The Arboretum Tome will be hosting an open house on September 28th from 11am - 4 pm. We are working in association with the Tome Art Gallery’s Garden Party and Tour showcasing Highway 47 Garden related businesses. For more information visit the Tome Art Gallery website at or click on the following link: http://tomegallery.net/
The Arboretum Tomé is a collection of trees endemic to the desert Southwest. The collection includes a huge collection of Oak trees, the genus Quercus, along with Redwoods, Giant Timber Bamboo, and Maples, including a Western native sugar maple called the Big Tooth Maple, Acer grandidentatum.
The Arboretum also contains the production nursery for Trees That Please Nursery and is the proving ground for Soil Secrets products. All plants on the Arboretum grounds and Trees That Please Nursery are fed exclusively using the products and protocols developed by Soil Secrets. The photo below shows transplanted Redwood seedlings inoculated with Earth Magic and Protein crumblies on the soil surface.
The arboretum soil has served as the proving ground for the products of Soil Secrets, changing the original toxic clay soil and rehabilitating it into a healthy well drained soil that can now grow a wide variety of plants. The products of Soil Secrets LLC meet the benchmark of the USDA’s NOP (National Organic Program) and have been approved by USDA NOP Certifying Agents for use on Certified Farms.
The Arboretum serves as a living laboratory and is available for school field trips, students, home gardeners, researchers, and individuals. The Arboretum is a great place to spend some time under the shade of mature native trees, to study and observe, to be inspired, or to see the great variety of native landscaping trees the southwest has to offer.
The Arboretum is open for tours by appointment only by contacting Trees That Please Nursery at
Photos & Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist