Showcasing northwest plants since 1963

Referred to as Snohomish County's 'treasure', the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is both a place of beauty and education and is free to the public. Located on 3 ˝ acres in American Legion Memorial Park, Everett Washington, its ten themed gardens include the Urban Tree Walk, Entrance Garden, Rock Garden, Northwest Native Plant Trail, Japanese Maple Grove, Northwest Demonstration Garden, Viewing Mound, Woodland and Conifer Gardens as well as the 200' Snohomish County Master Gardener's Demonstration Border and sculptures throughout. Weaving through these gardens are ADA approved pervious pathways in most areas. There are countless ways to experience and enjoy all that the Evergreen Arboretum has to offer; docent-led tours, educational classes, the annual plant sale and volunteerism. Come witness the beauty that every season holds. The Arboretum is open from dawn until dusk.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” –John Muir

Come walk with us through the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens on Saturday, April 27th. The party starts at 1 PM and ends at 4 PM but come when you can and stay as long as you like! We will have appetizers and displays in the Horticultural Classroom, David Lee Howard will entertain you on acoustic guitar in the gazebo, and Garden Curators will show you all the ways we are changing and growing this jewel of an arboretum. This is the kick-off event for our wonderful new brochure, produced in part with a grant from the City of Everett Hotel Motel Fund.

So much has changed and we have a huge list of people to thank! The South area has two new gardens: the Nativar Garden and the Horizontal Rock Garden. It also boasts our largest metal sculpture, Siblings, by artist James Madison. Another sculpture, Equatorial Equinox, by artist David Haslett is on the way, to celebrate the life of Andy Sudkamp, Everett High School biology teacher and ardent arboretum member. Our long-awaited Leaf structures will be in place near the gazebo with leaves donated by the community. Three large concrete bowls now mark the transition between the Residential Demonstration Garden maintained by the Snohomish County Master Gardeners and the Viewing Mound. A brand new bridge, constructed as a local Eagle Scout project graces the Woodland Garden and Fernery. New garden signs are planned to be complete by the end of summer and we will have temporary signage in place for the party. And new donated benches provide a contemplative view of the gardens.

The gardens will be at their best; trees trimmed, pathways cleaned, spring plantings everywhere in evidence. The gardens will never be “finished” however. Our curators have big plans for the future that they would love to share, and the Evergreen Arboretum Society has plans to expand sponsorship and donation opportunities for businesses and individuals. One new way to recognize a person or company is via our new Tribute Tree program, where your donation provides a tree planted in the arboretum. A description of the program is online and a list of needed trees is sent when you inquire about the program online at

Update to Andy Sudkamp Sculpture Campaign

We are over 70% of the way to our goal, with over $7300 donated. Thank you - the Evergreen Arboretum Society and the Sudkamp family are is truly humbled by your generosity.

We have chosen the piece, Equatorial Equinox by Northwest artist David Haslett. A base and plaque are being prepared for installation.

Please consider a generous donation to help us get to our goal of $10,000.

Stone Sculpture Fundraiser in Memory of Andy Sudkamp, May 4, 1960-Aug 4, 2015

As a biology teacher at Everett High School, Andy Sudkamp was infected with a love of the natural world. He shared that love with everyone around him, often exclaiming, “Isn’t nature wonderful?” He cultivated nature in the showcase garden that was his backyard, featured more than once in the Evergreen Arboretum’s Gardens of Merit Tour.

His artistic nature drove him to create beautiful botanical illustrations. He loved to garden and to cook, but hated cell phones. He believed that everyone has within them something special to give to this world. 

Andy had just spent four days enjoying his large, extended family in Arizona when he set out with one of his brothers, Dave, to hike the Grand Canyon for the fourth time. Heading out from the south, they hiked for two days. Andy collapsed and died of cardiac arrest that second evening, just a few hundred yards from their planned camping site.

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Society is seeking donations for a stone sculpture (details below) that captures the spirit of Andy Sudkamp. Our goal is to raise $10,000. The Arboretum Society is hoping for installation by mid-April, 2019 in the South Area of the Arboretum at 145 Alverson Blvd in Everett’s Legion Park. We hope you will consider this project worthy of your support. To donate on our website use this link:

Or donate on our GoFundMe page at:

 Excerpted from Andy’s obituary in the Herald:
"He cared deeply for and cherished his students at Everett High as unique individuals, each possessing true gifts to make this planet a better place.Andy's spirit was nurtured by the smallest of creatures and plants and he shared that sense of wonder with all who knew him. His passions were wide and varied: mountains and wildflowers, hiking and camping, gardening and cooking,languages and travel, art, science, and history. His affection for his family,friends and students and his keen sense of humor are qualities that made him loved and respected by so many that he met along his trail.  He was taken from us way too early, but he was doing what made him so very happy. Cherish the times we had to share. His life serves as a lesson to us all. Savor life and believe in yourselves. "

 The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is registered as a 501(3) C non-profit with the IRS and all donations are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Evergreen Arboretum is to create and maintain an inspirational arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally-acclaimed and locally-enjoyed for its plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.

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145 Alverson Blvd.
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