Greensboro Arboretum

Greensboro Arboretum401 Ashland Drive

 

This 17-acre site features 14 plant collections, special display gardens and distinct structural features. The extensive variety of plants offers rich educational opportunities for children and adults, landscape designers, and homeowners.

The garden is open year-round. Admission is free.

GARDEN HOURS

May-August 8 am -8 pm
September-October
March-April
8 am-7 pm
November-February 8 am-5 pm

 

Reserve your 11"x14" William Mangum print of the Greensboro Arboretum.

To make a reservation for group events, weddings, or other special events, call 336-373-5888.

  • R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden and Fountain
  • Arboretum Education Building
  • Butterfly Garden Fountain
  • The Landmark Arbor
  • Kaplan Rose Arbor
  • Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo
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P Parking 11 Dr. & Mrs. William R. Findley Memorial Sun Shrub Collection
E Entrance 12 Right Plant, Right Place Collection
i Information 13 Kaplan Family Rose Garden & Arbor
1 Arboretum Classroom Building 14 Ornamental Grasses & Pollinator Meadow
2 Dwarf Conifer Collection 15 Robin B. Ward Meditation Garden & Groundcover Collection
3 Lee Britt Entrance Patio 15a Hart Chimes
4 Green Hill Farm Hosta Collection 16 Hydrophytic Collection
5 Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs Winter Garden Collection 16a R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden & Fountain
5a Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo 16b Marzulla Butterfly Bridge
6 Pattie S. Newlin Memorial Bouquet Garden 17 Blanche S. Benjamin Overlook
7 James W. Newlin Holly Collection 18 Beeson Rhododendron Collection
8 Irene H. McIver Vine Collection & Perennial Border 19 Conifer Collection
9 Small Tree Collection 20 New Garden Landscaping & Nursery Sequence of Bloom Collection
10 Gate City Kiwanis Club Shade Garden Restrooms
10a Van Dorn Memorial Woodland Classroom    

Gate City Kiwanis Shade Garden CollectionGate City Kiwanis Shade Garden CollectionSmall Tree CollectionParkingEntrance Entrance Ornamental Grasses & Pollinator Meadow Entrance Parking Entrance Information New Garden Landscaping & Nursery Sequence of Bloom Collection Restroom Conifer Collection Beeson Rhododendron Garden Marzulla Butterfly Bridge Hydrophytic Collection Robin B. Ward Meditation Garden & Groundcover Collection Blanche S. Benjamin Overlook Hart Chimes Kaplan Family Rose Garden & Arbor Dr. and Mrs. William R. Findley Memorial Sun Shrub Collection Small Tree Collection Arboretum Classroom Building Restroom Dwarf Conifer Collection Green Hill Farm Hosta Garden Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs Winter Garden Collection Irene H. McIver Vine Collection & Perennial Border Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo Pattie S. Newlin Memorial Bouquet Garden Lee Britt Entrance Patio James W. Newlin Holly Garden R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden & Fountain Gate City Kiwanis Shade Garden Collection Information Right Plant, Right Plant Collection Van Dorn Memorial Woodland Classroom

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Winter Garden

Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs Winter Garden Collection: Plants with interest during the winter months.

Sun Shrub Garden

Dr. & Mrs. William R. Findley Memorial Sun Shrub Collection: Plants which grow well in full sun.

Dwarf Conifer

Dwarf Conifer Collection, adjacent to the Education Building.

Shade Garden

Gate City Kiwanis Club Shade Garden Collection: Plants which grow in varying degrees of shade.

Vine Collection - Landmark Arbor

Irene H. McIver Vine Collection: A variety of climbing plants trained to grow on the Landmark Arbor.

Groundcover

Robin B. Ward Meditation Garden & Groundcover Collection: Low-growing, spreading plants.

Small Tree Collection

Small Tree Collection: A variety of relatively compact trees.

Hydrophytic Collection

Hydrophytic Collection: Plants which tolerate moist soil.

Conifer Collection

Conifer Collection: Cone-bearing plants.

Sequence of Blooms

New Garden Landscaping & Nursery Sequence of Bloom Collection: Plants which blossom at progressive seasons for year-round beauty.

Display Gardens

Hosta Display Garden

The Green Hill Farm Hosta Garden features dozens of varieties of hostas.

