Laura Moore Cunningham Arboretum

1149 E Lewis St., Boise

The East End nursery managed by Boise Parks and Recreation's division of Community Forestry has a capacity of over 900 trees when properly spaced (not including the permanent plantings). 

Hours of Operation

Arboretum is open from sunrise to sunset.

Location

1149 E Lewis St

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Parking

Nearby parking available at Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.

Smoking Prohibition

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.

History

There are presently 90 different species of deciduous trees and over 20 species of conifers in the arboretum. Among the different species are over 50 different cultivars. 

The arboretum is named for the late Laura Moore Cunningham, a long-time city benefactor, volunteer and avid gardener. Upon her death, the city of Boise received acreage south of her home at Warm Springs Avenue and Walnut Street to establish an arboretum to grow trees for city parks. 

In 2014, the city commissioned local artist Stephanie Inman to create a series of new signs to commemorate the park and honor the memory of Laura Moore Cunnningham. Working with Boise-based metalsmith Ken McCall and Mark Baltes of Landmark Impressions, Inman completed fabrication and installation of the signs in Spring 2015.

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