The Webster Arboretum
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June 11, 2015, edition

Submitted by Marian Welter, Board Member

The Webster Arboretum at Kent Park marked its 25th Anniversary/Birthday on the weekend of May 30. The celebration kicked off with a founders’ reception on Friday, May 29. One of the guests in attendance was Ruth Stanton, widow of Webster Supervisor Adrian Stanton who was instrumental in the founding of the arboretum. In remarks, Mrs. Stanton shared that he would have been so proud to see what the arboretum has become and thanked the organizers for giving her the opportunity to attend the celebration.

On Saturday afternoon community members braved the heat and threat of thunderstorms to participate in a scavenger hunt through the arboretum, old fashioned games with the Webster Museum, bubbles and balloons with Flying Brian and Miss Understood, a duck race on the pond, and a 50/50 raffle. The day ended with guests enjoying music provided by the Webster Village Band in the main gazebo.

A cool and rainy Sunday greeted 12 participants of the Greater Rochester Disc Golf Club for an 11 hole tournament. The Webster Arboretum Board thanks the club for donating half of each entry fee to the Arboretum.

Upcoming events include a Family and Friends Night at the Arboretum on Monday, June 15, at 6:30 pm. The community is invited to come early and bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the grounds followed by helping to weed, trim, and neaten the gardens. Tools will be provided and members will be present to help guide the work. If you can’t make the June date, we are planning to repeat this event on July 20 and August 17.

We encourage people to visit the Arb in June to see the peonies and perennial gardens and to mark their calendars for the Annual Day Lily Sale to be held on July 11, which is also the time to see the day lily garden in full bloom!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Arb or volunteering to help keep this park looking great, please visit the website,

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"The Webster Arboretum is a place where people will visit a unique garden of natural beauty. The site is multi-use to include leisure, educational and cultural activities in a natural setting. It also enhances awareness of the value, beauty and need for protection of our botanical resources. Our goal is to create a park-like setting dedicated to quiet reflection, beauty, sight, smell and sounds of nature. We also aim at reflecting on the past, providing for the present and leaving a memorial and vision of the future. People of all ages will find something rewarding whether walking, listening to nature or a band, studying and observing nature or resting."

Elmer Smith
Town father and inspiration
for the Arboretum 1921-1996