John F. Kennedy Arboretum

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Address and contact details
New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)51 388171
Fax: 353 (0)51 388172
Latitude: 52° 19' 0" N
Longitude: 6° 56' 0" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1968
Ownership:Office of Public Works
Garden code:JFKA
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, International Phenological Garden Network
Director: Christopher Kelly
Curator: Geoffrey Michael
Contact person: Christopher Kelly
Total Staff:23
Collections:To contain a comprehensive collection of trees and shrubs capable of growing in our climate; a final content of 5000 - 6000 taxa is envisaged. Priority is given to species and natural varieties of wild origin, with interesting cultivars represented where space permits.
Physical environment
Altitude:36-190 m
Soil type:Loam, acid
Total area:252 ha
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9.6 °C
Av. monthly max:12.8 °C
Av. monthly min:6.4 °C
Absolute maximum:29.4 °C (1983)
Absolute minimum:-8.4 °C (1979)
Direction:South & west
Average annual:1004 mm
Month of maximum:January
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Middle Europe, Caucasus, Eastern Asia, Australia, Northwestern USA, Western South America
Special families within the collections:
Aceraceae, Aquifoliaceae, Berberidaceae, Betulaceae, Cupressaceae, Ericaceae, Fagaceae, Gramineae, Myrtaceae, Oleaceae, Pinaceae, Rosaceae, Tiliaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Abies, Acer, Azalea, Berberis, Betula, Chamaecyparis, Cotoneaster, Cupressocyparis, Cupressus, Eucalyptus, Fagus, Fraxinus, Ilex, Picea, Pinus, Prunus, Quercus, Rhododendron, Sorbus, Tilia
Record Keeping:Kept since 1968
Record System:Open Access 2
Phenological records:International Phenological Garden since 1964
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Library:450 items, dictionaries of gardening, floras, performance of Trees & Shrubs,
Research facilities:No
Publications:Guide book, trail guide, Index seminum
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Potential for primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, and public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Café, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:90,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm winter, to 6.30pm April & Sep, to 8pm summer
Guiding principles behind the collection
The arboretum aims to cultivate as many species and varieties of trees and shrubs as possible, with cultivars included where space permits.
Location map

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