Crosby Arboretum, The

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United States of America - Mississippi - Picayune

Institution Code: CROS

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Crosby Arboretum, The

Mississippi State University's Crosby Arboretum is dedicated to educating the public about their environment. This mission is carried out by preserving, protecting, and displaying plants native to the Pearl River Drainage Basin ecosystem, providing environmental and botanical research opportunities, and offering cultural, scientific, and recreational programs. The Arboretum displays three basic habitats found in this ecosystem. They are a Savanna exhibit, a Woodland exhibit, and an Aquatic exhibit. Both drastic and subtle changes in landscape patterns can be observed within each exhibit. In addition to the 104-acre interpretive site, the Arboretum also maintains collectively over 700 acres of off-site natural areas that are preserved for scientific study. For more information see

Main Address:
Crosby Arboretum, The
370 Ridge Road
P.O. Box 1639
Mississippi 39466 United States of America

Telephone: (601) 799-2311
Fax: (601) 799-2372
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Patricia Drackett, Director
    Curator's Name: Richelle Stafne, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1979
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 406 Hectares
  • Total Area: 448 Hectares
    Latitude: 30.4865010
    Longitude: -89.6658890
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 2000
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Native plants and in situ collections.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes