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 at 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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  • 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 »
  • Since 2003, a short time after it opened to the public, the University of Illinois' men's and women's cross-country teams have utilized the University of Illinois Arboretum as their home course...  more »
  • The UIUC Arboretum is a hidden gem. Japan House and the Idea Garden are the highlights for now, but 160 acres have been dedicated to the arboretum so expect it to keep growing. Careful on a hot day as some parts (I'm looking at you Hartley Garden) have little to no shade.
  • Lived in Champaign for 7 years and just went here for first time. Wish u would have come before. Really nice and well taken care of. Great for the kids. Acres of parks, trees, flowers, and ponds.

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