With over 20 unique botanical collections featuring tree species from around the world, Viles Arboretum has a collection to capture the interest of everyone! Our collections offer a high degree of diversity, featuring everything from trees sent to space, to a vast collection of trees native to the State of Maine. Each collection offers unique educational opportunities with our metal botanical labels. Each label features the common, scientific and family name of our specimens. Tags are also conveniently color coded to indicate whether the specimen is part of a botanical collection (black), a special collection (red), or part of the natural landscape (blue).
In addition to our cultivated collections, the arboretum also features a variety unique ecosystems across our 224 acre campus. The varied landscape ecology presents incredible birding, wildlife watching and photography opportunities. Whether you choose to pursue elusive warblers on our wetland board walk, ride horses through the sprawling fields, or capture memories through photography in our rugged Maine forests - the possibilities are endless!
Heritage Apple Collection
Heritage apple varieties developed in Maine and Malussieversii, the original Central Asian tree species from which our modern cultivated apple varieties descended.
This native species was nearly wiped out a century ago. Functionally extinct in the wild, trees in this collection are part of the effort to ensure the survival and possible re-introduction of this iconic species.
Community Forestry Collection
Featuring tree species with characteristics that make them popular as landscape installations in urban environments.
Our conifer collection showcases iconic species from Maine and around the world.
In recognition of the Daughter's of the American Revolution organization, this garden is planted with trees, shrubs and flowers with historic connection to the Revolutionary War period.
Ellis Island Sycamores
The American sycamores in this collection came from Ellis Island, New York and were planted in celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution in 1987.
Space Shuttle Pines
Trees from space! This stand of white pine trees was cultivated from seeds that traveled to space in 1991.
Green Ash Collection
One of three ash species native to Maine. A research collection designed to showcase genetic differences in individuals from different locations.
White pine is the Maine State tree. Each tree in this grove honors a Maine governor.
Hosta varieties of all types. This is the largest public collection of Hosta's in the State of Maine.
Our only deciduous conifer, this stand offers an enchanting perspective on this species throughout the seasons.
Blooming white, pink and purple, this collection of lilac varieties is a late spring favorite.
Nut Tree Collection
Well-known nut species including shag-bark hickory, black walnut and butternut.
Oak species from around the world.
Food and Forest Collection
Our newest collection featuring a food garden designed to mimic some elements of a natural ecosystem. This collection is intended to provide food for people, birds and pollinators, and habitat for wildlife.
A collection of some our most familiar and beloved trees from around the world.
Forest Commissioners Grove
Our Forestry Commissioners Grove celebrates forestry traditions in the State of Maine.
Field Art Collection
Our are installations create a bridge between our botanical collections and the natural environment. Explore our featured artists as you walk along our trails, and experience sculptural art as it was meant to be viewed in our unique natural landscape.
Most of the pieces are for sale, price is as noted on the signs located at each sculpture. Ten percent of each sale goes to the Arboretum to support our mission. Please stop by the visitor's center with any questions about art work or if you would like to become a featured artist.