The Clark-Landsbaum Deming Park Holly Arboretum was developed and is
maintained by Friends of the Arboretum, Inc., an all volunteer, non-profit,
501(c)(3) organization, in partnership with The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation
Department. This partnership between a city administration and its
departments and private citizens who volunteer time, effort, and resources is
unique. Friends of the Arboretum, Inc. and the city of Terre Haute have made a
lasting commitment to the care and development of the Arboretum. The Arboretum
was designed to educate the public about holly and to provide a gift of beauty
to the community from its citizens.
A series of generous contributions were crucial to the development of the Arboretum. The Great Rivers Chapter of the Holly Society of America contributed time, advice, plants, and monetary support; The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department offered to assist in planting, maintaining, and caring for the Arboretum; TREES, Inc. (a local environmental and civic pride organization) donated money to offset cultural care expenses; Indiana State University's landscape architect created a master plan for growth and development and has offered space for a holly tree nursery; and organizations, foundations, businesses, labor unions, and individuals have contributed time, talent, and financial support.
The Arboretum was designated as an Official Holly Arboretum by the Holly Society
of America in 1998. Procedures are followed annually to maintain the Official status.