For many years, flower trial gardens were grown next to Park Avenue near the future site of the Arboretum.





A conservatory is included in the master plan for the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Supporting the Arboretum

There are many ways to contribute to the Arboretum's development. If you have enjoyed learning about the Arboretum and would like to be involved in its growth, please consider the options described below.


You can make a direct donation in a number of ways. If you use any of the options below, please be sure to identify "The Arboretum at Penn State" in the space provided for designating the purpose of the gift.


There are many other ways to give a donation to the Arboretum. Direct links to information about two alternatives are given below:

For a complete list of giving options, please visit

If you would like more information about naming opportunities available in the Arboretum for major corporate or individual donations, please contact Patrick J. Williams.


Ask to be placed on our "email" distribution list.

  • You will be notified about public meetings and events as we plan and develop the Arboretum.

Source: Penn State Office of Physical Plant
Demonstration gardens such as these will be used to teach students and to show Arboretum guests the recommended varieties of vegetables, fruit, and flowers for home landscapes.

Send us your ideas.

  • For example, please notify us if there is a feature or information that you would like to see added to this site.
  • Send suggestions for programs or outreach activities you would like to attend or would like to help to develop.


Volunteer to assist in Arboretum activities.

  • Ask to be notified as opportunities for volunteering are identified in the gardens and woodlands of the Arboretum.


Help to Build Public Awareness.

  • Tell others about the Arboretum’s web site.
  • Ask us to make a presentation to your group or organization.
  • Notify us if you are willing to display one of our posters at events held by your group, organization, or business.

If you represent an organization or business that would like to support the Arboretum, please let us know and we will contact you as fund-raising opportunities develop.

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