Arboretum Committee

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Arboretum TourPart I:  History, Policies, and current Collection

Part II:  Operating Procedures

Online ARCGIS Map of the Arboretum

Natural Resources Design October 23rd Presentation

One of the Town’s earliest official acts (in 1898) was to pass legislation to preserve our sylvan setting by protecting our trees and shrubs. In 1977, rather than being limited to replacing dying trees and shrubs with varieties permitted by the County, Garrett Park officially established itself as an Arboretum. Since then, the Arboretum Committee has planted more than 600  trees and shrubs, many of rare and unusual varieties, to maintain a canopy of shade trees and to provide color and botanical interest throughout the seasons.

The Garrett Park Arboretum Committee advises the Mayor, Town Manager and Council on the management of all tree and perennial plantings in the Town rights–of–way and public spaces. Town Ordinances exist to protect trees and shrubs:

Sections 715, 716 and Section 717 of the Town Code

History of the Garrett Park Arboretum


Every property in Garrett Park has a portion that belongs to the Town rather than to the individual property owner.  This is known as the “right of way.”  There are right of way survey maps posted on our website (under Government, then subheading Records and Documents).  On the Town right of way portion of each property, the maps show trees which belong to the Town. These trees may be approved for removal only by the Town Council. This approval must be in writing.

If you have a tree you think needs pruning or removal and it is on town property, or if you have a question about this process or about a tree whose location you are unsure of, please consult the right of way street survey map that includes your home and notify the town office: 301-933-7488. The Town Manager will then have the tree(s) in question assessed by the Town's Consulting Arborist and/or the Town's designated Tree Care Contractor for final determination of action needed, and will let you know what has been decided. 

Up to seven members serve for five years each and are appointed by the Mayor:

Arboretum Committee
 Kathy Benjamin
 Term Ends  Oct 2020
 Andrew Fidler  Term ends Feb 2023
 Charles Andrews  Term ends Jul 2024
 Jim Sullivan
 Term end Oct 2024
 Chris Keller  Term ends Feb 2022
 Jenny Krivanek
 Term ends Feb 2022
 Michael Spekter  Chair, Term ends Apr 2020
 Phil Normandy
 Arboretum Consultant
 Gerilee Bennett  Council Liaison

October 22 Meeting Agenda

 August 21, 2018 Meeting Agenda

 July 2, 2018 Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2018 Meeting Agenda
February 20, 2018 Meeting Agenda 
January 2018 Meeting Minutes
November 28, 2017 Meeting Agenda
October 2017 Meeting Minutes

Agenda and Meeting Minutes, January 26, 2016
Agenda and Meeting Minutes, February 23, 2016
Agenda and Meeting Minutes, March 22, 2016
Agenda and Meeting Minutes, April 26, 2016
Agenda and Meeting Minutes, May 24, 2016


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