The Vision in Green
Jon Jacobson, ASLA
April 17, 2009
- A collection of trees.
- Tree cultivation area planted with many types of trees for study,
display and preservation.
- A place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for
scientific and educational purposes.
- The primary focus will be well adapted deciduous and coniferous
woody plant materials which include trees, shrubs and vines. The
arboretum will also include actively managed native plant communities
and limited herbaceous plants.
- Public/private partnership between the Wegner Arboretum Society, the
City of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County.
- Major lead gift provided by the Wegner Family.
- Managed by the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department.
- Supported by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for the
current community fund drive. Additional construction dollars are
appropriated in the current City of Sioux Falls Capital Improvement
(East Sioux Falls)
• Isn’t it obvious? Trees are very cool.
• Former East Sioux Falls town site contains significant cultural resources (quarries,
stone cutting areas, old rail lines, building foundations) and open space along the Big
Sioux River and Quartzite Bluff.
• Total site will be approximately 115 acres in size (including Perry Nature Area).
• Relationship to existing Arrowhead Park (old quarry site) & ‘Green’ entry into Sioux
• Will be connected to the future bike trail extension and Arrowhead Park.
• The complete arboretum site will be achieved through the combination of City and
County owned lands as well as the hopeful acquisition of limited privately held lands.
• Arboretum will include natural areas containing actively managed native plant
communities, landscaped areas containing the tree and shrub collections and a series
of gardens that recreate the historic use of plants by humans of different cultures who
have lived on the site.
The City of East Sioux Falls (1887 to 1913):
- Originally set up as a company quarry town for Sioux Quartzite.
- Attracted Welsh, English and Scottish stone cutters.
- Exported paving and architectural stone to major American cities.
- Connected by electric rail to Sioux Falls.
- Population grew to 600.
- Eventually dissolved because of high cost of producing the stone.
Existing Perry Nature Area:
- Minnehaha County Park that will be part of the arboretum.
- 24 acres.
- Donated by Perry Family to county in 1999.
- Diverse historic elements, tree, shrub and plant types.