McCrory Gardens is operated and maintained by South Dakota State University and named in honor of Professor S. A. McCrory, head of SDSU's horticulture department from 1947 until his death in 1964.
McCrory Gardens has over 25 acres of formal display gardens & 45 acres of arboretum featuring hundreds of different flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses in harmonious settings to display, educate, and further the development of new varieties.
The South Dakota State Arboretum features trees and shrubs that are adapted to South Dakota's harsh climate. In addition new selections of trees and shrubs are trialed to test their adaptability to our growing conditions.
The gardens are funded primarily by donations, memberships, admission fees, special gifts, and endowment returns. Ongoing research continues to provide new information to the scientific community and the public on the introduction, cultivation, and arrangement of native and domesticated plants. The testing and evaluation of new woody plant selections and varieties in the climate of the northern Great Plains, initiated by Dr. N.E. Hansen almost three-quarters of a century ago, remains an integral part of our research mission. Mission - "Connecting people and plants through education, discovery, research, and enjoyment of the natural and built landscape."
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