The Klingaman Arboretum
“He plants trees to benefit another generation.” – Caecilius Statius
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is currently developing an arboretum, a living collection of trees and shrubs. These trees and shrubs will form the framework and backdrop for gardens that will be added in future years as the Garden expands. In the fall of 2011, the BGO Board of Directors voted to name the arboretum in honor of Dr. Gerald Klingaman, the Operations Director at the Garden. The Klingaman Arboretum is centered in the field south of the first phase of BGO development and is a critically needed living infrastructure.
Because it will take years for trees to reach significant size, it is important that the arboretum be established early in the life of the Garden so that future garden plantings and structures will have the benefit of a beautiful backdrop of established trees and shrubs. This arboretum will also be a significant addition to the scientific base for the Garden and will underpin the various educational efforts conducted by staff and volunteers in the coming years.
Because of space limitations, the Garden will focus on collecting both species and cultivars in these eight categories of trees and shrubs:
Within each of these collections, the Garden will place a special emphasis on hardy species with ornamental appeal that extend the Garden season earlier in the spring and later in the fall. As the collection develops, it will be possible for Garden visitors to study and observe the range of variation and adaptation that exists within each group. The Garden’s goal is to collect 800 kinds of trees and at least twice that many flowering shrubs.
If you are interested in helping us grow the Klingaman Arboretum, we encourage you to donate specifically to the arboretum and its endowment which will ensure its protection and maintenance for generations to come.