What if you could see which shrubs and trees grow well in your landscape? Or learn of plants mature sizes without waiting for years? An Arboretum can show and tell.
What Is An Arboretum?
An Arboretum is a place where trees are grown, but not only trees. Many are places to find shrubs, perennials, and wildflowers – many plants that you may wish to have in your garden. It is mostly a showcase for woody plants, however.
Purposes for Arboretums are not simply as places where there is a collection of interesting and beautiful plants are grown, although they are that;. The purpose for these landscapes is to gain scientific strides in horticulture, with education of the public in mind.
Arboretums are grown with an educational mission. To help visitors become familiar with the kinds of plantings that are grown within the collection, to learn how to combine plantings, to aid with conservation. One expert calls such a place a “Museum of trees”.
How will that well praised tree of the garden center look after twenty years? Will it need to be moved or cut down? How about the shrubs you planned to put at the front of the house? Will your planting spaces prove too crowded in just a couple years? Arboretums provide a visual answer.
These are also places that explain the uses of plantings, important growing information is offered, even discovered. They are a place where endangered botanicals can be protected, propagated. Where one can learn of the possibilities of a landscape.
FREE BOTANY EDUCATION
- A place to see rare trees
- Learn the proper names of the woody plantings
- Learn about conservation
Ornamental Trees for Your Garden
Dogwood trees bloom in spring. They are ornamental trees with graceful branching structure
How Does Plant Knowledge Save Money?
On of the best investments in improving your home is spent on the outside, creating an attractive yard. Many people either neglect that fact, or hire someone to do all the planning and work for them -or they move into a home where the choices have been made. But learning a bit about the plants that will work best to form a useful and pleasing garden area will enable you to work with a professional more efficiently, or maintain valuable landscaping.
An Arboretum is the place to go to find new, improved landscape selections, or how to care for older ones. One you have your yard’s plan in hand, a visit gives a first hand look at the actual plants ( quite different from a simple description or blobs on graph paper).
There are ideas for gardens and an array of many different cultivars, all arranged so they may be seen growing in a real garden where their attributes are best displayed.
A crabapple walk at Dawes Arboretum was one of those. Many people think of planting crabapple trees, especially when they see the gorgeous spring bloom. But how do you pick the one for you, of the hundreds of choices? How do you know that you would like one beside your own driveway? Seeing which have tiny fruits (that are almost no nuisance at all), and which ones have fat squishy fruits that are great for jellies, (but not so wonderful when dropped on the walk to the house) can make the choice for you.
Such illustrations save costly mistakes, and help with the best landscape choices for shading, protecting, and complementing a home.
Walking Through Dawes Arboretum Evergreen Glen
Know How, Isn’t That What I Pay A Professional For?
WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MY LANDSCAPING?
You do pay an expert for their knowledge and help. The best professionals will consult with the client’s opinions, goals, and desires, however. Even if leaving the yard to others, the initial choices and continued oversight will benefit from knowing the facts. You help them to help you, in other words.
Besides, a place where the facts of plants are pleasantly presented in glades, dells, and flower gardens is probably the most enjoyable way you will ever experience in getting an horticulture education!
HOW TO GAIN FROM YOUR VISIT:
- Explore, take a walking or driving tour and get around the place to see what is growing there.
- Take advantage of educational opportunities, there are often special events, lectures, plant sales.
- Take notes. If you see a shrub or tree you like, write down the name, they are labeled.
- Find out how trees and shrubs can save energy by cooling or protecting the home, buffering winds, or provide privacy. Get information and ideas about how the plants are used in the landscape.
One thing I have learned about growing things is the huge difference between reading and hearing about plants and gardens and the actual experience of them. This is what an Arboretum provides: an up close, in person learning experience with growing trees and other woody plants in a way that incorporates the health of the plant and environment and creating a beautiful place.
Latin Name Labels
All the plantings are labeled. Take notes with your phone!
How many spruces are there?
Rare evergreen shrubs are interesting. Some may be ordered through specialist catalogs
A Water Saving Homescape
Plants for a terrace
Choosing right plants for your climate
Plants with differing water needs