Frank A. Waugh Arboretum

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United States of America - Massachusetts - Amherst

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BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level IV

About the Frank A. Waugh Arboretum

The Waugh Arboretum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a landscape for learning. Our mission is to support research and educate the campus and regional communities about native and cultivated plants; improve the beauty and atmosphere of the campus setting; and engage in and promote the conservation and preservation of our natural ecosystems and resources. To further our educational objectives, we seek to curate, develop, manage, and preserve specimens and collections of ornamental species which are indigenous, unique, or exotic and appropriate to the University landscape in support of our mission.

The Waugh Arboretum includes the entirety of the UMass Amherst campus (1400 acres +-). The arboretum has two arboretum area types:
1.)The core campus area where most campus structures and activities are located. This core contains a diversity of specimen plantings that enhance the aesthetics of existing and future structures, and serves as a living laboratory exploring the uses of indigenous, unique, or exotic vegetation in a variety of landscapes.
2.)The “outer campus” which includes conservation areas of young and mature forests, wetland, and successional communities.

Main Address:
Frank A. Waugh Arboretum
University of Massachusetts Amherst
N. Pleasant St.
Massachusetts 01003 United States of America

Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Jack Ahern
    Curator's Name: Chris Copeland
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Chris Copeland

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
  • Date founded: 1944
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 581 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.390697
    Longitude: -72.525178
    Annual Rainfall: 1168 mm
    Altitude: 90.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 11200
  • Special Collections:The third president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, William Clark, became a foreign advisor to the a Japanese city of Sapporro in the late 19th century. Upon his return to American soil, he brought with him many plants of Japanese origin. Of these specimens include the national champion Japanese elm which stands as the backbone of an Asian presence in the Waugh Arboretum today.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes