The Arboretum encompasses Armstrong’s 268-acre campus and displays a wide variety of shrubs and other woody plants. Developed areas of campus contain native and introduced species of trees and shrubs. Most are labeled. Natural areas of campus contain plants typical in Georgia’s coastal broadleaf evergreen forests such as live oak, southern magnolia, red bay, horse sugar and sparkleberry. Several plant collections have been established in the Arboretum, including a Camellia Garden, Conifer Garden, Fern Garden, Ginger Garden, Primitive Garden and an International Garden. The Arboretum is open to the public seven days a week during the daylight hours.
The function of the Armstrong Arboretum can be divided into four areas:
The Arboretum provides an outdoor laboratory for use by faculty and students in Botany, Biology, Environmental Studies, Photography, Art, and other departments.
The Arboretum functions as a sanctuary for the preservation and conservation of plants. With collections of native and exotic flora, the Arboretum provides a model for environmentally sound urban landscape management.
The Arboretum allows the university to provide botanical and horticultural information to the community. Educational opportunities will be provided in the form of workshops, demonstrations, and tours. Booklets, maps, and plant guides allow the public to explore the Arboretum on their own.
The Arboretum provides a place where people of the University and the community may enjoy passive recreation in a beautiful setting. By walking through the collections or enjoying a stop on one of the many benches, visitors can renew themselves through contact with the natural world
The Arboretum staff is a small group of dedicated groundskeepers and student workers who work hard to keep the plants healthy and to make the Arboretum attractive.
Left to Right Front Row: Donna Rigdon, Nyriah Arnold, Mike Carr (Lead Groundskeeper), Janice Nease, Amanda Fernandez Back Row: Anthony Caracci, Matt Hefner, Nick Crump, Walter Pollard, Kendrick Anthony, Kyle Brown, Andrew Neidlinger, Seth Jackson, Simon Driggers, Chad Morgan, Philip Schretter (Grounds Superintendent)
The Arboretum News is published periodically by the Arboretum staff and highlights plants growing on campus and the people that care for them.