As you drive along Riverside Road from Route 62, you pass a sign for the Ted Grisez Arboretum before you get to Audubon’s main entrance. Audubon founders began laying the groundwork for this section of the sanctuary in the 1970s by planting a row of Norway Spruce to serve as a backdrop for the collection of native trees which now numbers over 60.
The entire arboretum is mowed once a year. In spring and summer, only a path is mowed allowing the visitor to meander from tree to tree. Each tree is labeled with common and Latin name and some trees have been given in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one.
Grisez is pronounced Griz-zay’. Ted worked for the US Forest Service and was a very active member of Audubon throughout his life.