March 1, 2016
The Arboretum is constructing new facilities at South Farm, a staff work area located to the southwest of the Visitor Center. The project, scheduled for completion in late 2017, includes a new operations building, transportation center, and expanded plant production facilities.
South Farm is the heart of Arboretum operations and home to the arborists, horticulturists, and gardeners who care for 1,700 acres of gardens and natural areas year-round. Current South Farm buildings date to the 1930s, when the Arboretum was one-fourth of its current size.
The South Farm project is one element of a $63 million capital campaign, Growing Brilliantly, to increase Arboretum impact in key areas. Other components of Growing Brilliantly include establishing a Center for Tree Science, enhancing Arboretum conservation programs, expanding the New Plant Development Program, and making improvements to the Children’s Garden.
Construction at South Farm should have few, if any, noticeable impacts on visitors.