- The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation
The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation (5 ha / 12 acres) is an
arboretumand site of the Barnes Foundationart gallery, located at 300 North Latch's Lane, Merion, Pennsylvania. The arboretum and gallery are open to visitors several days a week. A reservation is required, and an admission fee is charged.
The arboretum was begun in the 1880s by Captain Joseph Lapsley Wilson. The site was purchased by the Barnes Foundation in 1922, whereupon Wilson became the arboretum's director and a foundation trustee until his death in 1928. Over time, the arboretum has expanded its collection to over 3,000 species/varieties of woody plants, a
herbariumhousing 10,000 specimens, and a library of some 2,500 volumes. The arboretum school was established in 1940.
The arboretum contains good collections of "
Abies, Acer, Aesculus, Berberis, Cotoneaster, Cornus", crab apples, " Euonymus", ornamental ferns, " Ilex", lilac, " Lonicera, Magnolia", peony, " Picea, Pinus, Quercus, Rhododendron, Stewartia, Taxus", and " Viburnum", as well as notable specimens of "Ginkgo biloba", " Cedrus libani", " Calocedrus decurrens", "Cunninghamia lanceolata", "Sequoia sempervirens", and "Metasequoia glyptostroboides". Other plants of interest include " Araucaria araucana", "Aucuba japonica", "Davidia involucrata", " Equisetum" sp., " Lagerstroemiaindica", " Magnoliagrandiflora", " Nandinadomestica", and " Poncirustrifoliata".
It also contains a formal rose and perennial garden, woodland, lawns, pond, stream, and a
greenhouse(reconstructed in 2002) containing about 250 varieties of plants.
List of botanical gardens in the United States
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