Unwind and renew your spirit in our updated 3 bedroom (sleeps 8) historic house (circa 1830’s) in the heart of the largest arboretum of its kind in the USA. Explore our exotic 206 acre property sheltering 4000 different North American and international tree species. Hike through old growth forest past historic outbuildings and watch the sun sparkle on our ponds. We are family and pet friendly, ideal for group and corporate outings, close to UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State.
The Arboretum began in the 1970's on a small scale, on an early 19th century farm located 7 miles west of Chapel Hill, NC. It has grown in size over the years until now it comprises approximately 19.5 acres within an additional 40 acres of conserved wooded buffer land. Currently there are approximately 4,000 labeled species, with an emphasis on collecting and displaying species representing a wide diversity of conditions. In 2010 the Arboretum received the annual Jean Iseli Memorial Award. This diversity includes ranges of temperature tolerance, with species from plant hardiness zones 1 - 2 species usually grown in bog sites, to those in the warmer zones 8 - 9. Another example of this diversity is the presence of 23 Abies (fir) species which usually grow in cool, mountainous regions. The majority of the world's temperate genera are represented in the collection. Examples of genera represented are Pinus or pine (76 species), Betula or birch (24 species), Quercus or oak (112 species), and Acer or maple (103 species). These totals do not include numerous other general. Species were obtained by Dr. Keith through personal collecting, commercial nurseries specializing in rare plants, and from overseas collectors including renowned North Carolina botanist, J.C. Raulston.
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