Have you ever visited the Arboretum at The University of Guelph? If not, then you are in for a real treat. It doesn’t matter what season you visit, this beautiful 165 hectare (408 acre) natural area has so much to offer. I have spent many hours exploring this beautiful oasis in the heart of Guelph, as well as sitting quietly on one of the many benches, soaking in the natural world that is all around.
The Arboretum at the University of Guelph is modelled after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The U of G Arboretum was founded in 1971 and has developed from farm fields into an amazing green space. Shelly Hunt, the director, says “The Arboretum offers a combination of plant collections and natural areas such as woodlands and meadows.” The Arboretum also features four formal gardens that change throughout the seasons.
June, July and August will feature scheduled Wednesday Evening Walks at 7:00 p.m. The tours are only $2 per adult, and will feature a different topic each week. This is an excellent way to see the beauty that the Arboretum has to offer, whether experiencing it for the first time or the fiftieth.
For more information, visit: http://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/educationandevents/tours.shtml
About Betty’s Best
Betty is an active volunteer at the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington. In this column she shares her personal recommendations and interests.