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

2020 Projected Income

2020 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 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

$1000 and Above

Arboretum Foundation Unit #86 – Japanese Garden
James Braden
Susan Carter
Molly Hashimoto
Elizabeth Hebert
Larry Howard and Nancy Winder
Jimmy Larsen
Northwest Horticultural Society
Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation

$500 to $999

Phoebe Andrew
Arboretum Foundation Unit #16 – Myrtle Defriel
Marian Hanson
Gail Hongladarom
Stanley Hungerford
Christopher Mealy and Ara Olufson
Raymond Monnat
Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists
Professional Forestry Services
Rosemary Washington
Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association

$250 to $499

John Albers
Linda Andrews
The Book Club of Washington
Caren Crandell
Chavah’s Garden
William Alexander Hagenah
John and Lee Neff
Sarah Yeager

$100 to $249

Carmen Angiuli
Annette Barca
Lisa Bauer
Carrie Bowman
Brooke/Wanless Gardens
Walt and Dona Bubelis
Louise Cabeen
Bob and Molly Cleland
Christie Coxley
Jennifer Craig
Alan P. Dodson and Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson
Janet and Michael Endsley
Kaylin Francis
Jerry Franklin
Steve and Peggy Garber
Elizabeth Gould and Peter Zika
Maren Gribskov
Judy Griesel
Katie Hopper
Marilyn Hughes
David Jenkins
Arnold and Carol Jolles
Thomas Kelly
Corinne Kennedy
Virginia King
Yolanda Kirk
Suzanne Kotz and Stephen Tarnoff
Madalene Lickey
Daniel Lowery
Mark Lyke
Dianna Marshall
John MacKean
Roy Martin
Bill McJohn
North American Rock Garden Society, Northwest Chapter
Sue Nicol
Tom Parker
Clara Dikun Peterson
Christina Pfeiffer
Susi Pinyuh
Shizue Prochaska
Gayle Richardson
Susan Rosenberg
Randolph Schnabel
Seattle Garden Club
Connie and John Sidles
Ronda Stark
Walter Thompson
Jennifer Vonholstein
Susan and Bill Wilder
Marty and Leighton Wingate
John Wott

Up to $99

Jill Bader
Donald Bassman
Paula Bessette
Mark Blitzer
Norma Kirmmse-Borden and Allan Borden
Joyce Brewster
Frederick and Jane Hoyt Buckner
William Troy Budd
Eliza Davidson and Randolph Urmston
Noma Edwards
Jean Emmons
Emily Gatch
Wendy Gibble
Matt Giroux
Sue Goetz
Greenbelt Consulting
Priscilla and Roy Grundy
Donald Gunderson
Fred Hanson
Hi-Lites Garden Club
Joan Karkeck
Janet Lewinsohn
Karen Long
Anne MacArthur
John McLaughlin
Michele Moore
Margaret Nelson
Sue Olsen
Marnie O’Sullivan
Thomas Palm
Sylvia Portillo
Anne and John Pound
Martha Robbins
Nita Jo Rountree
Meg Ryan
Gale and Marcel Schwarb
Sandra Solack
John Stephens and Stephen McCormick
Abderrahmane Thami
Bill and Susie Thorness
Signa Treat
Rachel Van Noord and Ben Peterson

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.