The Webster Arboretum is a 40 acre community park within Kent Park, a town park of Webster. It is composed of walking trails, special plant collections and specimen trees and conifers. It has the unique distinction of being a popular spot for weddings and photo sessions and yet the Arboretum remains that “hidden gem” to many in the Rochester area.
Maintaining such a large botanical garden presents a continuing number of natural challenges. Gardens need to be weeded and pruned. If nature is not kind, everything needs water. The Arboretum is blessed with the help of a number of volunteers who do that weeding, pruning and watering. If you think you might enjoy wanting to help in this manner, please visit our website and sign up to become a volunteer.
Overseeing the park is a volunteer board of directors who care for the existing gardens and also create new ones. This year, the board began an ambitious plan to add something very new to the park. Together with local poet Ron Friedman, there is a plan to create a poetry trail that will meander among the specialty gardens and the walking trails. The vision is to embrace local poets willing to share their art with the community, preserved in stone and wood. The vision for the future includes also holding poetry workshops and reading events. We hope to begin in 2024.
While we look for collaboration from other local groups, none of this will be possible without your support. If you have never visited the arboretum, the most descriptive word for the park is serene. The addition of poetry will only enhance that experience. Please consider being part of this wonderful addition. If you have never visited our ‘hidden gem’, please come! You will be glad you found us!
We focus on: The Environment, Education
Where we are: Monroe, Wayne
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