Baker County Arboretum and
Teaching Garden

The Baker County Arboretum and Teaching Garden is located at the Baker County Extension Office in Macclenny, Fla. Installation was completed February, 2011 and the grand opening was held on Friday, April 29, 2011 for National Arbor Day.

The goal for this project is to create a space where community members can visit and appreciate urban forestry, while learning about Florida's diverse tree species and Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices.

The Baker County Arboretum spans across approximately two acres and is home for 61 Florida native and Florida-Friendly trees, featuring 42 different tree species.  All species have been selected to demonstrate the use of Florida native and Florida-Friendly plants that promote low maintenance landscapes requiring less water, fertilizer and pesticides once established.

As additional resources are acquired, the Arboretum and Teaching Gardens will be expanded to include various native and Florida-Friendly shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers, an edible teaching area and fruit orchard, and educational demonstrations.  The detailed site plan below illustrates the trees installed as part of the arboretum, as well as additional amenities to be added at a later date.

Funding for the arboretum was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.