Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Explore the glorious grounds of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, considered one of the most plant-diverse areas in northern Nevada. Located less than 10 minutes from downtown Reno inside Rancho San Rafael Park, this 13-acre oasis is home to more than 4,600 native and adaptive plants, 1,700 trees, and nearly 55 different bird species.
Lush, winding paths lead you to 94 (!) small gardens, groves, and water features. Take a contemplative stroll through the Labyrinth Garden, or walk through wetlands on your way along Evans Creek or Herman’s Pond. The Songbird Garden is aptly named, while the Rose Garden delights with heritage roses, hybrid teas, and climbing roses. With too many unique settings to name—and new gardens on the way—one visit won’t be enough to experience everything the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden has to offer.
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May Arboretum Events
The May Arboretum hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Lavendar Day is the second Saturday in July, celebrating all things lavender with plants, wreaths, bath and body goods, candles, and more. The fun continues with the Picnic in the Park Music Series, featuring local and regional bands as well as the Reno Jazz Orchestra and Reno Pops Orchestra. Classes, workshops, and more special events round out the calendar, so check back often.
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM during the spring and summer, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the fall (day after Labor Day to fall time change), and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the winter (fall time change to spring time change).
Admission to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is free. Consider becoming a May Arboretum Society member for exclusive benefits.