Nature, Beauty and Soul

The vision of the Longview Arboretum & Nature Center is to provide an ecologically sustainable city park that reflects the character of Longview and fosters interaction between the landscape and its visitors.

What is going at the gardens?

Currently, the arboretum is in its organic state, with initial dirt work accomplished to allow for rain collection and the lake's future cultivation. Additional grass and seed work is planned for January of 2018. Construction documents have been prepared and, in time, contractors will be selected to begin work on the formal gardens, trails, bridges, and pavilion at lakeside.  Important to the future of the Longview Arboretum will be the building and grounds purchased at 706 W. Cotton Street. This structure, to be remodeled as the Longview Arboretum Visitor Center, is scheduled to begin it's renovation the same time as the gardens are cultivated. Working with the City of Longview, the Longview Arboretum Board looks forward to announcing a start date for the Arboretum construction, and anticipate the work on Phase 1 to take about a year's time.

What is the timeline for construction?

With huge thanks to the Gregg County Commissioner's Court, dirt work began in August of 2017, and a formal ground breaking for the Longview Arboretum was celebrated in September of 2017. Pending the necessary reviews and agreements with the City of Longview, construction of Phase 1 of the Longview Arboretum is set to begin in the winter of 2018. During the spring, contractors, gardeners, and designers will bring the master plans of Phase I to life. With nature's temperament fully in mind, the Board of the Longview Arboretum hopes to celebrate the garden's grand opening to the public, a year's time after construction begins. Fundraising efforts continue so that not only can more details in the Arboretum be accomplished during this first phase, but also so that the Visitor's Center at 706 W. Cotton Street can also become an active part of the Arboretum experience.

Will it be open for events/rentals after Phase I?

After the completion of Phase 1 the public will be allowed to walk, enjoy, and relax in the completed areas. The City of Longview will publish guidelines for use, rentals, and park hours.

How do I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities abound with the completion of Phase 1. Please contact this site, or visit Gregg County Master Gardeners, of the City of Longview Parks and Recreation department to list your contact information for future opportunities.

What's Going On!

A children's book, written with the Longview Arboretum in mind, debuted October, 2017. "Rupert Walks Home" is the story of young raccoon who discovers the beauty of the woods --a garden of goodness--and meets new friends as he takes his first walk home from school, by himself.

Available through a message on the contact form of the website, and all sales benefit the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center. $12.99 each