Did you know the first tree at the Lubbock Arboretum was planted in 1961 ? The tree, planted by the “Junior Buds”, still stands today, 53 years later. The arboretum was officially incorporated in 1964. The 93 acre area is home to a variety of plants, flowers, trees, birds, and butterflies. There are a variety of gardens which include roses, crape myrtles, and wild flowers among many more.
The arboretum is a perfect spring destination. The water features and gazebos allow for a serene environment. Kids will also enjoy the sensory garden where they can see, smell, touch, taste, and hear. Pets are also allowed (must be on leash) at the arboretum.
The mission of the arboretum is to “provide educational opportunities on all aspects of horticulture in this area, in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of trees and ornamental plants, encourages beautification of all public and private lands, conservation of natural resources, and promotes cooperation with other organizations with similar goals.” To achieve this, they put on multiple workshops and classes throughout the year.
Check out the map of the arboretum so you make sure to visit each attraction. You are welcome to walk the trails between 5am and midnight as defined by the City of Lubbock. Also, check out their Facebook page for daily updates!