Our collections are clearly marked on the grounds and each has an interpretive panel providing informative and engaging context about what lies within the space.
Central to the theme of our mission are our botanical collections from all around the world. Our collections present a wealth of interesting trees and plants for visitors to view in every stage of their ecological and seasonal lives. With botanical labels identifying genus, species and family, our collections provide endless opportunity for everything from the academic study to the home gardener researching new additions to acquire.
The landscape ecology of our 224 acres offers some of the very best natural history observing in Maine. From the second longest wetland boardwalk in the state where bird watching and photography opportunities abound to our fields and forest habitat, habitat exploration, adventure and the simple pleasure of unwinding all present themselves. Here too along the trails you will find many of our trees labeled to help you identify our Maine natives.
Old time(Heritage) apple varieties developed in Maine as well as a collection of Malussieversii, the original Central Asian species from which our cultivated apple bred.
This native species was nearly wiped out a century ago. These trees are part of the effort to ensure the survival of this historically-importnant and iconic species.
Tree species with characteristics favored for urban plantings.
Out conifers include North American varieties as well as other species from around the world.
In recognition of the Daughter's of the American Revolution, this garden is planted with trees, shrubs and flowers having historic connection to the Revolutionary War period.
The American Sycamores in this collection came from Ellis Island, New York in celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution is 1987.
Showcases flowering trees, primarily crabapples and pears.
One of three ash species native to Maine. A research collection designed to showcase genetic differences in individuals from many different locations.
White Pines is the Maine state tree and each tree in this grove honors one of Maine governors.
Hosta varieties of all types. This is the largest public collection of Hostas in Maine.
Our only deciduous conifer, this stand offers and enchanting perspective on this species throughout the seasons.
Blooming white, pink and purple, this collection of lilac varieties is a late spring favorite.
Surrounding the Visitor's Center are plants native to Maine.
Well-known nut species include shagbark hickory, black walnut and butternut.
Oaks from around the world depicting the variety of forms. seed types, and other species-specific characteristics.
Our newest collection featuring a food garden designed to mimic some elements of a natural ecosystem, to provide food for people, birds and pollinators and habitat for wildlife.
A stunning collection of perennials, medicinal plants and herbs specializing in surviving in extreme conditions.
Viles Arboretum's Art Trail creates a bridge to our botanical collections and natural environment through art. Explore featured artists as you walk along the walking trails. It's primary goal is to introduce visitors to the interplay between art and nature, enhance the educational experience, and create a public space for inspiration.
Most of the pieces are for sale, as noted on the signs located at each sculpture. Ten percent of the sale price is retained by and supports the work of the Arboretum. Please come to the Visitor's Center for any questions about art work purchases and if you would like to become a featured artist.
We're pleased to feature a variety of Maine artists and their incredible work here at Arboretum and on our website!