Henry Schmieder Arboretum

We invite you to enjoy the 40 acre Henry Schmieder Arboretum on our beautiful campus in Doylestown, PA.

Welcome to the Henry Schmieder Arboretum of Delaware Valley University, a horticultural jewel in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Just west of Doylestown, the Arboretum encompasses 40 acres of our main campus. The Arboretum compliments the mission of the University providing a living collection of plants which reflects our faculty’s teaching requirements and serves as a “green resource” for the surrounding community..


The Arboretum is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Greater Philadelphia Gardens

About the Arboretum

“The purpose of the Henry Schmieder Arboretum of Delaware Valley University is to be a core resource and center for education across teaching disciplines at the University, within the community and for the industries we serve. This mission reflects the University’s Strategic Plan and the belief in experiential and life-long learning.”

The concept of our campus-wide Arboretum dates back to the founding of Delaware Valley University as the National Farm School in 1896. The school's founder, Joseph Krauskopf, included an arboretum in the original plans for the school. However, it was not until 1966 that the Arboretum, under the stewardship of Horticulturist David Benner, was recognized and named the Henry Schmieder Arboretum of Delaware Valley University.

Henry Schmieder was a faculty member of the college from 1921 to 1964. He was a gifted teacher and a Renaissance man who taught an amazing variety of subjects in liberal arts, science and agriculture. His brilliance as a teacher and his depth of knowledge embodies the spirit that is Delaware Valley University. He was described by Joshua Feldstein, President Emeritus of the University and a student and colleague of Henry Schmieder as "a man with an intensely inquiring mind; a man who never ceased to be a student of the life he found everywhere about him."

At the time of his death, Henry Schmieder was cataloging the Arboretum collection and had plans for its expansion to make the campus a living resource for students, the community and the horticulture industry.

Our gardens are now entering a new chapter in history. After almost 2 years of research, visioning and discussion, The Henry Schmieder Arboretum is in the process of being reborn into an exciting, educationally focused series of interactive learning gardens and an educationally grounded plant collection dedicated to teaching, research and learning. The end result will be a public garden like no other.

Our campus is open and free for self-guided tours from dawn to dusk every day of the year. Please stop by our Security building first to pick up a walking-tour map and visitor parking permit (parking can be limited when classes are in session, and all cars must be identified by a Delaware Valley University hang tag). Our self-guided tour covers approximately two miles in a loop around the 60-acre main campus. Most areas are wheelchair accessible.

If you visit during the week when classes are in session, you can stop by our office in Feldman 123. Please call 215.489.2308 to let us know that you will be stopping by.

Guided tours are available on a limited basis. A per-person fee is charged. Please call the arboretum at 215.489.2308 for more information or email arboretum@delval.edu.

The Henry Schmieder Arboretum at Delaware Valley University

700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901