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Arboretum Grounds Services: To create a natural environment where the public can enjoy an interactive garden that welcomes them to the ASU community. Arboretum Community Volunteers : Our mission as Arboretum Community Volunteers is to improve, maintain and harvest the ASU Arboretum gardens and support green initiatives and sustainable grounds keeping practices.
The Arboretum at ASU serves the people of Arizona by providing access to information and experiences with plants in the setting of an educational public garden. It has an extensive date palm collection of over 400 specimens and 56 cultivars recognized by the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Association of Botanical Gardens. The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) officially recognized this collection as the principle public garden collection of date palms in North America. Included on the main campus is the conifer collection, citrus collection, tropical plant displays, native plant and cactus, roses, the Desert Arboretum Park, Zen Garden, Herb Garden, and Computer Garden.
The Arboretum/Grounds Services is in the process of changing its traditional methods and equipment of grounds keeping. Many common tasks have been scrutinized for energy efficiency and environmental concerns and new sustainable solutions have been proposed and implemented.