Providing an Educational Experience

Established in 2019, the Chesterfield County Arboretum is located on the 580-acre Chesterfield Government Complex and helps to increase canopy coverage, improve water quality, decrease the area of managed turf and provide an educational experience for citizens on the benefit of trees and plants.

The arboretum collection currently includes an engaging tree walk and urban orchard, home to various varieties of fruit trees, nut trees and fruiting shrubs, from seasonally changing annuals to varying perennials. Native plants are used as much as possible and selectively cut back to leave food for wildlife. Through the arboretum’s work, we promote healthy, active lifestyles and encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature.

Watch a video about the Chesterfield County Arboretum and read the Speaking For the Trees article.

What is an arboretum?

An arboretum is a botanical garden specializing in trees and other woody plants, using living collections that are grown to study and conserve trees.

The Chesterfield County Buildings and Grounds Horticulture Shop, a branch of Chesterfield’s General Services Department, is responsible for all maintenance, planting, care and removal of the trees and plants. The Horticulture Shop is staffed with committed professionals, including:

The Horticulture Shop stays at the forefront of industry knowledge by maintaining accreditations, obtaining and continuing educational units, and attending landscape courses.

In May of 2019, the Chesterfield County Arboretum was awarded a Level I accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

What is ArbNet?

ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, global community of arboreta that supports the common purposes and interests of tree-focused public gardens. ArbNet was launched on Arbor Day in 2011 to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.

View all accredited arboreta in Virginia, including Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery.