Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
A majestic arboretum and gardens surrounding the new boutique hotel at Darden will aim to bolster health and wellness and create outdoor collaboration areas for the Darden and UVA community.
Once complete, the arboretum and botanical gardens will inspire as unparalleled spaces that enhance the overall educational experience for students, faculty, alumni, guests and the entire community.
Creating Connections That Enhance the Darden Experience
The arboretum and botanical gardens will be home to a variety of thematic gardens featuring styles and plants from around the world. Additional features will include a pond, a restored stream and a variety of walking trails. The arboretum will connect to the Rivanna Trail, further joining North Grounds to the broader community. Darden invites you to explore the many images and renderings on this page that showcase what this beautiful new addition to Grounds will look like upon completion in 2023.
The spaces will enable a variety of activities, including:
- Outdoor meetings
- Quiet contemplation
- Outdoor experiences and events for members of the Darden community and hotel guests
- Opportunities for lifelong learning
“ The renewal of these spaces will catapult the experience we offer to the next level and truly make Darden an oasis for lifelong learning like no other. ”
Plant a Tree at Darden
More than 1,300 trees will be planted in the five-acre arboretum and botanical gardens surrounding the new UVA Darden boutique hotel. You can name a tree — or trees — with a gift of $10,000 per tree to support the new Arboretum Establishment and Sustainability Fund.
|Arboretum and Botanical Gardens||
|Arboretum – RESERVED|
|Botanical Gardens||$5 million|
|Belvedere Fountain – RESERVED|
|Conference Event Lawn||$1 million|
|Belvedere Terrace – RESERVED|
|Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater – RESERVED|
|Witch Hazel Council Ring||$250,000|
|Smith Alumni Gateway||$1 million|
|Arrival Gardens, Allées and Upper Grounds Entrances||$750,000|
|Duffy Gateway and Promenade||$500,000|
|Law School Entrance Esplanade||$500,000|
|Nash Law Gateway||$250,000|
|Benches (50) – 8 RESERVED||$10,000 each|
|Varietal Thematic Gardens|
|Japanese Garden – RESERVED|
|Chinese Garden – RESERVED|
|International Edibles Garden||$250,000|
|Prehistoric Plants Garden||$250,000|
|Thomas Jefferson Garden – RESERVED|
|Walks and Trails|
|Bridge Canopy Walk – RESERVED|
|Lower Arboretum Trails||$500,000|
|Lower Foot Bridge||$250,000|
|Upper Arboretum Trails||$250,000|
|Upper Foot Bridge – RESERVED|
|Spring Ephemeral Walk||$150,000|
|Wooden Bridges (10 Available)||$10,000 each|
|Woodlands and Clearings|
|Azalea, Kalmia and Rhododendron Knoll||$250,000|
|Pinetum and Redbud Glen||$250,000|
|Tulip Poplar Thicket||$150,000|
*All naming and naming levels subject to UVA approval
For more information on the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, please contact Interim Vice President for Advancement Samantha Hartog at [email protected] or +1-434-982-2151.
Be a part of Darden’s fulcrum moment.