Longview Arboretum undergoing updates, preparing for freeze

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Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:34 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 7:48 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview Arboretum is going through a few changes, and some are coming pretty quickly, but the planned conservatory will take time to “grow.”

There are more pretty spots at the arboretum than this large patch of dirt, but, according to Longview Arboretum Director Steve Chamblee you’ve got to take things down before something can be put up.

“Having a conservatory changes the image, changes the way you feel about a place, it changes the reputation of the place. And so, anyway, it’ll be awesome,” Chamblee said.

He says it’ll be like a greenhouse, but some of it will feature more permanent plants. He says they’ll soon put together a capital campaign.

“Some of our supporters already asked about this; not even a plan drawn and they see a little bare spot and they say, ‘hey how can we help?’” Chamblee said.

And speaking of help, just the day before Cathi Gartin, which sounds appropriate somehow, and Kenneth Cranfill stopped by with a growing donation, but why?

“Actually I would like to see other plants perform for him, especially the moon carrot. And I have extra and I would like to donate. I also worked for the Dallas Arboretum at one time,” Gartin said.

The plants will go in the ground soon, as well as:

“The sensory garden over here, which we’ll put in over the winter. And a Japanese garden, which is quite small but Japanese gardens are quite intricate and quite precise, so it’ll take a while to do that,” Chamblee said.

Although not as long as the conservatory, but once financed Chamblee knows help will arrive.

“Not many people have them so a lot of people are interested in them, so volunteers will simply come,” Chamblee said.

The Longview Arboretum seems to change like the seasons.

Chamblee says he’s hopeful the conservatory will be finished by spring of 2024, the sensory garden by this spring, and the Japanese garden sometime in January.

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