Herbaceous plants New England

New England’s Arboretums

Preserving our Natural Heritage

Arboretums are not just places that contains trees, shrubs and vines for the purpose of study and preservation, but they offer magnificent viewing and learning opportunities for the very young to the experienced horticulturist.

Arboretums traditionally differ from botanical gardens in that the latter grow herbaceous plants (which die back to ground level each year and then resurface in the spring). Theoretically, arboreta grow woody plants exclusively but in actuality, some Arboreta grow herbaceous plants too, blurring the distinction.

Each New England state has at least one arboretum, with the exception of Vermont, although it does have botanical gardens.


Connecticut College Arboretum, founded in 1931, comprises 750 acres and is located on the campus of Connecticut College in the towns of New London and Waterford, CT. It contains several collections including an outstanding collection of native azaleas and rhododendron.

A Twelve-spotted-Skimmer. Arboretum's provided much needed habitat for indigenous species
BY & COPYRIGHT: Vile Arboretum

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT is ninety-one acres of parkland, gardens, landscapes, and hiking trails, that focus on the regional plants and the local ecology. Founded in 1913 by Dr. Francis Bartlett, it contains several different collections including a collection of conifers and a nut tree grove.

A fascinating park with one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, and early Jurassic fossil tracks in sandstone from about 200 million years ago. The arboretum’s goal is to grow as many Mesozoic Era plant families as possible on the site.


Viles Arboretum is located on 224 acres of land in Augusta, ME and has over two dozen plant and tree collections including an extensive lilac and hosta collection. It was founded in 1981 by the Maine Forest Service.

Fay Hyland Arboretum is a ten acre arboretum and botanical gardens located on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono. The arboretum was established in 1934 and stretches along the picturesque Stillwater River.

University of Southern Maine Arboretum is located on the campus of the University of Southern Maine, and encompasses a growing collection of more than 110 shade and ornamental trees as well as a Rhododendron Garden.

Annual catalogue of fruit and hardy ornamental trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, &c. cultivated and for sale at the nursery of William Kenrick, in Newton, near Boston : 1832
Book (New England Farmer OfficeI.R. Butts, printer)

Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...

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