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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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  • The arboretum is a growing attraction. The gardens are wonderful. The Japanese garden with the moss and ponds, look for the frogs, is truly relaxing. But my all time favourite is the Italian garden wi...  more »
  • Wonderful free attraction. Come here to meditate, read the book, have a sun bath on a sunny day, or hide from the rain on a rainy day. 
  • A really lovely place for a relaxing stroll. Plenty of information is available about the wide variety of trees cultivated here. 
  • Wonderful secret getaway in the heart of Guelph. Shaded areas, benches to enjoy the amazing scenery. Wonderful place to take the kids for a walk or enjoy a stroll with someone you love.
  • It's so peaceful here and easy to walk around with my kids, stroller and even our dogs. It has many beautiful trees and we love to read up on trees where info is posted.
  • Always beautiful and well maintained. Lots of trails. People tend to follow the rules here and leash their dogs.
  • A wonderful place to go for a walk among a variety of trees and gardens. Nearby trails offer an excellent place to train for x-country running.
  • The Arboretum is the gem of the University and is free to everyone. A series of formal gardens can be found near the Arboretum Centre, including the Japanese Garden, English Garden, and Italian Garden. Another notable set of gardens are the Gosling Wildlife Gardens by the J.C. Taylor Centre, which are set up as a series of example backyard and are accompanied by interpretive boards. Other features to check out is the World of Trees trail, Wild Goose Woods trail, Victoria Woods trail (blanket of Trilliums in later April), and the frisbee golf course. The Arboretum also hosts a series of fantastic workshops every year that are worth every penny, and birding in the Arboretum is a dream. Enjoy.