130+ TYPES OF TREES (300 TOTAL!)
GREAT FOR STUDENT LEAF COLLECTIONS
CLASSROOM EXHIBITS AND TALKS GIVEN!
There is no charge to take a tour of the arboretum. At this time a tour is all we offer, along with minimal consultation on planting advice, tree history and silvics.
Donations are not being accepted as of yet. The arboretum is fully funded by the owners at this time.
About the Founders
Randy Allen, the original owner and orchestrator of the arboretum is now a shared owner with his wife Carolyn Martin Allen.
Randy's "documented" history growing trees and bamboos goes back to the mid 1960's. Since 1966 his tree and bamboo background includes studying, writing papers, recording data, drawing illustrations, taking hundreds of photos, writing a book, planting hundreds of trees, cutting and pruning trees, 200,000 sq. ft. of privet hedge topiary/trimming, 4 years of college courses in the forestry major, dabling in landscape architecture, thousands of hours of landscaping work, studying & growing bamboos, utilizing bamboo for food and making hundreds of items such as flutes, furniture, necklaces, rings, fences, walking sticks, etc., & corresponding with the Smithsonian Institute in identifying bamboo species he has searched for and found growing across the state of Tennessee back in the 1970's. He was a member of the American Bamboo Society around its inception in 1979, and before that, from 1972 on, he was discussing and sharing findings with fellow growers in CA, AL, FL, GA, LA, TN, and Washington DC area. Randy is a Certified Arborist as determined by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Carolyn has had a moderate amount of experience with plants in her history, but has only in recent years become engrossed in the field of trees and bamboos. Her addition of the "Woman's Touch" to the arboretum in recent years has enhanced the flora and complimentary plant species, gradually, which in turn is helping to complete the arboretum toward a botanical garden affect. Carolyn has also been instrumental in the improvement and maintenance of the estate and grounds in recent years. She has aggressively sought out additional "unique" species of trees to add to the arboretum.