Willowwood Arboretum

Willowwood Arboretum, 130 acres of rolling farm land, has about 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare. Both wild and cultivated plantings can be seen on self-guiding tours. In addition to undisturbed forest, historic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) now more than 98 feet tall, masses of ferns and handsome stands of field and forest wild flowers. The residence, dating back from 1792, features two small formal gardens. However, the pervading feeling at Willowwood is one of pleasant informal paths through open areas and woodland, all carefully developed since Henry and Robert Tubbs bought the property in 1908. Collecting and growing distinctive plants of all kinds became the continuing hobby of the brothers for half a century, and many specimens date from their initial plantings.