The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s Afoot?

Spring Photo Contest 

1st place 2019 Winter Photo Anita Graham

1st place 2019 Winter Photo by Anita Graham


Please submit your favorite photo of spring in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by May 31!  Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, social media, and in our newsletter.


Arboretum Photo Contest Rules



Pycnanthemum muticum (mountain-mint)

Pycnanthemum muticum (mountain-mint)

Seniors Choose Pollinators’ Garden Gate as 2019 Class Gift

The Class of 2019 selected an entry gate to The Arboretum at Penn State’s new Pollinators’ Garden. Construction on the garden is slated to begin in 2019.

“In choosing to enhance the Pollinators’ Garden with an entry gate, the Class of 2019 has expressed its deepest commitments to sustainability, to the environment and to making Penn State an even more beautiful place to work, live and study,” Tom Beeby, executive director of the 2019 Class Gift Campaign, said.

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

2018 October Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

2019 June Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Calendar

Tuesday, June 4 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pollinator Garden, Bird Garden, and Art Museum Update
112 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802

Tuesday, June 11 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(Rain Date – Wednesday, June 12)
Music in the Gardens
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is the Display Garden on the Joan Milius Smith Esplanade in spring.