The objective of the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation is to build the community-owned and -operated Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (NSNG). The Garden provides the general public with exhibitions, presentations, and education programs on garden art — including but not limited to the culture, selection and arrangement of plants, art for garden settings, creation of garden structures and paths, and the art of recycling as pertaining to gardens.
The Highline Botanical Garden Foundation (HBGF) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in the State of Washington. The Foundation was begun by volunteers committed to creating a regional garden in the Highline area, starting with the preservation of the Elda Behm “Paradise Garden,” a stunning English Country Garden that stood in the shadow of SeaTac Airport’s proposed third runway. Through the efforts of many volunteers, the City of SeaTac, and the Port of Seattle, the Foundation moved thousands of plants from Elda’s garden to the North SeaTac Park. More than three-and-one-half acres of the eleven-acre site are now planted. Highland has added society beds (roses, daylilies, irises) with more to come and share, along with a wonderful relocated Japanese Garden. The Foundation has built infrastructure to sustain the garden: irrigation, pathways, a drainage system, and a water feature to showcase the natural setting and eco-system of the Park. Expansion occurs, according to the Garden’s master plan, as funding becomes available.
Board of Directors
Role of the Board of Directors
The Foundatin’s Board of Directors is working hard to build a strong future for the Garden. Board members serve on the Design Committee, which sets design parameters and policies to ensure a healthy, aesthetically pleasing environment. Others serve on the Community Relations or the Fundraising Committees in pursuit of community support to pay for the Garden’s operating and capital expenses. Still others help with the important organizational responsibilities that make the Foundation a sound fiscal operation. Board members share a fiduciary responsibility for the Garden’s annual budget and financial operations.
The HBGF Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the North SeaTac Park Community Center. Each Board member is asked to join at least one committee that may meet for another 1–2 hours at least every other month. From time to time, volunteer assistance working in the garden is suggested, and Board members contribute time and energy to such special events as plant sales, fundraising/marketing events, and the volunteer appreciation luncheon. On average, Board members give 4–6 hours per month to the organization.
All HBGF Board members are expected to support the Foundation as Patrons (a $100 annual commitment) and are encouraged, although never pressured, to contribute at a higher level. Since the Board recognizes that not every member is able to make a major financial contribution to the Garden, Board members are asked to help with raising funds. This can consist of everything from inviting possible donors to visit the garden, help organize a fund raising event, or even write a grant.
Every Board member of the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation shares the joy of watching the Garden grow, bringing beauty to an area that has needed a place of respite for a long time. Surrounded by SeaTac International Airport, parts plants, and neighborhoods of families who have come to love the Park, the Highline Botanical Garden is a magical place.
Jason Billingsley, Incoming President
Board Term: 2012–2016
Jason is the manager at Furney’s Nursery, SW King County’s premier retail nursery.
Mike Fitzpatrick, City of SeaTac Liaison
Board Term: Ongoing
Mike is Parks Maintenance Manager for the City of SeaTac.
Luanne Coachman, Ex-Officio
Board Term: Ex-Officio Ongoing
Luanne is a planner/attorney with King County who has worked on Clean Water, Endangered Species, and State Environmental Policy Act programs. She is also the founder of the King County Employees’ Garden Club, and gardens on Kent’s West Hill.
Janet Dillow, Secretary
Board Term: 2011–2018
Janet is president of the Puget Sound Fuchsia Club, the Northwest’s oldest organization of fuchsia enthusiasts.
Garry Fanthorpe, Outgoing President
Board Term: 2010-2017
Garry is past-president of the Puget Sound Daylily Club.
Lori McCleary, Treasurer
Board Term: Ongoing
Lori is a University of Washington graduate with a B.A. in Business Administration, Accounting major. She enjoys gardening in Des Moines.
Wendy Morgan, Ex-Officio Chair, Fund-Raising Committee
Board Term: Ongoing
Wendy is a grant-writing consultant.
Board Term: 2013–2016
Jennifer is a high-school science teacher and former USMG.
Members are sought for the following committees:
- Planning and Design
- Membership and Nominating
- Community Relations
For information on fundraising, please contact Wendy Morgan.