New York: Draves Arboretum

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1815 Sharrick Road , Darien, NY 14040

Draves Arboretum is located in rural Western New York. The 20 acre property consists of several themed areas including ‘The Pinetum,’ four acres dedicated to the collection and study of conifers. Additionally, groups of conifers are intermingled with other woody specimens throughout the facility. An additional area has been chosen for a distinct miniature and dwarf conifer section to be developed in 2021.

Curator and President, Thomas Draves and his family began the diverse collection 25 years ago. Through subsequent years, the collection has grown to include over 800 species of woody plants, and currently includes almost 100 conifer species consisting of 274 plants. Species can be observed at all stages of maturity, with detailed attention given to accessible labelling for identification and educational purposes.

Draves Arboretum acquired its Level II accreditation from ArbNet in 2018, and in 2019 received advanced accreditation as a Level III Arboretum, becoming one of only twenty-eight with this distinction worldwide.

As the collection gained regional notoriety, the arboretum became Provisionally Chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, evolving into a center for public education. Draves Arboretum offers courses for professionals within the green industry, programs for local colleges, private tours, and classes for garden clubs and other organized groups.

Visitors and groups are welcome daily by appointment: 585-547-3341

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Watch a presentation by Thomas Draves, president and curator of Draves Arboretum.