University of Guelph History

Arboretum

The Arboretum, circa 1985Development of the University of Guelph Arboretum began in 1970 when the Board of Governors approved a master plan that dedicated 330 acres of campus property to provide a "living laboratory" for research and teaching at U of G and an important resource for the province.

The Arboretum has over 40 plant collections of native and introduced species ranging from garden roses and hedge plants to native forest trees and a number of rare species. A gene bank is helping to preserve the genetic diversity of Ontario's rare woody plants and produces seed for future restoration work.

The Arboretum is perhaps the most-visited part of the U of G campus, with hundreds of people using its trails each week for fitness programs and self-guided nature walks. An extensive education program provides special events and workshops for schoolchildren, families, people with disabilities and other groups who want to expand their knowledge of Ontario's natural resources and wildlife.

U of G and community volunteers work together to help maintain the Arboretum as a place where trees and frogs and hawks take precedence. To find out more about seasonal workshops and special projects like building a wildlife garden or preserving elm trees, visit the Arboretum website.