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Arboretum

Kew's Arboretum stretches over the majority of the Gardens' 121 leafy hectares (300 acres).

A freshly laid carpet of leaves in Kew's Arboretum

Kew's Arboretum in autumn

Design and layout

Kew's Arboretum holds a comprehensive collection of hardy trees, many of which are arranged in groups according to genera – meaning that trees that are related to each other are placed together for comparison and ease of research. However those in the northern area form mixed decorative plantings - this division reflects the historical development of the Gardens.

For management purposes, the Arboretum is divided into three areas. The North Arboretum includes the original 1759 botanic garden and amenity plantings, the West Arboretum includes the Lake, Bamboo Garden and Rhododendron Dell, and the South Arboretum contains Berberis Dell and Queen Charlotte's Cottage Grounds.

Kew's Arboretum team

Kew's Arboretum team is responsible for managing approximately 240 acres of the Gardens at Kew and all of the trees on site, including all tree planting. It takes care of the 14,000-strong botanical and ornamental collections, which represent more than 2,000 species and varieties.

Sward management and the management of the Arboretum Nursery also fall under the direction of the Arboretum team. You can learn more by following the Kew Arboretum team's blog.