The North Carolina Arboretum
The Bent Creek Institute was begun as a project of The North Carolina Arboretum
(TNCA). BCI is a close partner and top priority of TNCA and helps meet the Arboretum's research and economic development mission objectives.
The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.
Established in 1986 by the General Assembly as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina, the Arboretum was founded nearly a century after Frederick Law Olmsted, the 'Father of American Landscape Architecture', first envisioned such an institution near Asheville as part of his legacy to the Biltmore Estate.