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An area set aside for the cultivation of trees and shrubs for educational and scientific purposes. An arboretum differs from a botanical garden in emphasizing woody plants, whereas a botanical garden includes investigation of the growth and development of herbaceous plants as well as trees and shrubs. The largest of the arboretums in the United States is the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, founded in 1872. Botanical gardens

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From McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. The Content is a copyrighted work of McGraw-Hill and McGraw-Hill reserves all rights in and to the Content. The Work is © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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