Legacy Society

You are invited to join the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Legacy Society. The Society recognizes the Arboretum’s Friends and Benefactors who have made commitments to its future.

A bequest is one of the easiest ways to provide future support to Jenkins Arboretum. Remembering the Arboretum in your will ensures that generations to come will benefit from the preservation of 46-acres of rapidly disappearing natural environment. Your gift will protect natural habitats, watershed, and a treasured public botanical garden in this complex woodland ecosystem.

We have established the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Legacy Society to honor donors who have chosen to support the Arboretum through a bequest in their will or through a planned gift. Everyone can make a bequest to the Arboretum.

As a Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Legacy Society member you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Satisfaction of being an important part of the Arboretum and supporting its mission;
  • Recognition in special Arboretum publications, including the Annual Report (unless a member prefers not to be listed);
  • Honored by having your name acknowledged at the Arboretum upon receipt of the gift;
  • Invitations to special Arboretum Events held especially for our donors;
  • An acknowledgment gift honoring you as a member of the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Legacy Society.

Jenkins Arboretum is a carefully planned botanical garden established in 1968 through a bequest from H. Lawrence Jenkins to preserve the property as a public garden to be enjoyed for its natural beauty as well as used for horticultural and scientific study. The Arboretum is committed to conserving 46 acres of the once bountiful Pennsylvania woodland and nurtures one of the state’s major horticultural showcases of native trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, laurel, blueberries, ferns and wildflowers.

Our mission is that Jenkins Arboretum is to be preserved in perpetuity as a place of natural beauty for the enjoyment of the public, as a living example of natural systems and the value of open space, and as an asset to the community through the pursuit of excellence in botanical display, research, and education.

The Arboretum serves as a public open-air recreational, educational and environmental model for the appreciation and stewardship of nature. It is a model for others to follow. With plant walks, horticultural lectures, workshops, tours and special events offered by the Arboretum, each visitor has a personally tailored, meaningful experience and is deeply enriched. The Arboretum continues to grow and thrive because of the many wonderful and dedicated people who have donated their time and resources.

Every year visitors stroll the 1.2 miles of woodland paths in the Arboretum and leave with inspiration for their own gardens and for their artwork. People are humbled by the strength and beauty of nature here. Spirits are renewed and sustained by the tranquility offered in this botanical sanctuary.

Providing a bequest to Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is a meaningful way to ensure that its significant plant collections and many specialized programs continue to prosper. It is a gift that keeps on giving. An unrestricted bequest allows the gift to be applied where the need is greatest.

A will is an extremely important document. If properly structured it allows you to do many things, including:

Make provisions for your heirs according to your wishes.

  • Appoint an executor for your estate.
  • Establish trusts.
  • Make charitable gifts.
  • Reduce estate taxes.

    This information is not intended as legal, financial or tax advice. We suggest you contact your attorney, accountant, and/or financial advisor in planning a bequeath gift.

Jenkins Arboretum & Garden is the full legal name of the Arboretum. It has been recognized by the U.S. Treasury as a 501 (c) 3 organization, and gifts and bequests to it qualify as charitable deductions for federal tax purposes. (EIN # 23-2726419)

Your attorney can help you prepare your will and choose the best wording for your particular circumstances. The following is sample wording for you and your attorney to consider when including a bequest to benefit Jenkins Arboretum in your will.

to provide general support to Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

I give and bequest to Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, located at
631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA 19333

The sum of $___________ ,
___________% of the residue and remainder of my estate,

to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.

Please complete and return a confidential form that allows us to recognize your thoughtful plans.