The Arboretum at Penn State

Future Projects

Three busy honeybees in the Pollinators' Garden

Honeybees

We expect the new Pollinator and Bird Garden to be completed in spring 2021.

For information about naming opportunities for elements in this garden, please contact Patrick Williams.

 

 

 

 

Allium

Allium

($1,100,000)

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Veronicastrum virginicum-Culver's-Root-M.Moss - 2012-07-22 at 18-47-30

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root) – Photo by Martha B. Moss

($1,500,000)

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Spiraea-Darsnorm-seed-head

Spiraea Darsnorm seed head

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Nymphaea-Blue-Beauty-Tropical-Day-Blooming-Water-Lily

Nymphaea ‘Blue Beauty’ tropical day-blooming water-lily

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Summer perennial display featuring Echinacea cv. (purple coneflower)

Summer perennial display featuring Echinacea cv. (purple coneflower)

($10,000,000)
On either side of the River of Grasses, the extensive Perennial Gardens will feature a diverse plant palette of bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs in a variety of sunny and shady environments. Mowed paths will allow visitors to explore the flower beds and enjoy the seasonal changes in color and texture.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (feather reed grass) and Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ (chaste-tree)

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (feather reed grass) and Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ (chaste-tree)

($2,000,000)
This garden will feature a “river” of ornamental grasses that billow and intertwine down the slope. Weaving through the grasses will be a dry stream, a carefully designed ribbon of gravel that “flows” around sculptural boulders. At intervals on the slope, rock slabs will bridge the stream.

Narcissus-Jetfire

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’

($1,500,000)
The Meadow Garden will fill the slope that provides a view towards the distant Bald Eagle Ridge. Specimen shade trees will help to frame the vista. The upper part of this garden will feature naturalized bulbs and non-native perennials while the lower portion will display native perennials that grow in association with grasses.

Young apple tree in spring

Young apple tree in spring

($300,000)
The traditional-style Orchard will complement the function of the Pollinators’ Garden and the theme of the Medieval Garden by displaying both heirloom and modern varieties of fruit trees appropriate to the region.

Woodlot-Fall-Color-from-Spaniers

View of Hartley Wood in autumn from the Schreyer House

The Shade and Woodland Garden will thematically explore the floristic similarity between temperate east Asia and the northeastern United States in a three-part progression from the Asian woods, through the Transition Woods, and into Penn’s Woods next to Big Hollow.

Hydrangea-paniculata-Tardiva-flower

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ flower

($3,250,000)
The Asian woods will feature the woodland plants of Japan, China, and Korea that are popular in ornamental landscapes in central Pennsylvania. Displays may include groves of Japanese maples, a carpet of wild flowers, hosta, and ferns, and shrub massings of hydrangeas and rhododendrons. Because of its use of rock and sculptural treatment of plants, the Asian Woods will offer year-round interest.

Hydrangea-arborescens-Hayes-Starburst

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Hayes Starburst’

($1,500,000)
The Transitions Woods will enable visitors to compare American native plants with their Asian counterparts, such as trilliums, ferns, snakeroots, rhododendrons, and azaleas, hollies, and maples. Two small streams will work their way through this area, creating environments for moisture-loving plants.

Rhododendron-Olga-Mezitt

Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’

($3,250,000)

Penn’s Woods will feature a forest floor filled with wildflowers and native ferns and icons of Pennsylvania woodlands such as the rosebay rhododendron and mountain-laurel. In one corner, a wet meadow will contain the sedges first identified by Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, a renowned early Pennsylvania botanist. This meadow will be surrounded by pinxterbloom and sweet azaleas in the spring and winterberry fruit in the fall and winter.