East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

Welcome Center

​The arboretum is open to the public, and everyone is invited to enjoy this beautiful oasis. So come on out and experience the unique beauty, learn about the ecological importance of America’s native flora and enjoy two miles of naturalistic hiking trails, live (enclosed) honeybees and our historic Wofford House Museum. The arboretum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the creation of formal and informal plant collections arranged in formal and informal gardens and a native plant area with nature trails.

​We can all learn to become a source of inspiration and guidance for others who would like to help preserve our priceless natural resources. You are invited to become a member of the East Texas Arboretum to support the goal of educating the public and know you are making the world a better place through your support of environmental stewardship. To schedule tours, rent facilities and receive more arboretum information call the office at 903-675-5630.

Hours of Operation: 
Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open seven days a week (Closed for special events)

Daily Admission: 
Adults $4.00
Children Ages (3-5) $1.00 / Ages 3 and under are FREE
Students & Senior Adults (60+) $3.00
FREE to Arboretum Members

While the arboretum is pet friendly, the City of Athens’ leash law does apply, NO exceptions because the arboretum is inside the city limits and for the comfort and safety of other guests!  Please keep your pets out of the garden areas and pick up after them in landscaped areas.  Be responsible, respect and obey the law. Thank you! 

Arboretum operations are funded through annual memberships, admission, generous donations, fundraising events and rentals. Your membership and generous contributions are greatly appreciated.  

The arboretum is a non-profit organization with IRS – 501(c)(3) status.
Note: Arboretum Members enjoy many benefits. Become a member & lend your support!

Recent photos from the Gardens:

The businesses that funded the purchase of the land for the Arboretum.

One of several lily ponds at the gardens.

  Join the East Texas Arboretum in

  Join the East Texas Arboretum in celebrating City of Athens heritage and visit the “Fiddlin’ Around the Arboretum” exhibition, May 2021. Local artists and members of the community have personalized more than 60 wooden fiddles, which will be displayed throughout the gardens. 


Henderson County Jail in 1890.


Dream Garden maintained by the Henderson County Master Gardeners

Entrance to the Dream Garden

Day lilies in bloom.

More Day lilies in bloom.

More Day lilies.

Coleus in bloom.

Purple Cone flowers in bloom.

Historical plaque for Wofford house. The house is currently closed to the public.


More day lilies in bloom.