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About The Mountain Top Arboretum

The Mountain Top Arboretum is open for the public's enjoyment, 2500 feet above sea level in the rugged high peaks region of the Mountains.

It is a preserve and a garden. Native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers live side-by-side with exotic transplants hardy enough to survive the elevation and harsh climate.


The Arboretum is educational and recreational. You can stop to smell the flowers or stay to study them. Stroll the walkways breathing pure mountain air, feast your eyes on scenic views, or rest for a while by the pond. Even take a personally-guided tour and get a crash course in horticulture.

The Arboretum is an active cultural resource offering lectures and programs on nature, the arts, and local history.

The Arboretum is an open space for all to enjoy, a living museum, and an ongoing research project. It is unique. And it is yours.

Our annual administrative and operating costs are
covered through public support and donations from our friends and
visitors. Without your support we would be unable to provide our
programs. We encourage your donations which are tax deductible for
federal and state income tax purposes.


The Arboretum Blog

The Mountain Top Arboretum Maintenance

The Mountain Top Arboretum in Catskill Mountains is an open garden where people could marvel at the wide displays of native plants and inhabitants of the area. The arboretum is a well-known spot used for educational and research purposes as it is located at the peak of the New York City Watershed. It is also a haven for many outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy Catskills’ natural landscapes.

If you are much of a hiker, the arboretum has guided tours of the area. This huge garden has four main parts: the West Meadow, Woodland Walk, East Meadow, and the Black Spruce Glen. Each tour of the areas will approximately take up to 30 to 45 minutes to travel around. All of these zones have their own uniqueness and qualities to offer, so it’s ideal to check all of it. After all, the maintenance staff has the skills and knowledge to properly handle an arboretum. Here is how they do it:


The trees in the area, especially the younger ones are inspected on a regular basis. This usually takes an hour or more for every area. This is necessary to check the general health of every tree in the arboretum.


A method used by the gardeners to keep the trees moistened and weed-free.


This is to keep the younger trees from being stomped over or damaged by wandering wild animals in the arboretum.


Aside from giving the trees a haircut, this process also increases its growth and fruitfulness.


The daily watering routine is a practice to retain the nourishment of the plants.


The garden is fertilized every one to three weeks depending on the plant type and need. This is to ensure that nutrients are given to the trees and plants around the area.


Every week, the staff trims the grasses in the area with a high-powered mower. The best ride zero turn lawn mowers are used since the arboretum is very huge.

Disease and Insect Control

To maintain a healthy atmosphere, the staff controls any swarm of insects pestering the area. Not taking control of these harmful insects might cause disease outbreaks.

The staff in the arboretum values nature. They make sure that the maintenance of the area is done professionally without eliminating its natural charm. Their aim is to support nature and not to conquer it. 

How to Setup a Water Fountain in the Garden

Creating an outdoor fountain for your garden may sound intimidating, especially when you don’t have the any idea how to do so. Luckily, there is a simple and cheap method to achieve this. With these 5 steps, you can upgrade your garden instantly:

Step 1: Planning

Choose a spot where you’d locate your reviewed indoor water fountain and determine its size. Also, make sure that your chosen location is accessible to an electrical outlet.

Step 2: Gathering

You will need four main items:

  • Reservoir – any type of container to serve as the main body of the fountain.
  • Water Pump – high-powered ones to pump the water from a nearby source.
  • Pipes – used to channel the water from the source to the fountain.
  • Design elements – adds the shape and personality to your fountain.

Step 3: Assembling

  • Dig a hole enough to fit your reservoir. You could also make a trench if you want to hide the cords and pipes.
  • Add the pump in the reservoir before putting water inside.
  • Design your fountain.
  • Fill the reservoir with enough water to create a cycling process.

Step 4: Adjusting

Once you turn on the water pump, you will need to make a few adjustments. You can either add or lessen the pressure of the water flow depending on how you like it. You could also tweak your designs for an optimum look.  

Step 5: Finishing

Add finishing touches to your liking.

3 Ways Make a Relaxing Garden

Our gardens are an extension of our houses. We shouldn’t ignore its potential and focus the designing solely in the house. It becomes one of the most relaxing spots when paid attention to. To achieve this, here are 3 ways:

Make it Private

You will not feel conscious when you relax in an enclosed area, plus this can also separate you from the distractions beyond your house. Making your garden private means that you can do any kinds of relaxation without being pried upon by neighbors.

Make it Comfortable

Once you establish your own area, it’s time to make it comfortable. You can add your preferred furniture. After reading the recliner reviews you will find it an excellent choice if you want to lounge under the sun while reading. A hammock is also a charming addition when you want snooze during the afternoons. Beanie bags are also cute and versatile in terms of arrangements.

Make it your Own

Lastly, personalize your garden to complement your personality. Nothing could be more relaxing than unwinding in a place that you could relate to. Choose your ideal flowers, garden accents, and theme. Owning it means there is a connection.