Arizona State University, The Arboretum

Tempe, Arizona

Landscape Architecture category

The arboretum at Arizona State University includes the entire campus. The 650-acre arboretum is one of the largest arboretum and research facilities in the Southwest, with more than 300 species of plants from around the world. Goals of the arboretum are the acquisition, development, maintenance and display of plants. It seeks to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMArboretum CommitteeFEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape the diversity of plants, as well as their botanical relationships. In November 2000, the arboretum celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The arboretum contains one of the best collections of date palms and conifers in the desert Southwest. A part of the arboretum is designated as the Desert Arboretum Park, which serves as a botanical refuge for desert plants. Proper water management, conservation and recycling programs are practiced in the operation of the arboretum.

The arboretum is used as an outdoor classroom appropriate for research, learning, recreation and public service. Free to the public, the arboretum is open 24 hours every day. From tall, stately palms and rugged Himalayan pines to rare fruit trees and cacti, the arboretum offers a colorful, multifaceted journey through the world of plants.

Note: Area = 650 acres

Photographer: ©Scott Cisson and ©Val Peterson