The Arboretum at Penn State

What’s New?

Gala in the Gardens – Registration Closed 

Registration has closed for the Gala in the Gardens celebration of the Arboretum’s 10th anniversary and soon-to-be built Pollinator and Bird Garden. Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend the Gala. We look forward to seeing you on September 20!

Fall Photo Contest 

Milkweed in Autumn- Ruth Merritt

Please submit your favorite photo of autumn in the Arboretum (one per person, please) via email, Facebook, or Instagram by November 30!  Contest winners will be featured in our Seasonal Images album, social media, and in our newsletter.

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules



Summer Photo Contest Winners 

First Place Summer 2019 Photo Contest - Susan Vernick

First Place Summer 2019 Photo Contest – Susan Vernick

Congratulations to the winners of the summer photo contest!  The three winners are featured in Seasonal Images on the home page and listed below:

1st Place – Susan Vernick
2nd Place – Jayna Leber
3rd Place – Lindsay Sartori

We received many beautiful images so thank you to everyone who submitted a summer photo!

A New Way to Donate

We are pleased to announce that a new, very user-friendly option is available to donate to the Arboretum. Simply text PSUArboretum to 41444.

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 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


Pumpkin Festival – October 11 and 12

Winter is Coming jack-o’-lantern

Plan to enter a jack-o’-lantern in our annual contest at the Pumpkin Festival. There is no charge to attend the festival or to enter the contest. Up to 1,000 pumpkins will be given away from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, to contest entrants but you can also provide your own pumpkin. Lighted jack-o’-lanterns will be displayed from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Autumn displays will also be featured throughout the gardens.

Jack-o’-Lantern Contest Rules

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.

Arboretum Newsletters

2019 Fall Volunteer Update

2019 Spring Volunteer Update

2019 March Arboretum Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

2019 Children’s Garden Calendar – SEPTEMBER

Fall 2019 Wildflower Trail Volunteer Flyer

Fall 2019 Bird Banding and Bird Walk Schedule

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

Pumpkin Festival
All Pumpkin Festival activities take place in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Sunday, October 6 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pumpkin Giveaway

Friday, October 11 – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Jack-o’-Lantern Registration

Friday, October 11 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jack-o’-Lantern Display

Saturday, October 12 – 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
See detailed schedule on flyer.

Events Calendar

Pictured at the top of the page is a view of jack-o’-lanterns at the 2018 Pumpkin Festival.