University of Tennessee Arboretum, Oak Ridge

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The University of Tennessee Arboretum (250 acres) is a research and educational arboretum operated by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station. It is located at 901 South Illinois Avenue (State Highway 62), Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It is open to the public without charge. Outdoor areas are open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset; the office and visitor center are open weekdays during normal office hours.

The arboretum contains approximately 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens, representing 800 species, varieties, and cultivars, with good collections of azaleas, conifers, crabapples, dogwoods, hollies, junipers, magnolias, oaks, rhododendrons, and viburnums. It also includes geographic groupings of plants from both relatively nearby habitats (Cumberland River gorge, Southern United States coastal plains) and elsewhere in the world (California, central China, and Poland), as well as four nature trails with interpretive signs.
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  • We visited the second week of March so little was in bloom but it was a very pleasant walk. There are lots of interesting trees and shrubs and a very interesting dwarf and unique conifer planting... 
    We visited the second week of March so little was in bloom but it was a very pleasant walk. There are lots of interesting trees and shrubs and a very interesting dwarf and unique conifer planting...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place for a walk! Well kept and cared for. They have rules for a reason. Please don't eat and throw your garbage on the trails. It is such a beautiful location because they don't.....  more
    This is a beautiful place for a walk! Well kept and cared for. They have rules for a reason. Please don't eat and throw your garbage on the trails. It is such a beautiful location because they don't.....  more »

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