The Arboretum is used by many groups and individuals as an outdoor classroom in studies of horticulture and natural science. Plants are labeled with information including common and scientific names, plant family, region of nativity, and date of planting, The facility is a destination for school field trips, horticulture classes, university students, Master Gardeners, arborists, and gardeners.

Botanic gardens and arboreta have an important role in our changing world: the preservation of plant genetic resources in the face of habitat loss, climate change, and the movement of plant diseases and pests. Patterson Garden Arboretum is part of the global network for Botanic Gardens Conservation International, an organization that exists to ensure the conservation of plants worldwide.

Tours may be arranged; if you are interested in a tour please contact us.