DELMARVA ALMANAC

Salisbury’s Arboretum

by Dana Kester-McCabe



By now Salisbury University is bustling with thousands of students. Even when it is not, it is full of things to see if you love trees and gardens, because it is also an arboretum.

An arboretum is simply a collection of trees. Salisbury University has always been a beautiful tree lined campus. They began documenting their collection in 1985 and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta granted them arboretum status within three years.

The University's collection has over two thousand species including Bald Cypress, Crape Myrtles, Dogwoods, Elm, Japanese Maples, Linden, Magnolia, Oaks, Rhododendron, Roses, Viburnum, and Wisteria.

The pergola on the walkway leading to the Guerreri Center is where much of the gardening action takes place. It provides lovely places for students to meet and sit among the potted plant arrangements and raised beds. The campus boasts eleven different garden sites, many which include sculptures.

Not all the gardens here are formal. There are lush wooded walkways. On this path near the gazebo, just east of the Guerreri Center, I noticed these charming lunaria which are a biannual plant used in dried arrangements. You don't see them massed like this in many gardens anymore, so that was a neat surprise.

There is no charge to visit Salisbury Arboretum, but during the school year parking can be tight. All in all, my recent visit on a very muggy day before the start of school, was quite pleasant. I would say that throughout the year you can walk this beautiful campus and see something new each time, which is the aim of every gardener.


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