Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Discussion, collaboration and enlightenment were part of the founding vision of the Academical Village, UVA’s original Grounds, to cultivate an environment in which students and faculty could live and learn from one another. Now, as the School elevates its learning spaces to new levels to rival peer business schools, Darden is taking the lead to ensure those ideals are exemplified on North Grounds.

A five-acre arboretum will serve as the centerpiece of a green space designed to create outdoor collaboration and study areas for the Darden and UVA community. This new space will provide contemplative spaces to:

  • Increase health and wellness
  • Provide outdoor meeting spaces
  • Dramatically improve the experience of our guests
  • Increase opportunities for lifelong learning

Creating Connections That Enhance the Darden Experience

Connecting the School, UVA School of Law, and the new inn and conference center, the arboretum and adjoining botanical gardens will reflect the global nature of the Darden School. Plants, shrubs and trees will be sourced from various parts of the world. Through signs providing information about the plant life and its origins, the gardens will provide additional educational opportunities about nature and sustainability and enhance global understanding. The gardens will advance the founding vision for the living learning community of UVA Grounds, as early plans for the University included a botanical garden near the historic Lawn that was never realized.

Once complete, the arboretum will serve to inspire within an unparalleled space that enhances the overall educational experience for students, faculty, alumni, guests and the entire community.

Scott Beardsley

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.

Scott Beardsley
Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration
Featured Spaces
Additional Spaces
Naming Opportunities
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Featured Spaces
Arboretum – RESERVED $5 million
Botanical Gardens $5 million
Aquatic Oases
Pond $1.5 million
Belvedere Fountain – RESERVED $500,000
Restored Stream $500,000
Communal Spaces
Conference Event Lawn $1 million
Belvedere Terrace – RESERVED $750,000
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater – RESERVED $500,000
Witch Hazel Council Ring $250,000
Arrival Points
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) – 5 RESERVED $10,000 each
Bricks at Key Gathering Points (500) $5,000 each
Varietal Thematic Gardens
Japanese Garden – RESERVED $500,000
Chinese Garden – RESERVED $250,000
International Edibles Garden $250,000
International Garden $250,000
L'Orangerie Garden $250,000
Magnolia Garden $250,000
Prehistoric Plants Garden $250,000
Riparian Garden $250,000
Spicebush Bramble $250,000
Thomas Jefferson Garden – RESERVED $250,000
Viburnum Garden $250,000
Wetland Garden $250,000
Walks and Trails
Bridge Canopy Walk – RESERVED $500,000
Lower Arboretum Trails $500,000
Upper Arboretum Trails $250,000
Lower Foot Bridge $250,000
Upper Foot Bridge – RESERVED $250,000
Spring Ephemeral Walk $150,000
Woodlands and Clearings
Azalea, Kalmia and Rhododendron Knoll $250,000
Fern Glade $250,000
Sassafras Hill $250,000
Pinetum and Redbud Glen $250,000
Beech Grove $150,000
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.