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Casey Sclar

Casey Sclar

Casey Sclar Named Director of The Arboretum at Penn State

We are very pleased to welcome Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, as the H.O. Smith Endowed Director of The Arboretum at Penn State. His appointment will begin in August. You can read the Penn State News article here:


Visitor parking is available in the Lewis Katz Building lot, just across Bigler Road from the former Arboretum lot.

To park in the Katz lot, Arboretum visitors who do not hold a Penn State parking permit that is valid in an Orange lot must pay a fee of $1/hour. Payment may be made via the pay station in the Katz Building lot via credit card, or via the ParkMobile app, which is also available for use in many other parking lots on campus. Visitors may download the ParkMobile app or visit ParkMobile’s Penn State site to learn more. Parking fees apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additional details are available on our Visitor Information page.

Arboretum Photo Contests


1st Place 2022 Winter Photo Contest – Karen Sankey

Congratulations to the winners of our Winter 2022 Photo Contest, and thank you to all who entered.

1st Place – Karen Sankey
2nd Place – Frank Guillard
3rd Place (tie) – Sam Seidel
3rd Place (tie) – Jenny Latchford

Submit one of your favorite spring photos taken in the Arboretum! Submissions will be accepted via email, Facebook, or Instagram until May 31, 2022. Be sure to read the contest rules:

Arboretum Photo Contest Rules

Arboretum T-Shirts For Sale



New Pollinator and Bird Garden: Combining Education and Research  

View of pathway in Pollinator and Bird Garden

Pathway in Pollinator and Bird Garden

View a short video about this garden.

The Arboretum’s Pollinator and Bird Garden, which opened in July 2021, is unique in its ambitious design and intent: to educate the public about the many insect pollinator species and both resident and migratory birds in our region, and research ways to protect the ecosystems that support these species. The planting design showcases over 390 unique plant species and varieties—most of which are native to Pennsylvania or the greater Appalachian region. Read more about this garden.

Visiting the Arboretum – COVID-19 Safety Requirements

The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens may be visited from dawn until dusk. Arboretum visitors must follow University COVID-19 safety requirements. By attending or participating in Arboretum programs, events, or activities, visitors agree to adhere to Penn State’s guidance and policies, acknowledge the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19, and assume any and all such risk.

COVID Acknowledgment Policy Statement

“Garden Wonderings” Videos 
Garden Wonderings is an informal educational video series that we have put together during the COVID-19 pandemic to entertain and inform the public during these unusual times. You can access the playlist of all Arboretum educational videos at


Events Calendar

Arboretum Newsletters

2021 Autumn Arboretum Newsletter

2021 Fall Volunteer Update

Featured at the top of the page is a row of hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Sweet Invitation’).