The campus arboretum has been growing since the botanic garden was founded in 1895. The history of our tree collection can be easily felt when walking the Smith College campus, as we care for a number of stately, older trees. That's one of the reasons we have so many State Champion Trees. While the tree care philosophy has changed over the years, and how we think about tree collections as they relate to conservation in our changing climate has also shifted, the dedication our arborists have for caring for our campus arboretum remains steadfast.
An Arboretum with a Purpose
The role of botanic gardens and arboreta grows in importance as the challenges of conserving the value and resilience of the natural communities that our plants represent intensify. We look to build collections that support the natural systems that our campus is situated within and protect the genetic diversity plant populations need to thrive.