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The Community Arboretum

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Our purpose is to provide a living laboratory for students and the community in order to further the understanding of ecological processes, botanical relationships, and horticultural practices in a beautiful setting. The Community Arboretum is a two-acre educational garden located on the campus of Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia. Ten separate gardens and plant collections surround a centrally located amphitheater and are home to approximately 700 labeled plant taxa. Open to the public with free admission every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Wheelchair accessible.

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Directions
  • Major Access Routes: I-581, US 220
  • Directions: I-81 to Exit 143 (Route 581/220). Take Colonial Avenue exit. Turn left at light onto Colonial Avenue. Go through 2 stoplights. VWCC campus is located on both sides of Colonial Avenue.
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  • DescriptionVWCC has several facilities available for rental, including: classrooms, Community Arboretum, computer labs, conference rooms, gymnasium, Natural Science Center, & the Whitman Theater.
  • Reception Capacity75
  • Theatre Capacity300
  • Type of Space Indoor & Outdoor Space
  • Banquet Capacity50
  • Number of Rooms2
  • Classroom Capacity40
Whitman Auditorium
  • Theater Capacity: 270
  • Amphitheater Present:
Charles Downs Natural Science Center
  • Theater Capacity: 75
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
Gymnasium
  • Theater Capacity: 400
Community Aboritum
  • Banquet Capacity: 150