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Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 100 or email

Do you charge admission?

The Arboretum is proud to offer member-supported free admission.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Leashed dogs are welcome anytime. Click here for pet protocol on Arboretum grounds, and please remember to use the cans at the entrance to the East Bridge and behind the Visitor's Center to clean up after your pet.

Does the Arboretum sell plants?

The Arboretum offers the largest selection of ornamental native plants for the Chesapeake Gardener. Native plant sales are held semiannually and are conducted via online orders and timed, scheduled pickups. Ordering begins in March for the spring sale and in July for the fall sale. 

Can I drive around the Arboretum?

There are five miles of walking/biking paths on the Arboretum's 400-acre site. A map is available at the Visitor's Center. Cars are not permitted beyond the Arboretum's parking areas.

Is the Arboretum part of Tuckahoe State Park?

The Arboretum is adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park, a 4,000-acre park in Caroline County, MD. The Arboretum receives no state funding for operating expenses and is managed by a private not-for-profit organization.

How do I register for programs and events?

The Arboretum offers guided walks, adult programs, children's programs, and seasonal community events. You may register for these programs by clicking on the Program & Events Calendar or by calling the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 100.

May I schedule a photo shoot at the Arboretum?

Click here for our Photography Policy.

Can I ride my bike?

Yes. Most of the Arboretum paths are ideal for bikers of all ages and connect to Tuckahoe State Park's trail system.

May I bring my cross country skis if it snows?

Yes. The Arboretum's five miles of paths are great for skiing!

Are the paths wheelchair accessible?

Most of the paths are accessible. Special arrangements may also be made to assist in escorting visitors with special needs. Please call in advance. 

Are there any job openings?

The Arboretum is a growing organization with a small staff. You may inquire about current openings by telephone or email. You may mail or email a resume specifying the type of position that interests you. 

Are gift cards available?

Gift cards may be purchased by telephone or in person at the Visitor's Center.

Are there ticks on your paths?

Yes, there are ticks. Insect repellent is recommended, and visitors are strongly encouraged to stay on the paths. 

Is there poison ivy at the Arboretum?

Yes. Visitors are encouraged to stay on the paths to avoid poison ivy.

Can I rent your facilities?

See here for information on renting the Arboretum's Visitor's Center and Pavilion.

Can I ride my horse?

Horses are not permitted in the Arboretum, but there is an equestrian center within Tuckahoe State Park. Horses are permitted on some paths in the state park.

Drone photo courtesy of Ryder Cario