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Eastern Inner Loop

These tracks seem to invite the visitor to walk along and explore the length of Big Hollow.

The arboretum will be a place of beauty, an important cultural feature of the University and the community.


Recommended Phasing for Botanic Gardens

Source: Penn State Office of Physical Plant
The Arboretum's botanic gardens will eventually create a horticultural showcase on this tract of land. 

The Mitchell Tract Master Plan is a blueprint for the future development of approximately 58 acres of botanic gardens. The time line for this development will depend upon funding opportunities and priorities. M•T•R, the architects of the master plan, recommended that priority be given to making the Arboretum a fully functioning institution in the first phases, including construction of utility infrastructure, basic amenities, and facilities that will support quality educational programs. This strategy also requires that the University build gardens with broad community appeal to attract visitors and thereby help the Arboretum generate program income. Especially important will be the creation of event spaces.

Phase I of the H. O. Smith Botanic Garden

In May 2007, the Arboretum was very fortunate to receive $10 million from Charles H. Smith, a 1948 Penn State alumnus, to begin building the Arboretum. Combined with approximately $3.2 from the University, this lead gift will enable us to build the first phase of the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens, named in honor of Mr. Smith's late father.

The elements included in Phase I are the Conservatory Terrace Garden, Event Lawn, Overlook Pavilion, and initial plantings in the Rose and Fragrance Garden and the Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens in the Demonstration Gardens.

According to the project schedule, Phase I of the botanic gardens will open to the public in 2009.

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