The Arboretum

The Arboretum

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center maintains a diverse collection of trees and shrubs from around the world.  The great majority of our plants, however, are Southeastern U.S. natives.

The backbone of the Arboretum is composed of Lookout Valley’s naturally-occurring trees and shrubs. Intentional planting to enhance these native specimens began in the 1950s and has continued throughout the park’s more than 60-year history.

In 1982, renowned New York landscape architect Thomas Kane completed a master plan for the park.  We commonly refer to it as the Kane Plan.  In subsequent years Kane made several revisions to the original plan, but we have designed all new plantings within the framework that he established for the Arboretum.

According to Tennessee Department of Agriculture, an arboretum is “… a place with an exhibit of trees (and other plants) for display or scientific study.”TDA

Learn more about Arboreta at the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council