McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State Arboretum

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United States of America - South Dakota - Brookings

Institution Code: SDC

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State Arboretum

Beauty is its own excuse for being. However, the Gardens serve a more practical purpose. Ongoing research continues to provide new information to the scientific community and the public on the introduction, cultivation, and arrangement of native and domesticated plants. The testing and evaluation of new woody plant selections and varieties in the climate of the northern Great Plains, initiated by Dr. N.E. Hansen almost three-quarters of a century ago, remains an integral part of our research mission as demonstrated by two 1990 introductions: 'Nugget' ninebark (used for the hedge plantings in the Maze Garden) and 'Homestead' Buckeye.

Research has expanded into four other areas, including the testing of new turfgrass varieties to lower inputs of fertilizer, water and maintenance, and demonstrating the effectiveness of native plant horticulture in the northern Great Plains.

The Gardens also serve as an outdoor teaching laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students at SDSU. Use of the Gardens by primary and secondary school children and students from other regional colleges and universities is encouraged.

Main Address:
McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State Arboretum
6th Street of South Dakota State University
SDSU Foundation Box 525
South Dakota 57007 United States of America

Telephone: (605) 688-6253
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: David Graper, Director, Professor/Department Head
    Curator's Name: Martin Maca, Professor
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1966
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 26 Hectares
    Latitude: 44.3113570
    Longitude: -96.7983880
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 18
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Ornamental plants adapted to South Dakota.

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes