Botanical Gardens Showdown

The State Arboretum of Virginia (UVA)

The State Arboretum of Virginia (UVA)

Do you have a local University botanical garden, or arboretum?

Do you think it’s the best?

Well now we have a definitive list! See where yours ranks!

 

Each botanical garden and arboretum was  rated and ranked based on the following:

Rating and Ranking Methodology

Awards and Recognition
2 points—Major (national or international) award or recognition
1 point—Regional or local award or recognition
Variety of Species
3 points—Over 5,000 different plant species represented
2 points—Over 3,000 different plant species represented
1 point—Over 1,000 different plant species represented
Conservation and Education
1 point—Endangered plant species represented
1 point—Presence of educational outreach programs
1 point—Presence of horticultural library
1 point—LEED green building on site
Connected University Degree Programs
2 points awarded for school of agriculture (or related discipline) on site
1 point for presence of a connected degree program (i.e., horticulture, ecology, botany, etc.)
Wow Factor
1 point—1 point awarded for each unique feature that “wowed” us

For a totally unbiased perspective I have chosen to show photos of the University of Idaho arboretum (where I’m working on completing my PhD) and the University of Virginia arboretum (GO Hoos!).

University of Idaho Arboretum

University of Idaho Arboretum

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