Introduction to Arboretums:

Find Arboretums near you, and take a visit to enjoy the peace and tranquility they have to offer. Trees are an amazing piece of nature that is instrumental in bringing any garden design together. Not only do they provide shade and a habitat for wildlife, but they can provide beauty and substance to any location that will last a lifetime. If you are looking to incorporate trees and shrubs into your garden, but not sure how to begin, you need only look below to find the answer!

Midwestern Arboretums:

Dubuque: Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Garden was established in 1980 and sits on 52 acres. Gardens include a Formal Rose Garden, Herb Garden, English Knot Garden, Vegetable Garden, Japanese Garden, as well as an award-winning Hosta Garden.

Morton Arboretum: Spread over 1700 acres of woods, lakes, prairie and gardens, you will find an environment filled with many engaging activities that will entice the young and the old to learn and thrive in wonderful ways. Along 16 miles of trails, you will happen upon many forms of wildlife, including 200 species of birds living among majestic trees. Within the gardens, you will discover a unique Maze Garden. Try to find your way through this one-acre living maze, or climb up a balcony built around a large sycamore tree, and enjoy an elevated view of others trying to solve the puzzle of the maze.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: This site includes the oldest and one of the most varied collection of restores ecological communities that you will find anywhere in the world. The collection includes savannas, wetlands, tall grass prairies, and several forest types. It houses a lilac collection that is famous the world over, along with flowering trees and shrubs. In addition to the ecological collections, thousands of plant collections can also be found spread across 3 separate formal gardens.

Northern Arboretums:

Arnold: One of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants, this site is located at Harvard University in Boston Massachusetts. Here they promote research into the evolutionary history and biology of plants, with a traditional focus on North America collections, as well as tropical Asia. They offer educational programs to the general public, as well as school groups, including courses, lectures, and walks of the grounds focusing on plant cultivation and ecology. It also offers a quarterly magazine call the Arnoldia, which provides readers more in-depth information on botany, horticulture, and general garden history.

Minnesota: Here you will find over 1000 acres of model landscaping and magnificent gardens, not to mention natural woodlands and wetlands, and prairie settings with large collections of northern hardy plants. You can walk or bike over 12 miles of trails and paths. This Garden has many collections and exhibits to explore, including a waterfall and dwarf conifer garden with over 150 specimens, a Sensory Garden that will engage your sense and refresh the spirit, an Ornamental grass collection that is one of the largest in the United States, and a Hosta Glade containing over 300 varieties, that is one of the finest collections in the upper Midwest.

Southern Arboretums:

Dallas: Sitting on 66 acres on White Rock Lake, The Dallas Garden serves more than 500,000 visitors from 50 countries every year. Founded upon the dreams of a few visionary Dallasites, the Garden provides a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery. This Garden was named one of MSN's Top Ten Places to Visit in 2007. Some of the many features included an enchanting Fern Dell that contains more than 90 varieties of ferns, azaleas, and mature trees along a meandering brook, a 2+ acres cottage Ornamental Garden, as well as a Sunken Garden.

Jacksonville: Sitting on 120 acres and offering more than 2 miles of hiking paths, the gardens are a stunning showcase of the flora and tree life found in northern Florida. Visitors can stroll around a 2 acre lake and walk the many paths and trails to admire the landscape. With the exception of the special events that are held within the gardens throughout the year, admission to the grounds is free.

Knoxville: Sitting on a ridge-top, surrounded by an urban community 5 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the Garden occupies 44 acres of a 200 year old nursery in Tennessee. Secret gardens, stone-sided greenhouses, and whimsical round stone buildings add to the magic of the gardens. The Garden is open to the general public year round, from sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.

East Coast Arboretums:

National: The Asian Collections are among the most impressive displays at this garden as each part of the collection evokes a different mood. The Camellia Collection, with its cold hardy camellias is in full splendor in mid- autumn. Find a subdued shady spot of peace and meditation in the Japanese Woodland, or visit the Asian Valley for dramatic springs bloom views. Among the other collections you will find the National Herb Garden, Fern Valley, Dogwood Collections, Azalea Collections, as well as a perennial garden and the National Grove of State Trees that offers the complete collection of all 50 state trees on a 30 acre site.

North Carolina: Established in 1986 as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina, this 434 acre public garden is located within the Pisgah National Forest. Among the grounds you will find 65 acres of cultivated gardens and collections that pay tribute to the region’s rich heritage and are sure to delight the senses. In addition you will find one of the most unique and finest bonsai collections in the United States. What makes this exhibit different from all others is the art is expressed with a Southern Appalachian accent. The National Native Azalea Collection is also located here, consisting of every species of azalea native to the US, nestled into a stunning woodland garden.

West Coast Arboretums:

Finch: This collection of woody plants and trees sits nestled on 65 acres of woodlands in southwestern Spokane, WA. All of the plants and trees in this wonderful collection are labeled so that they can be studied in the field by students and horticulturalists and naturalists alike. For those of you living in the Spokane area, the grounds can be an excellent source for information related to garden designs and plants that are hardy to your region. Don’t pass up this great opportunity to learn about gardening and trees!

Los Angeles: A unique 127 acre historical site and garden that is located in the heart of Rancho Santa Anita. Home to many rare and endangered species, as well as plant collections from all over the world, the Garden is also a rich historic site that includes Rancho Period, late 19th century, and Native American treasures. This site also houses a library that contains roughly 20,000 books on topics related to horticulture, gardening, botany, agriculture, as well as California native plant life.

Yakima: This living museum contains well over two thousand different plant and tree specimens in its collection that sits on roughly forty six acres along the Yakima River in Washington State. The grounds are open to the public every day starting at dawn and closing at dusk. Yakima not only contains a collection of trees and woody plants that are native to Washington, but it also houses an herbarium, as well as countless exotic species from around the world. This unique site presents a stunning display for visitors both local, and from around the country.

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