Explore the Marberry Arboretum in Carbondale, IL
The number one rule at Marberry Arboretum is STAY ON THE PATH.
It's easy to get lured off track by the beautiful display of more that 20,000 plants at this 25-acre natural sanctuary. You'll want to sniff the flowers, touch the leaves and stroll through the meadow. But don't.
Locals call it a "living museum." The arboretum offers walking trails, picnic spots, a fishing pond and plenty of photo opportunities. The arboretum's roots stretch back to 1942, when William Marberry purchased the land. Marberry came back from a tour of duty with a collection of plants he acquired while stationed in India, China and Burma. Many of the same plants Marberry carried back in coffee cans are thriving today. Marberry added local artifacts to the site, such as large rocks, paving stones from Jonesboro Town Square.
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