If you’ve never visited Ellicottville’s Nannen Arborteum, or even if you’re a regular who’s looking for another excuse to go and learn more, now’s your chance. On Sunday, Sept. 25, stop by for a free guided walk through this hidden gem.
To help kick off the season, the walk is a chance for visitors to explore and learn about the arboretum, with volunteers on hand to answer questions and share interesting facts.
The developer of the Arboretum, John Ploetz, enjoyed unique trees and made sure to showcase them at the Nannen Arboretum, which is now home to some species visitors won’t see anywhere else in the area.
Guests will enjoy walking through the crab apple and evergreen collections, where they can learn about the different varieties of trees. Next, visitors will head to the Carolyn Lowe Herb Garden, which has 12 different herb gardens, and to the Demonstration Vegetable Garden, maintained by Cattaraugus County Master Gardeners. Other stops include Lake Nipponica, the Japanese Stone Gardens, Northrup Nature Hall and Chapman Nature Sanctuary.
Trees on the property range from newly-planted to mature, giving a timeline of a tree’s growth. The Nannen Arboretum has two newly- planted American chestnut trees – which have been classified as “effectively extinct” due to a severe blight reducing the trees ability to produce nuts – as well as tulip and birch trees.
Conclude the journey with a stop at the Ellicottville Rotary Patio, that runs along the back of the Town Center building, for light refreshments.
In addition to educating people about the Arboretum, people can find out about volunteering there.
Get outdoors this weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather during this free guided walk, which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Nannen Arboretum is located at 28 Parkside Drive. For more information on the walk or to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.