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Reference Gardens

Since 2008, the American Conifer Society has been partnering with public gardens throughout the United States to recognize noteworthy conifer collections through a special designation,   ACS Reference Gardens.   These gardens provide wonderful opportunities to educate the public about growing conifers, using conifers in a home landscape and building enthusiasm about conifers and the American Conifer Society. To receive this Reference Garden designation, a garden must meet several criteria, including the number of conifers in their collection, accurate labeling of the conifers and appropriate maintenance of the conifer collection.

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NY – Arsenal at Central Park

The Conifer Corner at the Arsenal of Central Park was accepted as an ACS Reference Garden in May 2015, largely due to the efforts of NE Region President Colby Feller. Colby envisions it as a test garden for dwarf conifers in the city and a place where the ACS can extend its mission to the many…

MA – Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Henry and Pauline Durant, the founders of Wellesley College in 1875, were committed to the liberal arts education of women and by the 1890’s the school’s curriculum was revised to include study of all the major sciences and the development of state-of-the-art laboratory experiences for its students. In 1920, Dr. Margaret Ferguson, Chair of the…

PA – Graver Arboretum

Located in Bushkill Township, Northampton County, 22 miles from the Muhlenberg College campus, the 66-acre Graver Arboretum was donated by Dr. Lee Graver (’31) and his wife Virginia in 1994. The Arboretum is used as an outdoor classroom by the biology and other science departments but is open to the public seven days a week…

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