Earth Day Clean-Up 2012

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers came out for Earth Day Clean-Up 2012 to clear the way for the Atlanta BeltLine Urban Farm in southwest Atlanta.

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Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum

Atlanta’s Tree-Mendous Arboretum

When fully realized, the Atlanta BeltLine will be an unprecedented 22-mile “arboretum” — an elaborately curated, city-scale mix of existing and cultivated tree species that is at once an urban forest, an ecological connector, a corridor for scientific research, and a collection of remarkable public spaces. The landscape design utilizes a framework of four layers: landform, floor and guideway, trail and transit, and canopy. The cumulative experience provides a plant-based cultural narrative of the city’s rich and diverse history.

Restoration Framework

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will be a large-scale reforestation of the corridor, with a focus on education. Trees Atlanta is building the 22-mile arboretum. The corridor is divided into five segments that are informed by ecological and cultural conditions:

  • Creek Restoration
  • Urban Forest Rehabilitation
  • Piedmont Upland Forest Rehabilitation
  • Neighborhood Woodland Rehabilitation
  • Industrial Reclamation

Different strategies for reforestation will be applied depending on the conditions and surroundings of the corridor. Distinct plant palettes will create coherent experiences for each segment. With this effort realized, the arboretum will enable Atlanta to fulfill the name of “City of Trees.”

Ten Acres of Nature

To date, Trees Atlanta has planted ten acres of native grass and wildflower prairie along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The initial planting included more than 109,000 individual plants and 43 different species of grasses and wildflowers. An expansion of the arboretum on the Westside Trail, currently under construction, will blend with hundreds of large, native trees and integrate more than 30 acres of inviting and usable new green space.

Education for All Ages

Part of the restoration of native species relies on the removal of invasive species. You can be part of the effort by signing up as part of Trees Atlanta’s Weeds & Wine program. These seasonal volunteers work with our Forest Restoration team to remove invasives (weeds) among the arboretum trees, native plants, and grasses. For Junior TreeKeepers, every day is a new adventure! First-through-sixth-graders can explore the outdoors with hands-on activities in environmental science, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, field trips to local attractions and more! High school and college students can also apply to be part of the Youth Tree Team, working to maintain the trees and plants along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The Team also participates in leadership and teambuilding activities, receives job skills training, learns financial management skills, and networks with green collar professionals.

Arboretum Art — 33 Oaks

Landis - 33 Oaks

Thanks to Trees Atlanta, the Eastside Trail has a new art installation that pays homage to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum program. The installation, “33 Oaks,” is a collection of stainless steel leaf sculptures representing 33 species of oaks native to Georgia. These art pieces are not only nice to look at; they also serve as an educational tool for the public’s understanding of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.

The sculptures were created by artist David Landis. Installation was commissioned by our friends at Trees Atlanta and will be a part of the continuing exhibition on the Atlanta BeltLine.


Register for an Atlanta BeltLine Walking Tour

We book Atlanta BeltLine tours one month at a time. The reservation system opens at 9 a.m. on the 15th of each month for the following month's tour dates.



The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Award

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, being planted and maintained by Trees Atlanta, is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants. An arboretum is a botanical garden focused on woody plants, which are grown for research, education and display.

If you enjoy taking in the natural beauty of the Atlanta BeltLine, you will love our high quality stone coaster set! This set of four, heavy duty stone coasters features full color images of nature scenes from around the Atlanta BeltLine. Get a set for yourself, and give another to a friend that will also appreciate the natural wonder of the Atlanta BeltLine. Buy a coaster set →
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