|About the Arboretum
With increasing value being placed on our natural heritage, The Crosby
Arboretum is the premier native plant conservatory in the Southeast. The
Arboretum was established as a living memorial to L.O. Crosby, Jr. (1907-1978)
and has expanded to become a resource for education in the region and
the world. Today, it provides for the protection of the region's
biological diversity as well as a place for the public's enjoyment
of plant species native to the Pearl River Drainage Basin of south-central
Mississippi and Louisiana. It allows us to study and learn about plants
and plant products so that we may use them to their best advantage and
ensure their continuous propagation in the future. Aesthetic, agricultural,
scientific, and industrial contributions of native plant species and ecosystems
can be examined in a real-life setting at the Arboretum.
The 104-acre Native Plant Center of The Crosby Arboretum serves as the
focus of Arboretum activities and development. It includes the Pinecote
Pavilion and the Piney Woods Lake for display of native water plants in
their natural setting. The Pinecote Pavilion and the many wooden bridges
that complement the lake were designed by award-winning architect Fay
Jones, of Fayetteville, Arkansas to enhance the artistic and functional
aspects of the Arboretum.
The Crosby Arboretum also manages 700 acres in seven associated
natural areas. The assemblages of carefully selected and protected lands
nurtures over 300 species of indigenous trees, shrubs, wildflowers,
and grasses. Rare, threatened, or endangered species of plants and wildlife
are present at throughout the Arboretum's preserves. Unusual plants
have their place as well. The Arboretum protects and manages several lovely
pitcher plant bogs both on site and within the natural areas. Edible,
poisonous, and aromatic plants, too, are found at the Arboretum. As the
seasons unfold their splendor, the Arboretum provides a clear, unobstructed
view of the variety and beauty of our natural resources.
More than attractive features of our landscape, plants are an integral
part of the environment we inhabit. Our own survival will be threatened
if they do not flourish. Therefore, humankind's best interests can be
served by the study of our plant neighbors with which we share this planet.
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The Crosby Arboretum featured on "Our State"
Mississippi State president, Mark E. Keenum, recently introduced a new online video series featuring the people, places and events that make Mississippi State University special. "Our State" will cover news and information on various aspects of the MSU community around the state.
The new video series joins Keenum's "Presidential Update" that he launched in 2009. Both series, updated monthly, can be viewed at www.msstate.edu/president/video.