The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s Afoot?

Generous Gifts for Pollinators’ Garden to Fund Construction 

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist Charles H. “Skip” Smith has made a series of gifts totaling $4.5 million to support construction of a new and enhanced Pollinators’ Garden in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Galen Dreibelbis, a commercial and residential real estate developer, and his wife, Nancy, also recently committed $1 million to support construction of the expanded Pollinators’ Garden. Their gift — together with the major investment by Skip Smith and gifts from other donors — completes the project’s initial fundraising goal.

Construction could begin in 2019.

Take a Look at our Spring Bulb Map!

Daffodils in March


Our recently developed interactive map featuring spring bulbs will help you to identify the many blooms in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens from March through May.

Blooming Bulbs Map




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


May Photo Contest – Enter via Email or Facebook!

The buds on crabapple trees will soon open, and thousands of tulips are about to bloom in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Before too long, this season’s tree peonies and irises in the Rose and Fragrance Garden will make their debut. Visit the gardens to enjoy these sights . . .  and enter your best photo of spring blooms and spring visitors in our photo contest. We will be accepting entries throughout the month of May.

Vivid tulips orange and purple

Tulips on the Esplanade


Read the revised rules to find out how to enter the contest via Facebook.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules





Groups 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

Upcoming Activities

June 2 – Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Opening
Gravity Schmavity: Repurposed Plastic Sculpture
(Sculptor: Aurora Robson)
Tours – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Children’s and Family Activities throughout the Gardens – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

June 13 (Rain Date – June 14)
Music in the Gardens
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Centred Outdoors Hikes
Hartley Wood in The Arboretum at Penn State
Sunday, August 5 (2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 8 (5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is a view of tulips on the Joan Milius Smith Esplanade in a previous spring.