Certified arboreta in Tennessee

Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has certified more than 70 arboreta throughout the state. They range from a small neighborhood school with 30 different species of labeled trees to a large research park with over 120 tree species and full-time employees and volunteers.

Guidelines define an arboretum as an area with a significant amount of woody vegetation in tree form that is cultivated for educational, scientific or aesthetic purposes. To be certified, an arboretum must be open to the public, the trees must be properly labeled for educational purposes, and they must be properly protected and maintained during the period of certification.

TUFC coordinates the Arboretum Certification Program throughout Tennessee. The purpose of the program is to define minimum standards for public educational purposes of an arboretum, and to confirm these standards are met.


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West Tennessee

Level 1

  • Chevy Chase Arboretum at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson (2010)
  • Chimneyrock Elementary School, Cordova (2003)
  • Chucalissa Tree Trail, T.O. Fuller State Park, Memphis (2008; 2012)
  • Fed Ex, Corporate Technical Center, Memphis (2013)
  • Fed Ex, World Headquarters, Memphis (2013)
  • Fed Ex, World Trade Center, Memphis (2013)
  • LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis (2013)
  • Liberty Garden, Jackson (2010)
  • Lichterman Nature Center (2003; 2011)
  • Memphis City Beautiful Victorian Village (2004)
  • Okeena Park, Dyersburg (2005, 2012)
  • Old Forest Arboretum of Overton Park (2002)
  • Peterson Lake Nature Center, Collierville (2008)
  • Riverdale Elementary School, Germantown (2010)
  • Sea Isle Park and School, Memphis (2004)
  • Southwind Community, Memphis (2013)
  • Zadie E. Kuehl Memorial Park (2004; 2009)

Level 2

  • Carlisle S. Page Arboretum, Elmwood Historic Cemetery, Memphis (Level 1, 2000; Level 2, 2002; recertified 2012)
  • Dyersburg Middle School (Level 1, 2005; Level 2, 2008)
  • La Grange Cemetery (2012)
  • Trees by Touliatos Arboretum (2002) [withdrawn after owner's death, 2012]
  • University of Tennessee West Tennessee Research Center, Jackson (2006)

Level 3

  • Central Gardens Neighborhood, Memphis (2008)
  • Louise Pearson Memorial, Bells (Level 1, 2002; Level 2, 2006; Level 3, 2011)
  • University of Memphis (Level 2, 2004; recertified 2008; Level 3, 2013)

Level 4

  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis (2006, 2011)
  • Memphis Botanic Garden (2006, 2012)
  • Rhodes College, Memphis (2011)
  • Shady Acres Park, Trenton (Level 3, 2012; Level 4, 2013)

Middle Tennessee

Level 1

  • Bell Buckle Park (2011)
  • Belle Meade Plantation (2000)
  • Brentwood Library (2008, 2013)
  • Buford McCord Memorial Park, Lyles (2013)
  • Christ the King School, Nashville (2012)
  • Dickson Community Nature Trail (2004)
  • Environmental Study Area, Old Hickory Lake, Hendersonville (2001)
  • G.D. Coorts Memorial Arboretum (2000)
  • Harpeth Hall School (2005, 2013)
  • The Hermitage (2003)
  • Hillsboro West End, Nashville (2000)
  • Interstate Packaging (2000, 2013)
  • Jason Allen Arboretum Trail at Couchville Lake, Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage (2008, 2013)
  • Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (2012)
  • Obed River Park, Crossville (2004)
  • Pleasant Run Creek, Pulaski (2004)
  • Ridgetop Station Park Arboretum (2013)
  • Stones River Greenway, Murfreesboro (2003)

Level 2

  • Deerwood Park and Natural Area, Brentwood (2002, 2012)
  • McMinnville Civic Center (2006)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville (2012)

Level 4

  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (Level 1, 2001; Level 4, 2011)
  • White House Arboretum (2013)

Corporate

Level 2

  • Graceland, Memphis (2013)

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East Tennessee

Level 1

  • American Museum of Science & Energy (2001)
  • Bonny Oaks, Chattanooga (2000)
  • Bryan College, Dayton (2011)
  • Cherokee Trail, Chattanooga (2000)
  • Chattanooga Audubon Acres (2003)
  • Crockett Spring Park Arboretum, Rogersville (2013)
  • David Crockett High School, Jonesborough (2010)
  • Domtar at Borden Park (2010)
  • Halls Outdoor Classroom (2012)
  • Ijam’s Nature Center, Knoxville (2013)
  • Ivan Racheff House and Gardens, Oliver Springs (2003)
  • Karnes High School, Knoxville (2011)
  • Knoxville Botanical Garden (2011)
  • Marble Springs State Historic Site (2013)
  • New Hopewell Elementary School, Knoxville (2003)
  • Northeast State Community College, Blountville (2010)
  • Ocoee Regional Nature Center, Cleveland (2001)
  • Sevier County High School Nature Trail, Sevierville (2000)
  • South-Doyle Middle School Nature Trail, Knoxville (2003)
  • Steele Creek Park Tree Trail, Bristol (2003, 2008)
  • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton (2012)
  • Townsend River Walk (2011)
  • Walters State Community College, Morristown (2006)

Level 2

  • Ardinna Woods, Pliny Fisk Environmental Services, Jonesborough (2011)
  • Burchfiel Grove (Level 1, 2002; Level 2, 2010)
  • Chattanooga State Technical College (2008)
  • Cleveland State Community College (Level 1, 2006; Level 2, 2011)
  • Daniel Boone Arboretum, Tazewell (Level 1, 2003; Level 2, 2006)
  • UT Chattanooga (2010)

Level 3

  • University of Tennessee Trial Gardens, Knoxville (2003)

Level 4

  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City (2002)
  • Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center [formerly Reflection Riding Arboretum] (2002)
  • UT Forestry Experiment Station, Oak Ridge (2001)