Tucked away off New Scotland Avenue between Cherry Avenue Extension and Maple Avenue in Slingerlands is the Pine Hollow Arboretum. The Arboretum is the multi-decade endeavor of local Pediatrician John Abbuhl whose love affair with trees is well known.  An unassuming gentleman, John Abbuhl is quick to share that he began planting trees as a hobby over forty years ago because he had a large property to manage and he enjoyed working in his landscape. While many of his physician colleagues played golf, John planted trees and it turns out that it was a good thing he did. Chartered in 2007 by the New York State Department of Education, The Pine Hollow brochure describes the Arboretum as a “collection of trees and shrubs arranged esthetically while maintaining a natural setting.  The collection contains plants from the temperate climates of the world and represents the horticultural potential of our own climate.” It is a jewel in the middle of suburbia and a treasure in the pocket of a Capital District renowned for its public spaces, parks, rose gardens, and conifer collections. Planted over twenty-five acres the Arboretum is planned as natural areas with groupings of plants from all over the world. As you walk the trails, you feel as though you are at least a million miles away from a populated area. While the trees are labeled, a guided tour is the best way to experience the arboretum. Open April through October the Arboretum has Saturday and Sunday hours, 10-4pm but tours can be arranged by calling 439.6472. Come and explore this jewel for yourself.

Sources:; The Pine Hollow Arboretum brochure; The Pine Hollow Statement of Guiding Principals.doc

Susan Pezzolla is Community Educator for horticulture and Master Gardner Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County. To reach Sue, call 765.3516 or email


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