Two Great Locations, One Organization

Nichols Arboretum Gardens & Collections

The Arb provides unique opportunities to explore cases and concepts in the ongoing interaction of the natural world and humans. As a designed landscape commission begun in 1907, this landscape contains specialty gardens, thematic areas, dispersed collections, culturally significant landscapes, natural areas and active areas of ecosystem restoration research. The ‘human hand’ is not immediately obvious to many visitors, but evidence of human interaction on the land for the past several millennia can be detected.

Visit the Arboretum and see:

  • featured plants and areas of interest
  • beautiful gardens, collections and landscapes appropriate for our climate and conditions
  • ecologically sound landscape management practices
  • restored areas that may inspire you to engage with ecological restoration work
  • cultural, historic and natural areas that are part of our region’s rich heritage

Trails and paths are shown on the trail map in our Arboretum visitor guide as well as on many wayfinding signs on site. All trails and paths allow you to return to where you began.

Explore the links to plan your outing!

Laurel Tridge Trail

Clean Water Trail

Storm water runoff and erosion control are explored on the Clean Water Trail

Laurel Tridge Trail

Laurel Ridge Trail

Laurel Ridge delivers a powerful message through a beautiful experience: azaleas and rhododendrons thrive where their cultural needs are met…

Laurel Tridge Trail

Laurel Ridge Trail

Laurel Ridge delivers a powerful message through a beautiful experience: azaleas and rhododendrons thrive where their cultural needs are met…

Laurel Tridge Trail

Clean Water Trail

Storm water runoff and erosion control are explored on the Clean Water Trail

Laurel Tridge Trail

Laurel Ridge Trail

Laurel Ridge delivers a powerful message through a beautiful experience: azaleas and rhododendrons thrive where their cultural needs are met…