Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

 







The arboretum was begun in 1983 when Chris, who had been influenced by the magnificent Bernheim Forest in Kentucky, planted the cornfield with seedlings and acorns.  He started with 1,000 eight inch long red oaks and 250 white pines.  After learning from the local forestry experts that diversity was healthy, he then introduced many other varieties.  Over the years he has continued to plant and nurture the grounds, enclosing seedling trees with wire until they were strong enough to stand on their own, while culling out others.  The arboretum is now home to approximately 175 varieties of trees and other plants, some rare.  There is a creek and paths meandering throughout and it is a joy to wander through this vibrant forest.  It is a perfect place for exploration, renewal, or a retreat.