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June 22, 2014

Plans to further develop Deming holly arboratum

The Friends of The Arboretum board of directors is looking to take the next step in developing the Clark/Landsbaum Holly Arboretum at Deming Park in Terre Haute.

To further encourage local residents and tourists to engage with the arboretum the board plans to create more of an informative entrance along with a pedestrian trail throughout the arboretum.

FOTA recently received a $1,001 Environmental Grant from Duke Energy Foundation for a Clark/Landsbaum Holly Arboretum entrance way project. The project will include a formal welcome sign that will have a map of the arboretum, its history and general information about hollies. In order to provide greater accessibility, a decorative ADA compliant concrete path will be installed to connect the existing patio to the trail/road.

In addition to the grant from Duke Energy Foundation, FOTA has received a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart. This money will get the ball rolling, but the board still seeks contributions to help fund the $10,000 project. Contributions of $1,000 or more will receive recognition in press releases and their name/logo on FOTA website and the welcome sign at the entrance to the arboretum.

The arboretum is the first visible marker for all visitors who drive, run, walk around Deming Park. What passerbys may not realize is there are only 18 official holly arboretums in the United States and 21 in the world. The Clark-Landsbaum Deming Park Holly Arboretum is the only one in a public park. All others are either connected with a university or a private organization.

The Holly Arboretum has been a place of beauty and relaxation, a garden for study, education and a tourist destination. Holly lovers from all over the world and country have made a stop in Terre Haute to admire the beauty of the arboretum. It has grown from the six hollies planted in 1992 to more than 400 different hollies, 11 species and 150 or more cultivars of holly. Some hollies are now 30 to 40 feet tall.

FOTA also has planted more than 100 hollies throughout the community, outside of Deming Park.

The Clark/Landsbaum Holly Arboretum has been recognized by the Holly Society of America as one of its official arboretums. For more information about supporting the local arboretum contact Carla Artis at 812-235-2723 or email Also, visit

Those interested in learning more about Friends of The Arboretum can join the organization. There are no member fees. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Torner Center at Deming Park. Each meeting has an education component about hollies.

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