The Community Arboretum is a two-acre educational garden located on the campus of Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia. Eleven separate gardens and plant collections surround a centrally located amphitheater and are home to approximately 700 labeled plant taxa. The garden collections include a Children’s Garden with a plant maze and plant zoo. Our newest addition, the City Garden, includes sustainable features such as rainwater collection systems and drip irrigation. The Arboretum is also an official site for an All-America Selections Display Garden.
For more information, please contact Clark BeCraft at 540-857-6388.
The Community Arboretum is available for rent! For more info about renting, click here.
For directions, please refer to our Visit VWCC page.
2022 Plant Sales
- December 1: Friends Only Pre-Sale; Times announced in Fall Newsletter to be mailed out mid-October.
Public Sale Dates:
- December 2 3 PM – 6 PM
- December 3 10 AM – 1 PM
Sales take place in the Virginia Western Greenhouse and Natural Science Center.
Plant Sale Guidelines & Protocol:
Please visit the Arboretum Facebook page or call us at 540-857-6388 for updates on any cancellations or postponement due to weather or COVID-19 regulations on campus.
The arboretum is open to the public from sun up to sun down. Stop by this growing season to enjoy the beauty of the gardens.
Free Movie Saturdays
Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and join us on the lawn in the amphitheater section of the Community Arboretum for fun, family friendly evenings. Popcorn, snacks, and soda available for purchase. Movies start at dusk!
April 22, 2023: The Lorax
Follow us on Facebook for event updates. Insect repellent is recommended for July and September showings.
Donations are accepted and will help us to continue to Grow the Community Arboretum.
This event is made possible by an Innovation Grant from the Virginia Western Educational Foundation.
National Garden Bureau’s 2022 Year of the Plant Selections featured at the Arboretum:
Palooza in the Park
Visit us at Palooza in the Park in Fincastle, VA during the Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week.
Four Seasons in the Arboretum
Stay tuned for updates on a fall event.
All-America Selections Display Garden
Visit the Arboretum this growing season to tour the All-America Selections (AAS) display garden below the City Garden Deck. This year AAS winners will be planted in all of the annual displays within the arboretum. The theme of the annual displays for 2022 is “Games in the Garden”, a representation of enjoying the great outdoors. Visit www.all-americaselections.org for more information.
The Gazebo Project Campaign
A five-year effort to replace the Community Arboretum’s gazebo and replace it with one to last for the ages came to a beautiful close on Sept. 23, 2022. The new gazebo was dedicated at a garden party accompanied by a few afternoon sprinkles and a Roanoke Symphony duet. Arboretum volunteers, donors and Virginia Western leadership gathered to share the history of the gazebo and praise the Educational Foundation fundraising campaign that made it possible. Over the past five years, individuals, families and organizations have bought inscribed pavers to be laid as the surface floor of the structure. With the completion of the gazebo, it can return to its place as a community asset for both quiet moments of reflection and a gathering place where memories are made.
Help us “raise the roof” with your purchase of commemorative pavers.
Inscribed pavers are still available!
Engraved pavers may be placed with the following contributions:
- $1,000, 8×8 placed in the floor under the roof of the gazebo. Includes Souvenir mini-brick and a Certificate of Authenticity.
- $500, 4×8 placed in the floor under the roof of the gazebo. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
- $250, 4×8 placed in the floor under the roof of the gazebo.
- $150, 4×8 placed in the walkway around the outside of the gazebo.
CLICK HERE to donate to the Arboretum and make your contribution today, OR
You may use this form and send a check made out to the Virginia Western Educational Foundation with Gazebo Project in the memo line.
Virginia Western Educational Foundation
3093 Colonial Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Please include text to be placed on paver with your check (Maximum of 20 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. Maximum 6 lines per 8×8 paver and 3 lines per 4×8 paver.)
Text will be engraved in all capital letters and will be centered on the paver.
The Community Arboretum reserves the right to review and approve all inscriptions and to deny inscriptions that are deemed to be inappropriate.
Paver Reservation Form (PDF)
Friends of the Arboretum
Help keep our programs – and plants – alive and growing!
By supporting the Friends of the Arboretum program, you are directly supporting our day-to-day operations, projects and community outreach. You may choose to support the Annual Operating Fund, the Gazebo Project, and the Community Arboretum Endowment Fund.
Friends at the Individual and Family/Dual Level are entitled to the following benefits:
- Seasonal Newsletter
- Discounts on seminars, workshops and special events
- Garden tours to East Coast destinations at a special Friends rate
- Friends-only designated times during plant sales
- Volunteer opportunities
Friends at the Sponsor Level are entitled to the following benefits:
- All of the above, plus
- A complimentary poinsettia and a spring flowering basket from our plant sales
Friends at the Patron Level are entitled to the following benefits:
- All of the above, plus
- Friends Contributor Card allowing reciprocal privileges at over 300 participating American Horticultural Society gardens
Friends at the Benefactor Level are entitled to the following benefits:
- All of the above, plus
- A complimentary 1-hour landscape consultation from a member of the Arboretum/Horticulture staff
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