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Category: Horticulture

Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Great River, New York

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Number Available:               7
Application Deadline:          March 15, 2013
Duration:                               10-26 weeks

About Bayard Cutting Arboretum

The 691 acre Bayard Cutting Arboretum   was the former home of   William Bayard Cutting. Now a New York State Park, the intent is to fulfill the donor’s request “to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting."
Utilizing plans conceived by the noted landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, the arboretum development was begun in 1887. The site was originally wooded and many of the large oaks now seen were retained during the clearing of the land. With the cooperation of Charles Sprague Sergeant, then director of Boston's Arnold Arboretum, Mr. Cutting several years later began to plant his conifer collection in the area just north of the Carriage House.   The current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock, yew and other lesser known conifers is still probably the most extensive to be found in the  United States. Contained within the collection are several trees which, regionally, are the largest of their species. Also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks.  

Internship Available
Grounds maintenance interns will receive practical, hands-on experience in all phases of grounds maintenance, landscape design and enhancement of a diverse plant collection within the 690 acre arboretum.     Throughout the arboretum you will find many outstanding specimen trees, unique conifers and many other unusual plant collections. General duties will include planting, pruning, and watering, weeding, mulching, collections management, farm maintenance, and garden renovation. 

Application Guidelines: Send a cover letter and resume to:

Nelson W. Sterner

Executive Director

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

PO Box907

Great River, New York 11739


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