AAA Editor Notes
Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is within the Wilbur D. May Center; from US 395 go just w. on 8th St., then .7 mi. n. This site is located in a high desert environment with a harsh climate: annual rainfall of only 7 inches, a short growing season that lasts less than 120 days and daily temperatures that can fluctuate 40 degrees or more. Vegetation therefore must be adaptable in order to survive.
Among the native trees you'll see (all are marked with informational plaques) are Ponderosa, lodgepole and Rocky Mountain bristlecone pines; incense cedar, whose wood is used to make pencils; and the northern catalpa, which produces long, narrow seed capsules sometimes referred to as Indian cigars. The Weeping Siberian pea shrub (#14), as odd looking as its name, is covered with yellow flowers in May.
Theme gardens represent plant habitats from around the world and include a songbird garden, a xeriscape garden featuring drought-resistant plants, a rock garden and a rose garden.
Guided tours are available by advance reservation for a fee.
Guided tours are available.