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Crosby Arboretum gets Southern Traveler award
PICAYUNE – Travelers may be adding Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum to their summer travel destination lists now that a regional travel magazine recognized it.
The native plant conservatory is featured as the “Southern Travel Treasure” in the May/June 2013 issue of AAA’s magazine, AAA Southern Traveler.
"We were excited to learn that the arboretum will be seen by the more than 400,000 people who read this travel magazine and honored to be chosen as one of the area's regional treasures,” said Pat Drackett, arboretum director. “Our site showcases Mississippi's native flora in a lovely natural setting. There is a great abundance of beauty here for visitors to experience and ideas that they can take away to use in their own landscapes."
AAA selects “Travel Treasure” destinations for each bi-monthly issue based on the destination’s appeal to AAA members. AAA Southern Traveler is distributed to more than 260,000 homes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas and appears online.
“Our members recognize the South has endless travel and recreational opportunities,” Michael Right, editor and publisher of AAA Southern Traveler, said in a news release. “We try to offer places like this to our readers to encourage more exploration of local sites and attractions.”
The arboretum is dedicated to preserving, displaying and educating the public about native plants found in the Pearl River Drainage Basin of Mississippi and Louisiana. The arboretum offers year-round site tours, nature programs, and educational events. It also provides opportunities for scientific study by university students and faculty.
Visitors can explore the 104-acre site by walking through the savannah, woodland and aquatic exhibits, which showcase the three basic ecosystems found in the Gulf South.
The arboretum is home to the Pinecote Pavillion, designed by E. Fay Jones, an American Institute of Architects Fellow and Gold Medal winner. It also is recognized as a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The arboretum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military members, and $2 for children under 12.
For more information about the arboretum, visit http://www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu or call (601) 799-2311.