University of Guelph Arboretum, Guelph

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The Guelph Arboretum of the University of Guelph is an arboretum modeled after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, which was founded in 1872. The Arnold Arboretum is privately endowed as a department of Harvard just as the Guelph Arboretum is a department of the University of Guelph. The University of Guelph Arboretum was founded in the early 1970s and plantings started in 1971 which have developed into specialized gardens, botanical collections, and gene conservation programs. These Arboretums are demonstrations of American gardening which did not come into its own until the late 19th century. With Industrialization, cities grew in size with a need for natural areas, which were included through the creation of public parks. Views of botanical gardens began to change as they became sources for new material of potential horticultural use rather than only public spaces. Today these spaces act in the propagation of plants that have the potential as attractive and functional ornamentals. The Arboretum is open all year round to the public from dawn to dusk. There are 73,500 visitors per year. It is used for teaching, research and many other events. There are many university courses, school programs, adult workshops and preregistered group walking tours held at the Arboretum. It is also a popular place for weddings, dinner theatre or memorial services and dedications. There are many walks and tours offered to see the large diversity of plants.The Aboretum is maintained by the Director, Professor Shelley Hunt, as well as over 100 volunteers from the University of Guelph and the Guelph community. Volunteering includes grounds work, gardening, fundraising, auxiliary administration, staff support, assisting in program delivery and at special events.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The Arboretum at the University of Guelph is a great area for a leisure walk, jog or run. It is big enough to accommodate several people yet feel some serene peace by getting away from it all. A mix o...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Enjoy many trees, gardens and trails through a gentle woodland, many with guiding signage. Every part is easy-walking. My favourite is the Japanese garden...something we didn't expect. If your kids ar...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    The arboretum is a nice walk but you should know that the focus is trees and shrubs so don't go looking for flowers. The grounds and clean the staff are very friendly.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    University of Guelph supports local sports in the community and has stepped up as a major sponsor.
  • January 28, 2017
    umm i know this school is in canada but whats the gpa requirement for this school and also sat scores. thank you
  • April 6, 2016
    I'm biased because I've spent 7 years of my life at this university through two completely different programs. The campus is beautiful and filled with a wider variety of plants than most people realize. Top-notch profs are open to talking with students and doing guest lectures for student organizations. Research done here is known worldwide - especially in biology/ecology, biochemistry, agricultural sciences, and landscape architecture. Social activism on campus is uplifting and rarely do we see hate thrown around, but when we do everyone around jumps in to defend the victim. We also are privileged with having a BEAUTIFUL arboretum, university choirs, Curtain Call Productions, and we'll have a brand new athletics center this fall. The city is just as fantastic as the university too. I love Guelph :)
  • August 11, 2016
    This is a great University. It is big enough, but feels personal. The professors here (especially in the Classics department) are second to none. Brass Taps (on campus pub) always has something fun going on.
  • August 9, 2016
    School filled with great staff as well as a great convocation for sure!! Will recommend it only if you enjoy a good amount of personal time and the choice of being able to be social, it offers both. Great for agriculture related degrees as well as being the safest city in ontario.

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