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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...  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  more »
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  • Great place for a picnic with the kids. Take a walk along one of their many pathways and explore nature. There's lots of history in the plants and trees planted there. Also they have a staffed visitors station.
  • Some beautiful trees that you're unlikely to see elsewhere. You'll see a lot of neat little sights and it's great for beginner hikers. Even kids can find something to love here. I would advise being mindful of the muralesque map. You may get turned around.

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