Birch Collection
The Birch collection (Betula sp.) is one of our most often changed collections.  All birch species have a relatively short life span in the managed landscape of somewhere around 50 years.  However, they are one of the most beloved genera of trees.  The popular white and gray birch with their white bark are spectacular in the landscape, whether wild, native, or managed and they look great in all seasons.  All birch have a beautiful yellow fall color and are easily spotted in the landscape.

The birch genus (Betula) however seems to attract diseases and pests, including the bronze birch borer which kills the tree.  The most resistant species to plant is the River Birch (Betula nigra).  There are 16 species and cultivars and 65 specimens in the old collection (by the Rhododendron garden) and 44 species in the new collection (by the Frerichs Garden for Wildlife).

Gardens & Collections

Display and Specialty Gardens
Annual Garden
Dahlia Trial Garden
Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk
Dwarf Conifer Collection and 
Waterfall Garden

Entrance Garden 
Fern Walk
Hedge Collection
Home Demonstration Gardens
Hosta Glade
Iris Garden
Japanese Garden
Lilac Collection and 
Blackman Garden
Lily and Dahlia Collection
Maze Garden
Ornamental Grass Collection
Peony Walk
Perennial Garden
Rain Gardens
Rose Gardens
Sensory Garden
Shade Tree Exhibit
Terrace Garden
Woodland-Azalea Garden

Visitor Center
Dahlberg Welcoming Terrace
Keating Terrace
Newton Dining Terrace
Sweatt Entry Terrace
Wall Teaching Garden
Wright Terrace Gardens
Wildflower Garden
Garden for Wildlife

Native Areas
The Prairie
Spring Peeper Meadow
The Bog Area

Azalea Collection
Bailey Shrub Walk
Hydrangea Collection
Lilac Collection
Miscellaneous Shrub Collection
Pea Shrub Collection
Potentilla Collection
Rhododendron Garden
Spirea Collection
Viburnum Collection
Weigela Collection

Arborvitae Collection
Ash Collection
Birch Collection
Buckeye Collection
Corktree Collection
Crabapple Collection
Elm Collection
Hawthorn Collection
Larch Collection
Linden Collection
Locust Collection
Magnolia Collection
Maple Collection
Nut Collection
Oak Collection
Pine Collection
Poplar Collection
Prunus Collection
Small Tree Collection
Serviceberry Collection
Spruce Collection
Weeping Tree Collection
Willow Collection