Named and dedicated in 1995, the Fell Arboretum continues to grow. The arboretum serves the university and the community as a living tree and plant library. The principal goal is to sustain a living laboratory as both an educational resource and aesthetic experience.
The Donor Tree Program is an important part of introducing new and diverse trees and woody plants to the arboretum. Trees are donated to the Fell Arboretum for various reasons, including the honor of friends, family members or loved ones. The Curator of The Fell Arboretum, Patrick Murphy, will work with any member of the campus or community to facilitate this program. This starts with a $500 donation. The Curator will work with the donor to determine the type of tree, where it will be planted and when. Additionally, the donor has the option of coordinating the planting with or without a tree dedication ceremony.
The tree will be tagged with information detailing species and common name. The tag may also include limited information regarding the donor’s dedication of choice. The tree will be entered into the Fell Arboretum inventory and become a lasting tribute as part of the arboretum’s collection.
Become a Donor
If you would like to participate in the donor tree program, or would like to make a donation to the Fell Arboretum, you can utilize the Memorial Tree Request Form and return it via campus or US mail to:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Biological Sciences
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790-4120 rmurphy@IllinoisState.edu