Auburn’s Davis Arboretum ranks among the 30 most beautiful college arboretums in the country

Auburn Arboretum
The perfect spot to kick off spring. (Maggie Dazzio / Bama Buzz)

Many college campuses utilize arboretums to cultivate natural education. Auburn University’s Donald E. Davis Arboretum was ranked 17 among the 30 most beautiful college arboretums in the country according to College Rank. Read on to find out why.

Donald E. Davis Arboretum

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum serves as one of the oldest in the SEC, creating an outdoor learning experience for university students, local schools and the whole community. The College of Science and Mathematics supports the 13.5 acre garden as the university uses this space for research, conservation and education. The arboretum strives to preserve native Southeastern plant collections.

The Davis Arboretum is the only SEC garden containing two nationally-accredited collections—Oaks and Native Azaleas. The garden tells the story of our great state’s biodiversity and provides the community with a beautiful space to learn about the benefits of native plants and conservation.

Ranked 17th most beautiful in the Nation

Auburn Arboretum
Plants on plants on plants. (Maggie Dazzio / Bama Buzz)

The Davis Arboretum ranked 17 out of 30 different campuses around the country. The top three colleges included The University of Hawaii, The University of Virginia and Swarthmore College. What differentiates Auburn from these competing arboretums? Here’s what College Rank had to say:

“Their efforts for conservation are aligned with groups such as the American Public Garden Association, the North American Plant Collection Consortium, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S. and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance. The arboretum works passionately to bring awareness to biodiversity threats, habitat destruction and the invasion of non-native exotic species.”

College Rank, The 30 Most Beautiful College Arboretums

Why arboretums?

While many schools pride themselves on increased technology and learning facilities, sometimes there is nothing like education through nature and the environment around us. From studying diverse plant life to protecting biological diversity, arboretums provide communities with a unique way to connect with the natural world.

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