It’s not just about the trees

Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

The word arboretum comes from the Latin meaning ‘tree-garden’ – arbor means tree and –etum is a suffix used to form the names of gardens and woods. In the truest sense of the word, an arboretum is a collection of trees. A collection of shrubs is called a fruticetum (from the Latin word frutex,

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

meaning shrub). The Euroa Arboretum should therefore be more correctly known as the Euroa Arboretum and Fruticetum—a bit of a mouthful. I think I prefer ‘The Arb’.

But this site is not just about the trees (and shrubs). The vegetation frames an environment that contains a wealth of living

Australian Pelican (Pelecannus conspicillatus)

organisms—like birds. The Arb’s woodlands attract a great variety of birds, and yet more bird species visit and live in the developing wetlands and adjoining lake. The photos show a few wetland birds photographed within a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon at The Arb.

Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)

So if you have the itch to twitch you can satisfy that urge at the Euroa Arboretum (and Fruticetum and Aviary and Insectarium). I made the last one up!

Australian Pelican (Pelecannus conspicillatus)