Urban Arboretum

When Herbert and Linda Hall bequeathed their estate for the purpose of establishing a public library, it was their wish that the grounds on which their former home stood be appropriately preserved and maintained so “that the surrounding trees and grass shall add beauty and dignity” to the Library. Working with noted Kansas City landscape architects, Hare and Hare, the Halls introduced a variety of trees that were not native to the Midwest.

Tree acquisition has been centered around obtaining unusual and underutilized trees that are adapted to the local environment. Careful selection and meticulous cultivation of plantings through the years has 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 48 genera and 130 species. Highlights of the Arboretum include The Peony Gardens, which are located on the Northeast side of the grounds, and the 12 Champion Trees.

The grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk. Pets on a leash are always welcome, yet we ask that pet owners come prepared to clean up after their visit. To maintain the integrity of the grounds, we do not allow picnics or the placing of chairs/hammocks. The Arboretum is maintained to the highest of standards and your help in maintaining its cleanliness is greatly appreciated.

We’d like to extend a special Thank You to those patrons who have enhanced our grounds with generous donations. If you are interested in donating in support of the Arboretum of The Linda Hall Library, please contact Patty Bowen, Director of Development at 816.926.8727 or email development@lindahall.org

Map of the Arboretum

Coordinates for all the trees in the arboretum were determined using GPS technology and loaded into ArcView mapping software to produce the map below. Point references on the map represent the location of individual trees on the Library’s grounds. Left-clicking on any point provides more detailed information and a photograph of the individual tree. The mapping project is made possible by generous support from the Westport Garden Club.

Self-Guided Tours

Explore the arboretum at your own pace on a free, self-guided tour. Two brochures are available to print in advance or view on your mobile device:


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