Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum
Take A Unique Natural Journey Through Atlanta’s Living Past, Present, and Future
The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is a dynamic natural space that offers a unique glimpse into the horticultural history of the city. This 22-mile long linear expanse can be enjoyed in many ways, but the most fulfilling experience is provided by the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour, guided by Trees Atlanta Docents.
The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will evolve into a twenty-two mile long horticultural collection. This one-of-a-kind linear expanse provides neighborhood connectivity along the Atlanta BeltLine, while showcasing unique natural characteristics within each community. Neighborhoods near the Arboretum will be identifiable by the surrounding trees, and visitors will be able to develop a better appreciate for the value of trees in an urban environment. The exact number of trees planted will depend on space available, but the conceptual plan proposes several thousand trees. The Arboretum will be built over the next two decades.
Experience the Atlanta BeltLine and the Wonder of its Arboretum
Enjoy fresh air, new city views, fascinating Atlanta history, and every season of horticulture interest! Register for an Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour and walk the Atlanta BeltLine with an expertly-trained Trees Atlanta Docent! These walking tours explore the Eastside Trail, focusing on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the Atlanta BeltLine. A walking tour of the Atlanta BeltLine is the best way to see the progress firsthand and be active at the same time! Come walk with us![/wpspoiler]
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Free Arboretum Walking Tours
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Don’t Just Take the Tour – Become a Trees Atlanta Docent!
Weekly tours and special interest tours are lead by volunteers who complete extensive training that includes courses on Trees Atlanta, history of the Atlanta BeltLine and the surrounding neighborhoods, along with horticultural information on the trees, plants, and grasses of the arboretum. Docents must complete training and commit to leading tours. Docents participate in regular group training and social events. To learn more about becoming a docent or registering for the next docent training course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for helping to make the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum docent program possible.
If Trees Could Sing
If Trees Could Sing is a Nature Conservancy program that brings together a diverse array of musical artists to talk about trees and their benefits for people. Check out their videos collected here. You can dig in deeper on each musical artist’s tree page to learn more about the featured tree species and about trees in general.
See the video below, courtesy of ArtsATL:
In spring & summer 2013, Trees Atlanta planted nearly 8 ½ acres of native grass and wildflower prairie along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Planted over the course of four months, the prairie now comprises more than 250,000 individual plants, in 43 different species of grasses and wildflowers!
This project is a restoration project, similar to the forest restoration projects Trees Atlanta does when planting trees. The area along the Eastside Trail was a damaged urban ecosystem, with lots of manmade disturbance, invasive plants, and poor topsoils; planting a native prairie contributes to ecological recovery.
Since the Eastside Trail is part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, this area will continue to be planted with grasses, flowers, and trees to create a much-needed source of habitat, food, and protection for birds, butterflies, bees, as well as bring a beautiful aesthetic to the area and create a unique sense of place.
In addition to creating natural habitat, the maintenance of prairies requires less fuel, water, and pesticides than traditional grass-covered areas. In years to come, similar prairies will appear along the entire Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, creating one connected corridor.
Our Forest Restoration coordinator Brian Williams led the effort to plant the prairie, assisted by Christina Gibson, as well as Trees Atlanta’s Urban Forestry Crew and Youth Tree Team, scores of volunteers, Adopt-the-BeltLine groups, corporate groups, community groups, and individuals all over Atlanta. Trees Atlanta even partnered with The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on a research component to this prairie.
A prairie fully establishes over the course of three years, and Trees Atlanta has developed signs to help visitors to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum understand how the prairie will grow: