Tree Foundation Arboretums

Nashville Tree Foundation designates arboretums on land where different trees and shrubs are grown for study or popular interest.

The purpose of establishing arboretums is to:

  • Increase environmental awareness.
  • Provide a learning experience.
  • Encourage the creation of arboretums.
  • Enhance the image of Nashville for visitors and travelers.
  • Serve as ecological classrooms for present and future generations.
  • Provide enjoyment for present and future generations.

One or two sites are designated each year by Nashville Tree Foundation. Requests are reviewed by the Foundation’s board of directors. A leaf-shaped bronze or zinc plaque is awarded at a public ceremony at the site.


Arboretums are designated according to classification, minimum number of labeled species and varieties, and other criteria. A site can have 75 or more named and labeled specimens, or as few as 25 in unique, natural or wayside areas. Sites must be inspected by at least two individuals selected by Nashville Tree Foundation.

Tree Foundation Designated Arboretums

  • The Harpeth Hall School, 2015
  • Davidson Academy, 2014
  • Whitworth Neighborhood, 2013
  • Nashville City Cemetery, 2013
  • Belmont University, 2012
  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 2012
  • Ensworth High School, 2012
  • The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm, 2012
  • Montgomery Bell Academy, 2012
  • Regency Park Condominiums, 2012
  • Sugartree, 2012
  • Warner Parks, 2012
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2006
  • Historic Richland/West End Neighborhood, 1995
  • Belle Meade Country Club, 1995
  • Harding Academy, 1994
  • Ellington Agricultural Center, 1994
  • Historic Germantown neighborhood, 1993
  • The Conservatory and The Cascades at Opryland Hotel, 1992
  • Tennessee Governor’s Residence, 1991
  • Belle Meade Mansion, 1988
  • First Presbyterian Church, 1988
  • Private residence, 4343 Glen Eden Drive, 1988
  • Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center,1988
  • The Hermitage, 1988
  • Vanderbilt University, 1988