The Arboretum at Penn State, State College

The Arboretum at Penn State (395 acres), which contains the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, is a new arboretum being created by The Pennsylvania State University adjacent to its University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. It will become Penn State's second arboretum, joining the Arboretum at Penn State Behrend, which was created in 2003.[1]

The arboretum's master plan was developed from 1996-1999 by Sasaki Associates. Specific plans for landscape and botanic gardens and their associated facilities were completed in 2002 by MTR Landscape Architects LLC, and the first tree, a white oak (Quercus alba) was dedicated in 2005. A donation of $10 million was needed to begin the construction of the Arboretum and on May 18, 2007, this donation was received from Charles H. "Skip" Smith. The construction of Phase I of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, named in honor of Mr. Smith's father, was completed in fall 2009 and the gardens were officially dedicated on April 25, 2010.

In July 2014, the Arboretum finished construction of and opened the Childhood Gate's Children's Garden. It includes a limestone cave, stone amphitheater for events, and other attractions for children. The Children's Garden has many native Pennsylvania plants and is a microcosm of the regional landscape.
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  • We were visiting from out of town for a wedding and stopped in here to be able to get some peace and quiet. We really enjoyed the flowers and the trees that were currently blooming. Would love to be.....  more »
  • Considering 200,000 people are within 1/2 mile of this location during every home Penn State football game & you can stop there & feel like you have the place to yourself is awesome & truly...  more »
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  • I absolutely adore this plant haven in State College! It’s my favorite place to walk around and unwind. I’m always impressed by their beautiful plantings and arrangements. I love it so much I’m having my wedding here next year and I’m so excited! Keep up the great work!
  • Took my graduation photos there and they looked amazing. Nice place to visit on a regular day too, and during summer it's a nice spot for a picnic. Might have to bring sunscreen though because there's not a lot of shade around.

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