Donald E. Davis Arboretum

Donald E. Davis Arboretum
181 Garden Drive
Auburn, AL 36830

Davis Arboretum is located on the Auburn University Campus on the corner of College Street and Garden Drive.

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The Donald E. Davis Arboretum is a 13.5 acre botanic garden facility located in the heart of Auburn. Supported by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, it provides visitors with a place to enjoy a natural setting and experience the native plants and habitats of Alabama. The Arboretum, one of the oldest in the SEC, functions as a plant museum and has at its core a living collection of scientifically ordered plants with provenance documentation. It functions as an outdoor classroom for university classes, local schools and community groups.

The facility offers engaging events throughout the year including:

  • Auburn’s Azalea Festival
  • Red, White and Blueberry Bash
  • Annual photo contest
  • Fright Night Fridays
  • Bones and Boos: An Outdoor Skeleton Exhibit
  • Plant sales in both the spring and fall

The primary purposes are those of conservation, education, and research all of which support the mission of Auburn University. The Arboretum also uniquely works to protect the campus’ natural resource areas, which fulfills the sustainability objectives articulated in the University Strategic Plan and Master Plan.

The primary mission of the Davis Arboretum is: to display and preserve living plant collections and native southeastern plant communities; to inspire an understanding of the natural world and our connection to it; and to promote education, research, conservation, and outreach.?


The Arboretum is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. There is no charge for admission. Restrooms are located on the east side of the pavilion.


Parking is available near the entrances on three sides: Along Lem Morrison and the Poultry Science parking lot, along Garden Drive and in the Arboretum parking lot off Garden Drive. During the week you must have an Auburn University parking hangtag or a visitor permit from the AU Parking Service to use these spaces. Weekends and holidays parking passes are not required.