Deerfield Beach Arboretum
The Deerfield Beach Arboretum, also known as the Tree Zoo, is an arboretum and botanical garden located at 2841 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA. It covers 9 acres (3.6 ha). The Arboretum contains more than 200 different species of trees and palms from around the world, with more than 50 different species of flowering trees.
The Arboretum was founded by Zeke Landis in 1995 with a selection of 22 trees and palms, and has since grown to 325 species (excluding native) of palms, tropical fruit trees, exotic flowering and canopy trees, bamboos, and miscellaneous exotic trees. Arboretum areas currently include: Bamboo, Butterfly garden, Children's Garden, Exotic canopy trees, Flowering trees, Native canopy trees, Orchid Display, Palm trees, Spice and Herb Garden, Tropical fruit trees, and a Wetlands demonstration area.
The plant collection is varied and extensive. Some of the plants at the arboretum include:
- Acacia auriculiformis
- Acer rubrum
- Acoelorrahaphe wrightii
- African Tulip
- Aiphanes lindeniana
- Albizia lebbeck
- Annona glabra
The garden sustained heavy damages from Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Many trees were lost and damaged by heavy winds, rain, and by heavy equipment during the clean-up process. The Arboretum was closed for repairs for a period of five months.
The Arboretum is currently maintained by the Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum which hosts a workday every first Saturday of the month.There are tours every Friday at 10:00am and the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am.The Arboretum is currently open from dawn to dusk.
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