Inside an Arboretum

All about Arboretums


You may have heard about aquariums, terrariums, and vivariums but now we’ll add arboretums.  Arboretums are similar to all of the above

but specifically for trees.  They can’t exactly fit inside a glass tank though, so they’re open air.

The purpose for arboretums can vary but they almost all aim to preserve and protect different types of trees and shrubs.  Some arboretums may

be more decorative and some may be more simplistic.  You may also stumble upon arboretums that are part of larger botanical gardens or have meditation gardens within them.  There can be tons of diversity within these landscapes dedicated to our gorgeous oxygenating friends, and they can be found around the world.

As you continue to read, click the links to see more of these beautiful habitats!.

kew gardens

  The largest arboretum in the world is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England.

This botanical garden allows you to explore Wakehurst which contains a variety of trees and other plants that stretches for 500 acres! which contains a variety of trees and other plants that stretches for 500 acres!

The largest in the U.S. is the New York Botanical Gardens.  This garden is only a 4 hour drive from Bradley Tree and Landscape in Hudson NH.  It may not be a short drive, but if you pack some snacks and plan for some bathroom breaks, it’s do-able!  These gardens are home to over one million plants and 30,000 different trees.  These trees are planted along 250 acres and the garden has seasonal displays so you can see gorgeous displays of nature ‘year round!

If you’re looking to see some trees that may be a bit closer to home for you but with a greater variety than you find in your own backyard, you can find plenty of arboretums in New England. The largest arboretum in New England is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

monarch butterfly

 These gardens can make a great family trip because they have attractions for everyone from meditation gardens and kitchen gardens to children’s gardens and fairy houses!

You could also swing over to The Botanic Garden of Smith College in Northampton, MA to enjoy the plant and art displays by students at this beautiful all girls college.

building with tree

  Another Massachusetts garden attraction can be found in Boylston, MA.  The New England Botanical Gardens at Tower Hill are home to several beautiful gardens and displays including an orchard which was recently restored by replacing the older trees with saplings to protect against diseases.

Arboretum outside Garden

So, the next time you’re looking for a tree adventure maybe pop over to a few of these botanical gardens and arboretums to visit all the displays they have to marvel at and learn from.  Trees can have a lot to tell us so be sure to listen and get ready to learn about the magnificent trees from all around the world.  If you are interested in becoming a member of  The Arbor Day Foundation you’ll make a difference in protecting trees and our environment.   And, the Arbor Day Foundation is a great place to learn about and purchase trees specifically for your home’s location.

P.S.  We want to give a big “thank you” to our blog writer Jerrika Latham, who as you may have guessed,  loves trees!


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