendy DesCamp
Rachel Lodge
Raymond Monnat
John and Lee Neff
Sue Nevler
Ronda Stark
Michael Van Winkle
Sarah Yeager

$100 to $249

John Albers
Annette Barca
James Braden
Carolyn Bowman
Brooke/Wanless Gardens
Walt and Dona Bubelis
Lou Cabeen
Sarah Cheng
Molly and Bob Cleland
Jennifer Craig
Eliza Davidson
Emily Dexter
Janet Endsley
Steven and Peggy Garber
Elizabeth Gould
Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society
Maren Gribskov
Judy Griesel
Corinne Hollister
Gail Hongladarom
Marilyn Hughes
David Jenkins
Thomas Kelly
Corinne Kennedy
Virginia King
King County Iris Society
Yolanda Kirk
Susan Lally-Chiu
Madalene Lickey
Karen Long
Mark Lyke
John MacKean
Ciscoe Morris
Sue Nicol
North American Rock Garden Society, Northwestern Chapter
Tom Parker
Sara Patterson
Clara Dikun Peterson
Christina Pfeiffer
Susi Pinyuh
Shizue Prochaska
Gayle Richardson
Martha Robbins
Seattle Garden Club
Elizabeth Seder
Nancy Simsons
Sandra Solack
Walter Thompson
Susan Titcomb
Rachel Van Noord
Marty Wingate

Up to $99

JoAnn Alidina
American Horticultural Society
Marilyn Anderson
Suzanne and Marvin Anderson
Mark Benoit
Daniel Berry
Paula Bessette
Mark Blitzer
Norma Kirmmse Borden and Allan Borden
Joyce Brewster
Sharon Brown
William Budd
Jan Cranfield
Bruce Dacosta
Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson and Alan Dodson
Lynne De Merritt
Charlene and Charles De Rosier
Katherine Detore
Gabriele Dickmann
Barbara Dillard
Nancy Donnelly
Jean Emmons
Shelley Evans
Jerry Franklin
Wendy Gibble
Matt Giroux
Priscilla Grundy
Donald Gunderson
Hardy Perennials Garden Club
Catherine Hillenbrand
Katie Hopper
Livia Jackson
Joan Karkeck
Anna Kirby
Suzanne Kotz and Stephen Tarnoff
Bruce Landon
Janet Lewinsohn
Karen Long
Anne MacArthur
Susan Mandeville
Dianna Marshall
Elaine Matt
John McLaughlin
Andre Mora
Beverly Morrow
Allen and Margaret Nelson
Mariette O’Donnell
Sue Olsen
Marnie O’Sullivan
Thomas Palm
Carol Parks
Anne and John Pound
Rosalie Preble
Susan Rosenberg
Nita Rountree
Tera Schreiber
Shirley Sidell
John Stephens and Stephen McCormick
Abderrahmane Thami
Bill Thorness
Signa Treat
Richard Wieland
Susan Wilder
Audrey Wennblom

In addition to these monetary gifts, the Miller Library received 80 donations from private libraries – used books in good condition for a total estimated value of over $11,000
Please contact library manager, Brian Thompson at 206-543-1434, for information on making a donation.