The Arboretum was started by Tom and Evelyn Cox in 1990 for the purpose of collecting garden-worthy plants. Throughout the years the mission has evolved with a present focus on plant evaluation, preservation of rare and endangered flora and to develop a public appreciation and enlightenment of plants. It also serves a scientific and educational purpose, through testing and displaying new and rare plants in a garden setting.
Tom served as a national president of the American Conifer Society www.conifersociety.org (2006-2008). He now travels the world in search of conifers that might be adaptable to southeastern U.S. Along with Dr. John Ruter, he has co-authored a first-ever book on conifers for the South. Landscaping With Conifers and Ginkgo For the Southeast.