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Dubuque Arboretum

While the Arboretum is located primarily in Marshall Park, conifers and deciduous trees can be seen and enjoyed throughout the grounds … in the botanical gardens and along the nature trails.

Arboretum :: An Outdoor Museum of Trees

… devoted to specimen plantings of trees and shrubs

Pronunciation: ar·bo·re·tum | noun \ˌär-bə-ˈrē-təm\

Plural: ar·bo·retums or ar·bo·re·ta

Origin of ARBORETUM: New Latin, from Latin, plantation of trees, from arbor

First known use: 1838

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arboretum


 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  
—Genesis 1:11-12 (KJV)

Arboretum purposes

Many varieties of trees are represented for a variety of purposes:

  • research 
  • education
  • conservation
  • ornamental


Arboretum benefits to the community

Education. It’s valuable to have a place where area residents can:

  • see and compare mature plants, and
  • study the different varieties that they may wish to include around their own homes.

Conservation and preservation. Endangered plants and trees can be protected and propagated to preserve the biological diversity of our planet.


  • An arboretum is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.
  • The peace and tranquility of an arboretum provide an intangible contribution to the spiritual and emotional health of individuals as they get more in touch with the environment.


Experience the beauty and benefits for yourself.
Visit the Dubuque Arboretum.


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