The Peterson Lake Nature Center Arboretum is loacted on 135 acres in W. C. Johnson Park. The arboretum was certified by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on August 3rd 2008.
"Arboretum Location at W. C. Johnson Park"
There is a diversity of botttomland hardwood trees that are located along the boardwalk and wetland areas of the park. In addition to these native species, a few species of cultivars have been planted within the park and arboretum area. There are a total of thirty-one (31) trees that have been included in the Level 1 Arboretum.
The Tennessee Arboretum Level 1 certification process required that the Town have a site open to the public with a minimum of 30 different species of trees labeled with both their common and scientific names.
During the certification process, training was provided to members of the Parks & Recreation and Public Services Departments on the proper management and care of trees found in the arboretum, along with a brochure (see above for printable version). The brochure will give residents the opportunity to journey through the arboretum on a self guided tour and will provide a checklist of trees with both fun and educational information. Also, with the Level 1 Arboretum certification, Collierville will have an arboretum that is a wonderful place where the forest is the outdoor classroom. This arboretum will give both school children and people of all ages an educational opportunity and setting that is natural and peaceful that everyone will enjoy.
"Crape Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica var. Natchez"
"Sweetbay Magonlia - Magnolia Virginiana