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Viles Arboretum, Augusta

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The Viles Arboretum (formerly known as the Pine Tree State Arboretum) 224 acres (90.6 hectares) is a botanical garden and arboretum located in Augusta, Maine, United States, with 5 miles (8 km) of trails, open year round without charge. The plant collection contains over 300 species or varieties of trees and shrubs. The forested portion of the Arboretum is a certified Tree Farm Demonstration Area containing many of Maine's native trees.

The Arboretum's principal tree collections and gardens are as follows:

Urban & Community Forestry Demonstration Area — The Arboretum's largest collection; over six dozen specimens chosen for their durability in the urban environment.

Conifer Collection — North American varieties chosen for interesting characteristics (like the weeping white pine), and other species from around the world.

Governors Grove — Over 60 Eastern White Pine, Maine's state tree, each planted in honor of one of Maine's governors.

Chestnut Collection — A display of the American chestnut and its close relatives. With help from The American Chestnut Foundation, the Arboretum is developing a Chestnut Plantation with seedlings representing all of Maine's surviving American Chestnuts.

Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Gardens — Chosen for aesthetic, medicinal, culinary and home-use qualities, these flowers, herbs and shrubs would have been found in gardens around the time of the American Revolution.

Lilac Collection — A collection of lilac varieties blooming white, pink and purple in May.

Hosta Garden — Winding through the shade of a white birch grove, this collection of hosta varieties, one of the largest in Maine, was donated by the Case Estate of the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts.

Native Plant Garden — This newest garden has been incorporated into the landscaping for the new Education Wing of the Viles Visitors Center. It features native plants that are readily available from Maine garden centers and nurseries and encourages visitors to consider using more native plants in their home landscape and avoid using non-native plants that may escape into the wild.
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  • This is an interesting place to walk and learn more about trees and plants. There is no admission price, but they do accept donations. The staff was helpful. A brochure is available to learn more... 
    This is an interesting place to walk and learn more about trees and plants. There is no admission price, but they do accept donations. The staff was helpful. A brochure is available to learn more...  more »
  • I grew up in windy acres and used to ride my bicycle thru wood trails to cara field to play baseball, love that area, I now 40+ years later work across the street from there 
    I grew up in windy acres and used to ride my bicycle thru wood trails to cara field to play baseball, love that area, I now 40+ years later work across the street from there  more »
  • Not very interesting, not very well maintained. The hosta trail was nice, I guess. And the price of admission was right: $0.00. 
    Not very interesting, not very well maintained. The hosta trail was nice, I guess. And the price of admission was right: $0.00.  more »
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  • This is an amazing and exciting place to walk and enjoy nature. There are several trails to take depending on how much walking you would like to do. If you enjoy birding... this is a one place you have to go. It is a hot spot for birders. Check out the visitor and gift shop area. They have many programs for all ages.
  • There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about being one with nature. There is no outside noise to distract you, except the beauty of nature. I really enjoyed the art sculpture done by Richard Watson: Ordered Chaos "Richard Watson Stone" Price:  “The joy  of the experience.”
  • Scenic and vast trail system, surprisingly right in the heart of Augusta. There's a parking lot with ample spots to which in Summer, during vacation season, it was nice to be able to drive straight into the Arboretum and not have to search for parking. Leading up to the forested trails were interesting stone sculptures, which is a nice touch, and there was even a cute little bee farm! The only major criticism I would have is that the trails aren't as well managed, not completely neglected, but there were points along the paths where me and my husband had to trudge through fallen tree needles and small twigs which made it a chore to walk. All in all, it's a good way to get out and explore nature without having to drive out of the way and with a walk which isn't rigorous. We will be going again sometime in the fall as I expect the trees and crops will be pretty.
  • Highly recommended! Very well kept up with. Hiking trails for you and your family. Activities for the kids and pet friendly.
  • Great walk! Would recommend if you’re in the area. This is also where the finger printing is, that’s how I stumbled into it. Lots of cool things to look at and the trails are well maintained.

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