Member Recognition20170731 175929

Almost 30 years ago Sandi Phipps visited the Arboretum for the first time with a friend. They were both interested in learning more about herbs. Sandi not only found friendly volunteers and staff, but also a place where she could volunteer to help grow, maintain, and harvest the herb garden. Sandi’s husband, Ken, worked at the Mound but always found time to bring Sandi out every week so she could work with the herb volunteer group. Ken remembers the Arboretum in those early years as a field with a small building. When Ken retired he started volunteering in the group with Sandi. Occasionally he was given special projects to work on and remembers a pruning project that lasted three years. Sandi and Ken feel that being Foundation members is a valuable investment in keeping the Arboretum healthy into the future. They especially love to see kids enjoying the Arboretum, some of whom probably don’t have many opportunities to explore the green space the Arboretum offers. Sandi says the couple is “like the weeds – they keep coming back”…and have for close to 30 years now.