For 30 years, the North Carolina Arboretum has cultivated connections between people and plants. Amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate.

Drake Fowler
Member Since 2005

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The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806 

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Monday-Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


(828) 665-2492
(828) 665-2371 (Fax)