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What is an Arboretum?

What is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a collection of identified trees intended for research or education.  

Lichterman’s arboretum includes over 60 native trees labeled with both the common and botanical names. The interpretive themes of this arboretum are to increase the visitor’s understanding and appreciation of native trees; and to provide learning opportunities about the natural world relevant to urban settings.  

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. certified Lichterman Nature Center as a Category One arboretum in October of 2003. Recertification is required every five years.  Lichterman has been continuously certified since the original certification.

Each labeled trees is within six feet of a trail or walkway. Click here for a table of labeled trees with additional information about each tree. Click here for a map of arboreta trees locations on the property.