From the Director

You are invited  to take a virtual “mini tour” of perhaps the most unique and little know natural and cultural resource in the region.  This website was updated in April 2013 and contains both written descriptions and many photographs of the offerings that one will find on the grounds and in the facilities when visiting.

Just a sampling … Nature at Her finest including nearly 15,000 annuals, perennial beds, an extensive bonsai collection, Yoshino Cherry Trees (grown from cuttings of the Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin Trees), a grove of dawn redwood trees, bald Cypress trees, a formal rose garden and tropical gardens.  Other features include a Japanese garden, 2 lakes, numerous water features including a 30 foot waterfall, a working vegetable garden and fruit tree orchard.

Cultural features include a 1800’s Manor House containing archaic bronze — some of which is 5,000 years old — antique carved jade pieces, Oriental and Persian rugs, artwork and numerous unique collectables and antique furniture.

The gardens are a popular venue for outdoor weddings and receptions offering a variety of options to provide just the right atmosphere and vista.  In addition, the 5,000 square foot Brown Welcome Center is available for indoor events from weddings to business retreats.

The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens was opened to the public in 1991.  The many treasures on display here are the legacy of Joseph and Marie Schedel.  It was the Schedel’s wish that their collections of desirable species of plants and trees, antiques, art, artifacts and rare objects be preserved, curated, enjoyed, and appreciated by the public upon their demise.

The Schedel Foundation was charged with the privilege of that task in 1989.  Since then the gardens have continually evolved and even more interesting and desirable species of plants and new beds have bee added that now total more than 100.

By visiting this website one will experience a sampling of all this.  Virtually no visitor offers anything but amazing comments so it is hoped you will take the opportunity to visit and see in person.  You’ll be glad you did!

Also contained within the website is information on membership, donation and volunteer opportunities.  The Schedel Arboretum and Gardens is an operation of the Joseph J. & Marie P. Schedel Foundation, a public non-profit foundation organized under section 501(c)(3).

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