Located two miles east of downtown, Historic Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned community and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
An arboretum is simply a living tree museum. The typical arboretum is located in a park or garden, where trees can be arranged in themes or by closely related species. But this isn’t a typical arboretum. For one thing, the trees in this arboretum are the trees of Inman Park — shade and ornamental, old and young, exotic and native. For another, people live here. This is their arboretum, which these neighbors helped design and continue to maintain.
The Inman Park Neighborhood Arboretum and Trees Atlanta installed approximately eighty granite tree markers and published a map of the Arboretum’s self-guided walking tour that can be found here.
Neighborhood arboretums were created to encourage community involvement with their urban forest. By bringing the arboretum to the community along the streets where residents walk, dine, exercise, and socialize, neighbors will actually live in a tree museum. They will get to know the individual trees and care for them as they would their family, friends, and neighbors. Kay Stephenson haswritten a great article about Trees Atlanta’s neighborhood arboreta, and you can read that article here.