University of Illinois Arboretum, Urbana

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The University of Illinois Arboretum (160 acres (65 ha)) is a new arboretum, with gardens, currently under construction on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. It is located at the intersection of Florida and Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois, and open daily without charge.

The arboretum has been constructed on the university's south campus farmlands. As of 2017, developed sections are as follows:

Welcome Garden – an entrance and meeting place.

Japan House – tea garden (2002), dry or Zen garden (2003). The house itself contains three tea rooms, and is otherwise used for classes and meetings; it is not generally open to the public.

Hartley Garden (1994) – a 3-acre (12,000 m2) sunken garden with All American Selections trial ground and annual and perennial beddings.

Idea Garden – six areas including borders, ornamentals, vegetables, children's, and Special Projects.

Sen Cherry Tree Alleé (2008) – cherry trees added to the Japan House.

Frank W. Kari walkway (2011) – 1/3 mile and winding around arboretum ponds with educational signs.

Hosta Garden – native Illinois prairie plants.
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  • The University Arboretum is relatively small compared to publicly/privately operated facilities around the country, but it has 160 acres of land to provide open green vistas and quiet wooded corners.....  more
    The University Arboretum is relatively small compared to publicly/privately operated facilities around the country, but it has 160 acres of land to provide open green vistas and quiet wooded corners.....  more »
  • This location has some of the areas best floral arrangements (imo) and to be there in late July after 6pm is amazing. If your planning a wedding or just a photo session this is a can't go wrong area. 
    This location has some of the areas best floral arrangements (imo) and to be there in late July after 6pm is amazing. If your planning a wedding or just a photo session this is a can't go wrong area.  more »
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  • Lots of different plant varieties, very inspirational for my own garden. It's also great to get some landscaping ideas. Overall, a great park.
  • What a beautiful arboretum! The greenery and other plant life make this cluster of gardens a gorgeous scene for photos.

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