What is an Arboretum?
Webster’s definition: A place for the study and exhibition of trees. From a UCF (Urban and Community Forestry) perspective, arboreta play an important role in showing how different trees perform in a community or region.
A visit to a community arboretum will help you appreciate the importance of the trees around us. You may also see trees that you might want to plant in your own yard.
Arboretums in Your Area
Here are just a few of Oregon’s community arboretums that offer lots to see and appreciate.
Heritage Trees of Albany Establish a greater understanding and appreciation for trees that have stood since Albany began. Self-guided tour. Detailed brochure available at the Albany Visitor Associa- tion, 250 Broadalbin Street SW, Suite 110. 541.928.0911 or 800.526.2256 Best viewing: Spring - Fall
Lithia Park A 93-acre vista of emerald lawns, colorful landscaping, a picnic area, and playground equipment, the park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots. Began in the 1800’s as a water-powered sawmill and a flour mill standing on the banks of Ashland Creek. Located in downtown Ashland, 541-488-5340 for info.
Coos Bay: Shore Acres State Park Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, this park was once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson. Features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Also includes an oriental-style pond and two rose gardens. Colored lights and decorations from Thanksgiving through New Years. Off US 101, 13 mi. SW of Coos Bay (541) 888-2472.
Corvallis: Cloverland Park Small Tree Arboretum Trees selected for their relatively small mature size, and aesthetic attributes; designed to help select trees for sites with limited space, like patios, side yards, under power lines. At the corner of Arthur Ave and 29th St.
Peavy Arboretum Located north of Corvallis on Hwy 99W. For more information: Janet Ross - 541.737.6394
Dallas: Delbert Hunter Arboretum 631 Park St. Dallas, OR 503-623-7359 Open year round for self-guided tours.
Echo: Oregon Trail Arboretum From Hermiston follow Hwy. 395 to I- 84. Cross the overpass (188), but do not get onto the freeway. You are now on Thielsen Road. Follow this road to the highschool, turn left on Gerone St. (follow signs to Pendleton). The school athletic club is on the left. Follow the fence and the arboretum is at the end. 541.376.8411
Oregon’s Butterfly Pavilion Observe a butterfly’s lifecycle, walk in the native Oregon park & enjoy “butterfly friendly” flowers and plants. Located approx. 1 mile outside of Elkton on Hwy. 38. 554.584.2692
Mount Pisgah Arboretum A lovely 209-acre living tree museum; enjoy riverside trails, quiet paths through coniferous forests, wildflower meadows, a water garden teeming with life, and open views across savannas of Oregon White Oak. Located inside the Howard Buford Recreation Area, Mt Pisgah Arboretum is a Lane County Park bordering the coast fork of the Willamette River. From the east end of the 1-5 overpass at the 30th Street/LCC exit, go one block left and turn right at the gas station. Take the first left onto Seavey Loop Road, and drive approximately 2 miles. Go over the one-lane bridge and into the recreation area. General Information: 541.747.3817.
Klamath Community Arboretum Located behind the Oregon Institute of Technology. Go north on Campus Drive, stay right when Campus Drive reaches the school, turn left on East Perimeter Drive. For more information call: Ed DeBlander, 503.883.5681.
Ron Rohweder Arboretum Central Elementary School, 402 “K” Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850. Located at the southeast corner of Sunset Drive and “K” Avenue, just east of Grand Ronde Hospital.