Conifer Garden


The Conifer Garden, the first garden in the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, was installed in 1979. It features a wide variety of dwarf conifers. The display includes representatives from 3 families of conifers, the Cypress, Yew and Pine families. Plants include 14 different genera and show the wide variety of shapes, colors and textures of foliage available for the garden. Forms vary from upright to weeping to prostrate, and foliage colors from lime green and yellow to deep green and blue. Not all conifers are evergreen, and the garden also features a weeping Larch, one of the deciduous conifers. The gardens original plants were donated by WSNLA and additions to the collection continue to be donated by landscape and nursery professionals. Arboretum member, Emile Van den Akker is the current ‘conifer guru’ and ensures that the collection is attractive, interesting and representative of a wide variety of conifers for the garden.
  • Upright form and gold-tinted foliage shown by Golden Hinoki Cypress, Chamaecyparis obtuse 'Gracilis Aurea'. Merrilee Moore's sculpture, 'Clarity' appears in the background.
  • Low, weeping form and blue-tinted foliage shown by Cedrus deodara 'Feeling Blue'
  • Bright gold needles on a compact dwarf white pine, Pinus parviflora 'Goldilocks'
  • Upright weeping form and silvery blue foliage shown by the weeping Siberian spruce, Picea omorika 'Pendula'
  • Spectacular cone structure and silver-backed foliage on the Silver Korean Fir, Abies koriana 'Silbrlocke'
  • Graceful blue weeping form of European Weeping Larch, Larix decidua 'Pendula', a deciduous conifer that loses its needles in winter
  • Sculpture by Shirley Erickson, 'Circle of Life', set among a variety of conifers in the Conifer Garden.

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