Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a dog free public garden, is a 13 acre living museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species. Located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, the garden has an average annual precipitation of 7 inches and a short growing season of less than 120 days. At an elevation of 4,600 feet, the gardens' daily temperatures can fluctuate 50 degrees or more in a day! Only a few plants can survive these conditions without additional care and maintenance.
The Arboretum's primary purpose is education, research, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and native plants grow in a high desert environment. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a
ARBORETEM GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS!
Labyrinth Garden upgrade was completed as well as the first phase of our four phase fencing project this past winter thanks to a generous donation from the May Foundation. The primary purpose of the fencing project is to protect, preserve and conserve the plant collection and gardens for future generations. Final phases of the fencing project will be completed when funds are available. The Arboretum will remain open and free to the public, and gates will remain open during regular park hours.
HOURS: Opens during regular park hours year round.
COST: FREE! There is no entrance fee.