Haverford College Arboretum

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United States of America - Pennsylvania - Haverford

Institution Code: CAA

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

Spring on the Nature Trail
Spring on the Nature Trail

About the Haverford College Arboretum

Haverford College was founded in 1833 by a group of Welsh Quakers, and the following year William Carvill, an English landscape gardener, was hired to design the plan for the campus. Carvill developed a design to replace the tilled fields, woodlots and pastures, using trees to frame and complement open spaces. He bordered the lanes with alleés of trees and planted groups of trees in odd numbers. Carvill also constructed grape arbors and a serpentine walk, reflecting the English landscape tradition of Sir Humphrey Repton. Carvill’s mark is still evident today in the pastoral landscape which includes several original trees including a Swamp white oak, Quercus bicolor, and Bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, on Founders Green.

In 1901, a group of students and alumni formed the Campus Club to help preserve the campus landscape after discovering Carvill’s original plan. Their work eventually led to the founding of the Haverford College Campus Arboretum Association (now the Haverford College Arboretum Association) in 1974, which continues to perpetuate Carvill’s original design.

Main Address:
Haverford College Arboretum
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Pennsylvania 19041 United States of America

Telephone: (610) 896-1101
Fax: (610) 896-1095
URL: www.haverford.edu/Arboretum
Primary Email: arbor@haverford.edu

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Claudia Kent, Arboretum Director
    Curator's Name: Sally Anderson, Plant Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1834
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 80 Hectares
    Latitude: 40.0121250
    Longitude: -75.2995260
    Annual Rainfall: 1193 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 80
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2850
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 748
  • Special Collections:Landscaped campus of mature oaks, maples and shrubs; surrounded by woods and mature Pinetum collection of straight species. Small display gardens of native plants and ornamental perennials; meadows of nature plants; small Asian gardens.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes