The Arboretum is a six acre parcel of Amherst Conservation land, adjacent to Applewood’s front entrance, and looks out over the Holyoke Mountain Range.
It was purchased and donated to Amherst by Applewood residents and several Amherst Community members in 1994. Al Guest, a founding member of the Applewood Community and one of the first persons to move into Applewood led the charge to buy the land. Twenty five other members of the Community donated to this cause. Once the land was donated several Applewood residents became involved in the landscape design and purchase of plants and trees.
Key among them were Elaine Buller, Alice Mertz and Bob Gage. Since that time, the Arboretum has grown to more than 130 trees and shrubs covering over 75 species. Many of them were donations from residents and their families in memory of those passed on from Applewood. To this day, several Applewood residents who participate in the Garden Committee and Arboretum Committee remain involved in the care and upkeep of this property along with the Amherst Conservation Department.
Anne Cann, is head of the Arboretum Committee and has been for seven years. She and her committee work tirelessly to make people aware of the various plants and trees in this picturesque setting by showcasing a different tree or plant every month. They are constantly working on ways to keep folks aware that this beautiful property is available to them for a short stroll or relaxing on one of the benches donated in memory of a passed Applewood friend. This gorgeous area has also been captured by many artists who have painted this landscape over the past 20 years.
Currently, the committee is taking donations to expand the walkway in the Arboretum to accommodate more handicap access and walking traffic so more people can enjoy this exquisite setting.
About The Loomis Communities:
The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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