The Pinetum, located in what Tom Kane called the Upper Meadow of the Landscape Park, features the native pines of the southern highlands region. Here you can see the complete life cycle of the pines from tiny seedlings to dying giants whose hollow limbs provide shelter for many species including flying squirrels and raccoons. Dead tops serve as landing and roosting sites for our beautiful raptors.
This area also includes the “Cherokee Eye” and wooden signs tell of the “Legend of the Great Chief” and the story of young “Billy Bethune” a confederate soldier. Groves of cane for exploring border both sides of this meadow.
The pines often are the first species to return in a farmed out or burned area. Our experiment here is to nourish the expansion of the more common species in our area: Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), the Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata), Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), and Virginia Pine (Pinus virginiana).