About Us

Look at, learn about, and love the plant life around you. Over the past 100+ years, we have grown into an expansive 110 acre outdoor laboratory and landscape garden. Theme gardens feature over 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, highlighting varied ecosystems and best landscape practices. At Secrest, our beautiful theme gardens illustrate the use of style, color and texture within plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape.

We invite you to enjoy our new Coneflower (Echinacea) Trial Garden featuring over 100 varieties of this popular, summer-flowering perennial.  AConeflower research at Secrest Arboretum kaleidoscope of flower colors from white and pink to fiery shades of orange, red and yellow demonstrate the proliferation of Coneflower breeding over the last two decades.  Over 300 individual plants grace the north end of the former Rose Garden as part of a 3-year evaluation to determine the best coneflowers for our area.  Horticultural traits such as winter survival, growth habit, flower quality, disease resistance and pollinator visitation will be recorded and published as a service to our visitors, students and industry collaborators.  Secrest Arboretum has a rich history of plant evaluation and we are pleased to kick off a new era of relevant, practical research! 

Enjoy our gardens and discover plant selections for yours. Stroll our paved walkways through forests and meadows. While you are here, check out the Fortress at the Hogs-back, embankment slide and pavilion complete with giant frogs, tortoises and more...for kids of ALL ages! Make the most of your environment by spending time in ours. The arboretum is open to visitors from Dawn to Dusk, 365 days a year.

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