Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park

This is the master page for all things arboretum! With a project this magnitude, there will be several sub-projects. All sub projects will be listed at the bottom but the most current happenings will be listed at the top of this page. Thank you for your interest and support!

Please visit City of Burlington‘s Arboretum Project Update Page and New Leaf’s Streambank Restoration Page for the latest progress!

March 7, 2018 – The initial step with City of Burlington’s streambank restoration was approved by City Council on March 6 and they now have 120 days to being construction. To follow the restoartion’s latest progress, please visit the Stream Restoration Project Page and City of Burlington‘s project page.

March 5, 2018 –  Along with the excitement of this project, there has been one question that keeps popping up – What is an arboretum?”

According to Merriam-Webster, an arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.

We would like to encourage interested individuals to visit the following local Arboretums and Public Gardens:

Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro

Gateway Gardens in Greensboro

Greensboro Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh

NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham

The above links are also available from the project page: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park


Update: January 23, 2017

On January 17, 2017, the Burlington City Council approved the arboretum design. See Times-News Article Here

After receiving feedback from neighborhood meetings and public hearings, some changes were made to the previous design plans (see photos below)

Such changes include:

  • Removing the parking lot and replacing with street parking
  • Widening a portion of East Willowbrook Drive into the park’s right of way o add 8 parallel parking spots
  • Relocating the playground area on Church St to Front St
  • Building design to be more Craftsman than Modern in order to blend in with the neighborhood
  • Veteran’s Memorial Plaza & Overlook at the park’s edge & backs up to the American Legion Building

Currently, the city is working with Ecosystem, Planning & Restoration to improve the stream and flooding throughout the park.


Original Project Overview – 2015:

This project is a partnership with the City of Burlington to create a botanical garden and arboretum at Willowbrook Park in Burlington. Willowbrook Park is approximately 17 acres that follows a small creek from South Church Street to Front Street. A parking lot would be placed at South Church Street and Fountain Place with the current playground equipment moved up some and upgraded. Then a pathway of some sort would snake its away along the creek surrounded by gardens, plant collections and gazebos.

Photos Courtesy of Josh Drye




Sub Projects

Willowbrook Park Stream Restoration