Support The Oregon Garden


A Word from the Director


As they have for so many of our community members and local organizations, 2020 and 2021 have proven to be difficult years for the Garden. The COVID-19 pandemic saw us completely shut down operations for more than two months, drastically impacting our revenue and annual visitation. 

Then, in September, nearby wildfires blanketed the Garden and surrounding area in dense smoke and ash, causing another 10-day closure. In early November, the cost of operating the Garden in the face of mounting difficulties made it no longer feasible for the existing management company to continue operating the Garden. In their absence, the Oregon Garden Foundation stepped up to ensure the Garden would continue to persevere.

Shortly thereafter, increased COVID-19 restrictions closed the Garden for another 2 1/2 weeks. And, most recently, the February 2021 ice storm that hit Northwest Oregon wreaked havoc on our property, causing extensive damage to trees, infrastructure and causing a days-long power outage that will likely see the Garden closed for a week or more.

And while all this might read like a grim series of events that has seemed to spell out serious trouble for the Garden, our staff and supporters choose to see it as a sign of our perseverance in the face of almost insurmountable challenges. We can’t express how deep our gratitude is to the members who have stuck with us, the volunteers who have worked by our sides and the donors and guests who continue to patron us through it all. Truly, without you, we wouldn’t be here.

For those who are in a position to do so, you may continue to help the Garden during this difficult time in a number of ways.

First and foremost, cash donations in any amount allow us to meet our most immediate needs. Click here to make a donation.

Those who are interested in volunteering their time are invited to complete a Volunteer Application.

And organizations who are able to make in-kind donations of equipment or services such as power equipment, vehicles, tree trimming, masonry, carpentry, irrigation work, etc are invited to e-mail us at

Once again, we are so proud to be a part of such a supportive community, and we hope you feel our appreciation and love for what we do throughout every inch of our 80+ acres.



Delen Kitchen

Director of Operations



Donating to the Garden is easy and tax-deductible. We thank you for all donations that ensure the future of The Oregon Garden.

Mail donations:

Oregon Garden Foundation • P.O. Box 155, Silverton, OR 97381

Support our Current Projects by making an online donation


Cultivate Color

Sponsor an annual planting in memory or appreciation of someone you care about! Renew your gift annually in order to keep  your recognition displayed in the Garden.

A custom plaque will be placed in our annual plantings from May to October. Watch your gift grow each time you visit the Garden.

Horticultural Enhancement Fund

The Horticultural Enhancement Fund will be used to support planned projects and supplies proposed by the Horticulture Department and approved by The Oregon Garden Foundation’s Board of Directors. With a continuous stream of fundraising sources and growth each year, the HEF will be able to invest thousands of dollars each year directly into the Garden.

The proceeds from each brick goes into our Horticultural Enhancement Fund.

Legacy and Memorial Giving

Leave your mark in The Oregon Garden with a commemorative brick!

  • $125 – Footprint Sponsorship – 2 lines-17 characters per line. (Brick size 4×8)
  • $250 – Pathway Sponsorship – 3 lines-17 characters per line. (Brick size 8×8)
  • $500 – Way-finder Sponsorship – 3 lines-20 characters per line. (Brick size 12×12)

We are happy to plan with you your legacy gift or a memorial bench should you wish to include The Oregon Garden as part of your estate plan. Contributions may always be given in honor or memory of a loved one, and recognition of these gifts will be placed in the Garden’s newsletter. Thank you for supporting your Oregon Garden!


Ken Hector at 

The Oregon Garden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows. Our Tax-ID number is 93-1127001

Thank you for your continued support and interest in making The Oregon Garden a world-class destination.

The Oregon Garden Foundation Board of Directors

  • Ken Hector – Board Chair, Former Mayor of Silverton
  • Mary “Bunny” McNatt – Garden Advocate, Community Volunteer
  • Mark Gummin, Secretary/Treasurer – Silverton Business Owner
  • Randal Thomas – Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Verl Holden – Garden Founder, Holden Wholesale Growers, Inc.
  • Darin Rybloom – Manager, Roth’s Fresh Catering
  • Kathleen Zaragoza – Garden Volunteer, City of Silverton

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