arboretum

noun
ar·​bo·​re·​tum | \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm How to pronounce arboretum (audio) \
plural arboretums or arboreta\ ˌär-​bə-​ˈrē-​tə How to pronounce arboreta (audio) \

Definition of arboretum

: a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes

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Avent had seen how Raulston had created an arboretum virtually out of nothing at the university’s plant trial farm (now called the JC Raulston Arboretum), and this inspired him to copy the idea at the fairgrounds. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Overton has sandy soil, while the arboretum soil is heavier clay. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 The arboretum’s groves and gardens hold more than 4,000 kinds of plants, including many Nevada natives. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 Early in the 20th century, hogweed was planted in arboretums as a curiosity due to its massive size. oregonlive.com, "Toxic giant hogweed sap that burns, blisters skin found in Clark County," 13 July 2019 From that early work, the arboretum has grown to include more than 880 trees of 164 species. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst College groundskeeper shows some of the 900 trees making up the campus' certified arboretum," 17 June 2018 Free with $9 admission to the arboretum ($6 seniors & students with ID, members enter free). Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Gardening datebook: Conventions about cactus, fruit trees and bewitching begonias," 25 July 2019 The arboretum's trial included 2,187 plants this past year, including 116 vegetables, says Jenny Wegley, vice president of horticulture. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 Aviaries and arboretums hold a collection of exotic birds and monkeys. Los Angeles Times, "These are the most expensive homes ever sold in Los Angeles," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of arboretum

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arboretum

New Latin, from Latin, plantation of trees, from arbor

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arboretum

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English Language Learners Definition of arboretum

: a place where trees and plants are grown in order to be studied or seen by the public

arboretum

noun
ar·​bo·​re·​tum | \ ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm How to pronounce arboretum (audio) \
plural arboretums or arboreta\ -​ˈrē-​tə \

Kids Definition of arboretum

: a place where trees and plants are grown to be studied

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