According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an arboretum is defined as 'a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes'. Each Arboretum tree and/ or shrub is carefully planted in an area large enough to permit the specimen to achieve its maximum height (in the specific climate) and width. Detailed information is collected for each specimen including: name (genus, species, variety, cultivar, etc.), place of origin, location planted, and year planted.
The purpose of an Arboretum includes ex-situ conservation of species, provision of early warning signals of potential diseases, display of local growth habits of various tree species and varieties (helpful when picking out trees for urban plantings), and provision of valuable information regarding trees' abilities to adapt to potential climate change.
The Morgan Arboretum has 18 different Collections of trees and shrubs from around the world. These collections are described on a map called Discovery Map that is available for purchase ($2.00) at the Arboretum gatehouse.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:34