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Audubon Arboretum

Arboretum within Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, VA

 
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The Arboretum

Established in the year 2000, with an agreement between the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department (WPRD), and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society (NSVAS), the Audubon Arboretum is located within Jim Barnett Park, in Winchester, Virginia.

It currently has over 100 trees, representing more than 40 species. Our earliest plantings have grown to become beautiful specimens. The 2 Bald Cypress are over 30 feet tall. The Oaks are producing acorns. The Cherries, Crab Apples, Service Berry, and Tulip Trees, when in bloom, add to the spring flowering. And, the Cedars, Hollies, Magnolias, White Pine, and Arborvitae give us color in all seasons. Mockingbirds and Brown Thrashers nest in the Hawthorns. Mourning Doves have nested in the Locust Trees and Killdeer nest on the ground within the limestone outcroppings. Memorial trees and trees planted to honor individuals and organizations are continually being added.

NSVAS and WPRD are working with the Winchester Host Lions Club to develop a sensory trail within the Arboretum where tree descriptions will be in Braille in addition to regular text. We are hopeful that this will be the beginning of a more extensive sensory trail system within the Arboretum in the future. An Herb Garden and a Pollinator’s Garden will be planted this spring that will add color, assist our insect friends in the important work they do, and provide more opportunities for education and learning. 

​For information on the Audubon Arboretum, please contact Jim Smith at jsmiff@comcast.net.