The Geneva Arboretum Association was chartered in 1989 at the Geneva campus of Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. The members of the association are dedicated to listing, preserving and improving the woody plantings of the station grounds and providing educational materials for campus staff. The philosophy of the association is that plants do not just surround our buildings, but they provide our station members an environment lending beauty, quietude and a softer counterpoint to our indoor, fast-paced workplaces. The association welcomes new members.
At one time the campus had an outdoor amphitheater with 113 ornamentals, a lilac garden (96 varieties), a large garden south of the former director's residence, 155 specimens on the North Lawn by Jordan Hall, 56 trees and shrubs on the West Lawn of Parrott Hall, an East Lawn with 67 conifers and other specimens, a pinetum with 176 evergreens and other trees. Over the years, new acquisitions have been added more slowly than specimens have been removed, and these plantings are left to us in a much diminished state. Although over 190 species and subspecies are included on our grounds today, many more graced the campus in days gone by.
Much of the future work of the Geneva Arboretum Association will be to reverse this loss.
"It is proposed to have an arboretum, in which, in time, there shall be a permanent exhibit of every kind of tree and shrub which in this latitude may be successfully grown; " Director Peter Collier, 1888.
Ament's Lament: Amentiferous plants
Living Legacies (Memorial Trees)
An Ounce of Prevention...or a Total Replant?
A tree made in heaven or a pain in the grass?
"Of Auspicious Name" Burning Bush
Rat Tails! It's a Douglas Fir!
The Magnificent Magnolias Part I: Family Tree
The Magnificent Magnolias Part II: Genus Liriodendron
The Magnificent Magnolias Part III: Genus Magnolia
Eastern Redbud, Legendary "Pea" Tree Found in Our Own Rock Garden
Redwood's Last Stand - Jordan Hall: Dawn Redwood
Sweetgum, Confederate Native becoming Yankee Favorite.
Sycamore or Snake - It's Off With the Old and On With the New!
"A Rose by Any Other Name ..." is a Washington Thorn.
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