By Rob Levey, Seacoast Online
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EXETER — On Friday, May 12, RiverWoods residents, volunteer docents, staff and others held a celebration ceremony on the Exeter campus to formally open New Hampshire’s largest arboretum.
At the ceremony, a Kentucky Coffeetree was planted to commemorate the occasion.
Featuring more than 100 unique trees and woody shrubs, the arboretum is spread over 200 acres on the RiverWoods Exeter campus and is the result of a concerted effort by both residents and staff.
“It’s been the most rewarding work of my life,” said Dan Burbank, landscape manager at RiverWoods. “When the idea was brought up by the residents, we began the investigative process to see if it was feasible and then took it to the senior team. We realized this was a possibility.”
He said it was a possibility only because of the work that had been put into the selection of trees and woody shrubs on the property many years prior, which he said was spearheaded by several residents. Tom Adams, who has lived at RiverWoods for the past 12 years, was one of those residents.
“There were small trees planted here and there in the beginning — there was basically dirty here,” he said. “After a year when some of the plants started to die, we thought of some unusual plants that could replace them.”