The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center plantings have become a creation all their own. Designed to provide waves of color throughout the season and an explosion of color, they also invite visitors to explore the one hundred acres of The Arboretum. Beds around the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center are planted with thousands of spring blooming bulbs, followed by a riot of summer annuals blending with trees, shrubs, and perennials.

The ‘big show’ starts in March with daffodils and other bulbs paired with pansy, violas, lettuce, kale, and Swiss chard. As the season progresses through the peak of summer bloom, brightly colored zinnias, marigolds, daylilies, and multicolored sweet potato vines appear, and the show continues through the fall until mid-November with salvias, asters, goldenrod, and ornamental grasses.

Our displays change throughout the seasons, so be sure to come often to see what’s new!