Collections and Gardens

fountains in Italian Garden

In consultation with The Arboretum Director, prospective donors have the opportunity to leave a named legacy within The Arboretum. With significant financial support, The Arboretum will be able to continue the ongoing development of existing collections, the addition of built features, the development of educational programming related to the collection and the development and installation of interpretive and informational brochures and signage in the name of the donor. The same process and outcomes for an as yet undeveloped collection would apply.

Depending on a number of factors including size, age of plant material, location and collection purposes, donations of $30,000 or more will bring opportunities to name the collection. A minimum of $20,000 is required to endow the feature to ensure the ongoing maintenance.

Examples of named collections with endowments include the Frances Ball Rose Garden, OAC '56 Park in the Garden and the David G. Porter Memorial Japanese Garden.

Alternative naming opportunities lie within the area of educational programs such as the William Girling Educational Fund or the Robert "Bob" Keith Horticultural Speaker Series.

Naming donations can be made over a number of years, with a minimum donation of $10,000 per year. The University of Guelph acknowledges donations of this size or greater with membership in the Governors' Council.

For further information, please contact Shelley Hunt at 519-824-4120, ext 52356 or