Rose Arbor

The Kaplan Family Rose Garden & Arbor, features a variety of climbing roses growing on an arbor which mirrors the Landmark Arbor.

Holly Garden

The James W. Newlin Memorial Holly Garden features a variety of hollies.

Butterfly Garden

The R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden & Fountain is formed in the shape of two butterflies - each filled with colorful plants which attract butterflies. The garden's design is especially striking when viewed from the Overlook.

Perennial Border

A four-foot Perennial Border surrounds the Landmark Arbor, and provides spring, summer and fall beauty.

Rhododendron

The Beeson Rhododendron Garden features a number of varieties, blooming from early May to late June.

Woodland Trail

The Woodland Trail is a nature walk winding through an established second growth forest within the Shade Garden Collection.

bouquet garden

The Pattie S. Newlin Memorial Bouquet Garden features plants suited for a cutting garden.

FEATURES

Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo

The Tanger Family Wedding Gazebo, which hosts weddings, small musical ensembles, and special events. For information about weddings at the Greensboro Arboretum, click here.

Elena Marzulla Bridge

The Elena Marzulla Bridge features colorful butterflies and flowers incorporated in its design.

Chimes

The Dr. Lawrence & Alma Louise Hart Chimes -- a stunning, 23-foot tall trio of oversized wind chimes.

Blanche Benjamin Overlook

The Blanche S. Benjamin Overlook provides a panoramic view of the Arboretum. Its design mirrors the Landmark Arbor.

The Greensboro Arboretum began as a joint project of Greensboro Beautiful and the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department to provide the community with an outstanding collection of plants Irene McIverfor study and enjoyment. In the late 70's, after completing Bicentennial Garden, Greensboro Beautiful was searching for another area to serve the community and attract visitors to Greensboro. The City of Greensboro offered 17 acres within Lindley Park - centrally located and easily accessible from all parts of the city by major thoroughfares. It was also the site of remnants of the Anniversary Garden, a project of the Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs in the 50's. Greensboro Beautiful volunteer and Arboretum visionary, Irene McIver, proposed that special care be given to construct a landscape display garden which would utilize the natural topography of the site, which ranges from steep, almost cliff-like slopes to flat, meadow-like plains. She also suggested that the garden be constructed around existing wooded and open areas, and include collections of woody plants labeled for education, recreation and enjoyment of the public.

Greensboro Beautiful consulted with horticulture Groundbreakingprofessors and NC State University, and contracted with Virginia Tech landscape architect and horticulture professor, Robert McDuffie, for a design and master plan. The plan involved woody ground covers, trees and shrubs to be grouped into labeled collection areas according to habit, family, color, growing conditions, and seasonal interest. Plant species selected were particularly hardy to the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. The plant material in each collection was separated by turf areas and paved walkways to allow close inspection of plants.

With the design in place and construction ready to begin, McIver began soliciting support from the community. Local businesses and nurseries were especially generous with contributions of plants and construction materials. Memorial and honor gifts were received and helped purchase trees and benches for the arboretum. City staff assumed responsibility for site preparation, installation of drainage, irrigation, planting, and maintenance. Construction began in 1986 and was completed in 1991.

In appreciation for her tireless dedication to the realization of the Greensboro Arboretum, Greensboro Beautiful named the Vine Collection in honor of Irene McIver.

The garden was formally opened to the public in 1991, and has proven to be a regional treasure - a living gallery of beauty, a learning laboratory for all ages, and a unique place for a tranquil walk.

Sunday, October 6, 2021
12-5 pm
Greensboro Arboretum
401 Ashland Drive

A juried art and fine craft event featuring fifty artists from throughout the region. This event also features entertainment on three stages, interactive art activities, Art Bark, honey bee exhibit, two food courts, face painting, hula hooping, and beer and wine for sale. Admission is free!

With respect to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary for Greensboro Beautiful to revise either the event date or how the event is coordinated and presented to the community.

Sponsorship Opportunities!

Help ensure that this free garden event continues and remains free.


In case you missed it...you can still view the videos from Art in the Arboretum 2020 online.

Click here to view Part I

Click here to view Part II

Check out our artists' catalog!

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Reserve your 11"x14" William Mangum print of the Greensboro Arboretum.

 

Classes - click here for information about classes at the Arboretum

Weddings in the Gardens - click here for information about weddings in the Gardens