Planted by Nashville

A Betty & Martin Brown Tree Trail

680 Trees & Counting

Over 2 Miles of Trees


The Shelby Avenue Arboretum is a newly established arboretum in the heart of Nashville. Located in East Nashville neighborhood, the first tree for the project was planted in 2019. In 2020, East Nashville and other neighborhoods were decimated by an F3 Tornado followed by the global pandemic. Despite these challenges, over 270 trees were planted in 2020 by community volunteers following safe distancing and other pandemic protocols. This project now hosts over 680 trees with a vision to plant just over 1,000 trees in total. The vision of this project to connect people to nature in their everyday urban neighborhood experience. The trees planted in this project are interesting, some are unique, all are beautiful, and this project endeavors to inspire the next generation of naturalist, or at the very least, help people see nature in its splendor.

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This arboretum is a project that will grow with the communities of Nashville. Take some time to learn more about more details of the project and how to get involved.

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Newly planted trees.

Find the Nurseries

Did you find a tree you loved at the arboretum and need it for your landscape? Browse our nurseries to see how you can bring some natural beauty right to your home!

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Shelby Avenue Arboretum and our community are honored to have an extensive list of benefactors to support our growing project.

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Whether you'd like to volunteer, visit, or become one of our generous donors, you can support the project here.

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Farm-to-Yard Tree Sale

With tree experts, wholesale nurseries, and tree enthusiasts, Shelby Avenue Arboretum has an in-depth knowledge of what species of trees will not only thrive in Middle Tennessee but will also enhance its natural landscape and ecosystem. Visit the arboretum or learn more about how you can add one of our 680 tree species to your property.

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