You can be part of creating a legacy by helping develop the Olive Scott Petty Arboretum. Your donation of $100, $200 or more will be used to plant a tree in honor of or memory of someone.
IN HONOR OF
Planting trees create a living legacy by honoring special people and events in our lives by celebrating:
If so indicated, a certificate will be sent to the honoree notifying them that a tree has been planted in his or her name.
IN MEMORY OF
Planting trees is a beautiful, enduring way to show remembrance of a loved one for generations to come.
If so indicated, a card will be sent to the family of the remembered person notifying them that a tree has been planted in his or her memory.
Names of those who are honored or remembered will be listed at the Arboretum.
HISTORY OF THE LAND
“Three miles north of Kountze, in Hardin County, Texas, where once the burly and towering pine trees shaded the forest floors beneath them, the town of Olive thrived between 1881 and 1912. It took its name from Sidney C. Olive of Waco, who was one-half of the partnership of Olive, Sternenberg and Company, the owners of the large Sunset Sawmill, which spawned the Community.” W.T. Block, Olive, Texas: An Extinct Sawmill Town and the Olive Sternenberg Partnership That Built It.
Olive Scott Petty was the son of V.A. Petty, Jr., President of the Olive Sternenberg Lumber Company (renamed in 1908). He was born in Olive, Texas and this land is where he developed a love and appreciation for the outdoors. It was Mr. Petty’s dream to use the property for educating young people about Texas’ forests as well as the history of the land. His favorite tree was a magnolia and it will be the first tree planted at the Arboretum.
The land is a gift to the Texas A&M Forest Service from Scott Petty in remembrance of his father, Olive Scott Petty (1895 – 1994), to be used as an arboretum to benefit Texans.
THE MISSION OF THE ARBORETUM
The mission of the Olive Scott Petty Arboretum is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of trees and plants for personal enjoyment, inspiration, and recreation; for educational and aesthetic purposes; and for scientific research.
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Commitment to EducationThe arboretum will serve as a living classroom – a site of teaching, research, and public education related to the native trees and plants of southeast Texas.
Directions to the ArboretumThe arboretum is located on Hwy. 69 approximately 1.5 hours southeast of Lufkin, 30 minutes north of Beaumont and 2 hours northeast of Houston.