The Conservation of the the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains was given a great boon in 1986 with the establishment of The North Carolina Arboretum. A long time in the making, this refuge for the thousands of plant species
unique to the region was first envisioned by the father of American landscape architecture, Fredrick Law Olmsted, over one hundred years ago. Today, his proud vision stands as a 434 acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest, working to foster education and research in the areas of botany, landscaping
, and the aesthetic beauty of Southern Appalachian plant life.