Breaking ground for the Native Garden Gateway

An exciting transformation is underway at the Arboretum! If you have visited during the past week, you may have noticed a demolition crew reconfiguring the front entrance and removing concrete curbs and paths near the Visitor’s Center. Phase 1 construction of the Native Garden Gateway, part of the Arboretum’s Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, is taking shape!

This long-anticipated enhancement involves removing the existing concrete curbing, planting a thicket of native sumac and grasses, and installing a new entrance sign to complement the plantings and give visitors a glimpse of the native splendor that awaits them inside.

Work planned for this first phase, which will last through October, will also feature removal of the concrete walks and curbing in the parking lot to reduce the impervious surfaces and encourage infiltration of stormwater. Additional changes will include expanded native gardens, wider garden paths, new bridge decking, and new handicap parking to improve accessibility.

Fundraising for the Campaign to Build a Green Legacy is underway with the goal of beginning in 2013 the construction to enlarge the Visitor’s Center to accommodate new education programs. The Arboretum is grateful to its many members and friends who have given generously to make these improvements possible. To contribute to or learn more about the Campaign, contact Kate Rattie, Director of Advancement and Planning, at 410.634.2847, ext. 33 or krattie@adkinsarboretum.org.

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