50th Anniversary

We’re going to be celebrating the Arboretum’s 50 years of research, experiential learning, and community engagement all year long!

Past Events

Local Leadership and Global Impact: Botanic Gardens Advancing Food Security

Banner image of a woman's face with text Local Leadership and Global Impact: Botanic Gardens Advancing Food Security. A talk and virtual celebration of UofG's Arboretum 50 years and growing.


Our Kick-off event was broadcast on October 18th, 2020. The full program video and individual sections are available below.

Pre-recorded in the pandemic, our program features a talk by Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin, Executive Director of the US Botanic Garden; a report on some of our conservation and collections efforts by Sean Fox, Manager of Collections; and a musical piece ‘Arboretum Improvisation’ recorded during the summer shutdowns by percussionist Richard Burrows playing marimba on our renovated boardwalk in Wild Goose Woods!

A recording of the full program can be found here. Links to individual sections of the event can also be found in the program below.


This begins a year-long celebration featuring many facets of the Arboretum — past, present, and looking to the future.


For more information follow us on social media or email us at: thearb50@uoguelph.ca.