Pine Hollow Arboretum

Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands NY

Decided to visit the Pine Hollow Arboretum after reading about it on All Over Albany. Such a bizarre little undiscovered gem, right along the side of a four-lane road in the middle of suburbia.

Here’s how it works: you turn onto a narrow, unassuming street and then get confused about where to park, so you parallel park in front of someone’s mailbox. You follow the sign that says “entrance” to what looks like an ordinary home and are greeted by the very kind and very patient wife of John Abbuhl, the man who has been cultivating the twenty-five acres for the last 45 years. Then you walk out the back door into a biological wonderland.

It’s seriously impressive. Paths lead everywhere and sometimes not really anywhere, just about every plant is labeled, and even getting lost is interesting. They seem to be particularly proud of their four Metasequoia specimens, which is understandable because it’s an interesting tree. The genus was disovered as a fossil first, and only later was the sole surving species (Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the Dawn Redwood) discovered in China. Seeds have been distributed to only a handful of organizations, and just over 5,000 exist in the wild — it’s classified as critically endangered. Thanks, Wikipedia!.

Great place to spend an afternoon. Go there.

sebastien.b and Mikey Roach have more shots. And don’t forget to check out the prints I’m offering in return for donations to Audubon NY!

Metasequoia, Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands NY Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands NY
Jack in the Pulpit, Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands NY Tricolor Beech, Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands NY

One thought on “Pine Hollow Arboretum

  1. Keet

    Nice Shots B and Seb! This place is perfect for a little day excursion or a picnic – but be prepared to encounter poison ivy.
    Also, they are having a Plein Air event Sat. June 5th and Sat. June 12th between 10 AM and 4 PM where you you register and then go and do some outdoor art which I think you can then display in a gallery event there later on. It looked fun! There should be more details somewhere on their website link above.

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