The Founders’ Grove is located in the southeast corner of the Arboretum and is home to the first trees planted on the Arboretum grounds beginning in 1978. Board members celebrated the purchase of the 40 acres of farmland by participating in tree planting. The State Champion Southwestern White Pine, Pinus strobiformis, was planted in 1970 in this collection. Another notable tree is a compact sugar maple, Acer saccharum ‘Kompact’. Planted in 1981, this tree was propagated from one found on “K” Street in Cedar Rapids by Al Ferguson. It has an upright teardrop shaped silhouette. Be sure to look for it in the fall when its leaves turn a brilliant golden orange color.