The Memorial Arboretum is committed to maintaining the formal integrity of older and more established landscapes.

At the same time, we are:

  • Designing more conservation-oriented landscapes serving an ecological function as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

  • Creating gardens that thrive without continuous irrigation. Native plants often take center stage in these types of landscapes, but non-invasive, non-natives are filling that niche as well.

  • Selecting trees not only for their aesthetic and wildlife qualities, but also for their disease-resistance ability. This is especially relevant with dogwood, cherry and crabapple trees, all trees that are particularly vulnerable to both diseases and insects.

  • Incorporating rain gardens to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off.

  • Striving for diversity in all of our plantings - a key factor in our sustainable landscapes.