The Arboretum at Penn State

Future Projects

Three busy honeybees in the Pollinators' Garden

Honeybees in the Pollinators’ Garden


Food Gardens / $100K

  • Orchard / $50K (funded)
  • Small Fruits (blueberry, strawberry, currant, etc.) / $10K
  • Honeybee Hives / $10K (funded)
  • Vegetable and Herb Border / $10K
  • Bramble Trellises and Plantings / $10K
  • Pawpaw Grove / $10K (funded)
  • Benches / $5K per bench
  • *Solanaceae Plots (tomato, potato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco) / $10K
  • *Cucurbitaceae Plots (squash, pumpkin, watermelon, cucumber) / $10K

*These plots will be replanted annually in different locations each year to avoid disease problems.

Research Gardens / $100K

  • Research Plots / $50K (funded)
  • Hive Observation Pavilion / $25K (funded)
  • Information Kiosk / $20K
  • Serviceberry Grove / $10K

Habitat Gardens / $100K

  • Entry Gate / $50K
  • Vine Fence and Gates (between Habitat Gardens and Research Gardens) / $35K
  • Introduction to Pollinators Terrace / $25K
  • Woodland Environment / $35K
  • Wetland Environment / $35K
  • Meadow Environment / $35K
  • Pollinator Wall (green roof, peeled logs, and mason bee nests) / $50K (funded)
  • Vine Trellis Wall (between Habitat Gardens and Demonstration Gardens) / $25K (funded)
  • Wetland Boardwalk / $25K (funded)
  • Benches / $5K each

Sun Garden / $100K

  • Sun Border / $15K
  • Sunny Slope (with crocus display) / $10K
  • Espalier Fruit Fence / $10K
  • Hedges (2) / $10K each
  • Vine Arch / $25K
  • Trumpet Creeper Arch / $25K (funded)

Demonstration Gardens / $100K

  • Shade Garden (violet circle, pollinator borders, birch grove, seating) / $50K (funded)
  • Evening Garden (fragrance circle, hawk moth and hummingbird attractors, moon flowers and Nicotiana collection, vine teepees) / $50K (funded)
  • Backyard Pollinators Garden /$50K (funded)

Willow Hedge / $25K (funded)

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($1,500,000) (funded)

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Viewing Pavilion (“Bird House”) / $150K
Entrance Gate / $35K
Bird Feeders / $5K

Home Bird Garden / $100K
Bird Fountain / $25K (funded)
Decorative Arch #1 / $15K

Birder’s Loop / $100K
Birdbath Pond with Dripping Bowl / $50K (funded)
Nesting & Roosting Boxes / $10K
Hoop Arbor / $25K
Blind with Green Roof / $50K

Arch #2 / $15K

Bird Meadow / $100K

Bird Habitat Garden / 100K

Commemorative Gifts

  • Benches / $5K each
  • Trees / $5K each

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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


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Spiraea Darsnorm seed head

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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)

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)

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’

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

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.


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

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’

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’


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.