John Claudius Loudon in 1806 defined an arboretum as a site where trees and other woody plants are deliberately cultivated for scientific, educational, and aesthetic purposes.
The University of Nevada, Reno was designated a state arboretum by the 1985 Nevada Legislature. The campus is a living collection of plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals and native flora-with many designated areas on campus open to the public for enjoyment and educational pursuits. The wide variety of trees on campus represents over 60 genera and about 200 species, many with several cultivars present. Thirty-six stately elms line the Main Quad, located just north of Morrill Hall, the oldest building on campus.
Featured areas of interest include the Cherry Blossom Garden, the Benson Gardens, the Main Quad, Albert E. Hilliard Foliage Quad, Jimmie's Garden, the Fleischmann Agriculture Quad, the Merriam A. Brown Rose Garden, the Hettich Garden, and Manzanita Lake.
Raymond Needham, chair
784-6837; mail stop 205
Todd Borman , vice chair
682-8010; mail stop 322