Penn State Arboretum

I admit when I first started photography, I was so eager to explore new locations that there was always a bit of disappointment when clients after clients requested photos at the Arboretum at Penn State. But now I have come to fully appreciate the many varieties our arboretum gives us. There are always new blooms. One session is never the same as the next. I like to scout the arboretum in advance not only to assess lighting and bloom conditions, but also what sceneries would best fit the vision my clients have. Our arboretum is truly a treasure in town!

Boasting a massive area of land that amounts to 370 acres, the arboretum houses so many gardens and work are still underway to make this landmark a critical attraction to State College. The relatively recent addition of the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden in 2014 offers so many attractions in and of itself. A mystical cave with its own sand box. A botanical garden. Interesting kaleidoscopes. A playground with unique musical instruments. And a little free library. There are so many charms in this childhood garden!

Even more exciting are the constructions taking place right now to create a Pollinator and Bird Garden, 10,000 square foot conservatory, fountain garden, art museum, and planetarium. I am so excited with these visions and plans. If you’re already a big fan of the arboretum (like me), these additions will sure to impress and cement Penn State Arboretum as the gem of our college town. 

Many events are hosted at the arboretum year-round as well. Family friendly events include their fall festival, pumpkin carving contest, winter celebration, and music in the gardens (my favorite!). The arboretum also hosts weddings and it can be the perfect setting for an intimate ceremony, especially if your love story is strongly tied to Penn State. 🙂 

Photos at the Arboretum

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Nhi is a portrait photographer serving State College, PA and surrounding communities. Nhi captures photographs that let you re-live your joy, love, and light with intentional artistry. Her creative work has been published in State College Magazine and featured at Bellefonte Art Museum. Also a professor at Penn State, Nhi is committed to creating a positive impact in Happy Valley – be that through beautiful photographs or investing in future students through her scholarship. 

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