ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS
Since the Aboretum’s creation, tree acquistion has been centered on obtaining unusual and underutilized trees that are adapted to the local environment. Careful selection and meticulous cultivation of plantings through the years have yielded an urban green space that is recognized as one of the Library’s most distinctive features. Today the 14-acre grounds surrounding the Library are home to some 300 trees representing 38 genera and 130 species. Highlights of the Arboretum include the Peony Gardens, which are located on the northeast side of the grounds, and the 11 Kansas City Champion Trees.