Frances K. Smith Arboretum
From Basswood to Gingko there is an array of native and non-native species for you to discover!
Explore the Arboretum to learn about the specific trees that make our region unique and how people of the past and present rely on their many uses.
The arboretum is named for a great champion and former volunteer of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. Frances K. Smith was instrumental in the development of the Museum at this location. In particular, she rallied support for the construction of the exhibit building, dedicating hours of letter writing and organizing fundraising events.
Mrs. Smith held many positions on the Museum’s Board in the 1980s, and contributed in
innumerous ways. She heightened the Museum’s professionalism by introducing an acquisition policy and creating many artifact related forms. She also spent many hours inventorying the collection. After her term on the board ended, she continued volunteering for the Museum.
Frances spearheaded the Friends of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum group. In her first month she had recruited 14 members. By the end of the year she increased that number to 112 memberships. The support she engendered is still evident in the Museum’s membership three decades later.
Please enjoy our arboretum in recognition and appreciation of Frances K. Smith’s passionate support of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum.