The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s Afoot?

Save the Date for Gala in the Gardens! September 20, 2019 

Goldenrod, goldfinch, monarch

Goldenrod, goldfinch, monarch

Join us for dinner and dancing (rain or shine) as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and the future Pollinator and Bird Gardens.

H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
Friday, September 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for this event by September 9, 2019. The cost is $150 per person. We hope that you can join us!

Summer Photo Contest 

Please submit your favorite photo of summer in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by August 31!  Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, social media, and in our newsletter. Spring photo contest winners will be announced this next week.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules


Arboretum T-Shirts For Sale

Men's Crewneck Ginseng Virtual Image (adult sizes only)

Men’s Crewneck Ginseng

The Arboretum is offering T-shirts for sale in several styles. The shirts cost $20 for adults (all designs) and $15 for children (bison, hellbender, and hummingbird only). Please see the descriptions and images of the designs at


Explore the Gardens with our New Plant Finder!

Malus 'Amaszam' American Masterpiecer

Malus ‘Amaszam’ American Masterpiece®

You can now explore the living plant collections in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with our interactive Plant Finder map. Our collections represent more than 100 families, 330 genera, and 1,100 species of plants. There are over 4,200 unique accessions in the Arboretum that include over 28,000 individual plants, each carefully recorded in our plant records database and inventoried, labeled, and mapped.


What’s in bloom?

Please visit our Facebook page throughout the growing season to find out what is in bloom. When you are in the gardens, you can pick up a list of the annual plants featured in our containers and garden beds at the Overlook Pavilion.

Avian Education Program

2018 Fall Bird Banding Summary Report

Group Visits

If you wish to bring a group to visit the Arboretum, please use our on-line form to inquire about tours and schedule your visit.

Group Visitor Inquiry Form

Arboretum Newsletters

2019 Spring Volunteer Update

2019 March Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

2019 Children’s Garden Calendar – JUNE REVISED
2019 June Children’s Garden Activity Descriptions
2019 Children’s Garden Calendar – JULY
July 2019 Children’s Garden Activity Descriptions

Friday, September 20 – 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Gala in the Gardens
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
Announcement about registration to come

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is the red elm, also called slippery elm, that presides over the hay field beyond the Overlook Pavilion.