Arboretum Committee

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Arboretum TourIn 1898, one of the Town’s earliest official acts was to pass legislation to preserve Garrett Park's sylvan setting by officially protecting its trees and shrubs. In 1977, Garrett Park officially established itself as an Arboretum. Since then, the Town 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. 
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The Arboretum Committee

The Committee advises the Town Council on the management of all tree and perennial plantings in the Town rights–of–way and public spaces. Up to seven members serve for five years each and are appointed by the Mayor:

ARBORETUM COMMITTEE ROLE
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

Comprehensive Arboretum Plan

In 2018-19, a plan was developed to provide the Town with a framework for sustainably managing and improving the Arboretum now and in the future. A complete inventory of all trees and other woody plants under Town management was also created.

Part I:  History, Policies, and Current Collection

Part II:  Operating Procedures

Online Map of the Arboretum

Natural Resources Design Presentation of the Plan to Residents 10/23/19

Town Ordinances

Ordinances exist to protect trees and shrubs on Town property: 
Sections 715-717 of the Town Code

Information for Homeowners

Answers to questions about Town trees and other useful resources. More >

Arboretum Committee Meeting Minutes

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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