John A. Finch Arboretum
The John A. Finch Arboretum is located in southwest Spokane on 65 acres of wooded hills. The Arboretum is a botanical collection of trees and woody plants that have been labeled for field study. The collection has been planted along the Garden Springs Creek and contains a wide variety of native and cultivated plant aerial compatible with growing conditions in Spokane. View some of the flora varieties in the photo album below:
Visitors to the Arboretum can enjoy the varied landscapes which range from a native pine forest to a shady glen filled with rhododendrons. There are seasonal activities planned year-round and tours are available.
Arboretum grounds are open daily during standard park hours. Admission is free. Download the Walking Guide on the right for a self-guided tour of some of the Arboretum's collections and specimen trees. For additional information please call the Arboretum at 509.624.4832.
For information on the Woodland Center, contact Kathi Young by phone at 509.363.5457 or by email.
About John A. Finch
Born in England, John Finch came to America when he was a boy and eventually settled in Spokane where he partnered with Amasa B. Campbell, who became his neighbor in Browne's Addition. Together, Finch and Campbell invested heavily in Coeur d'Alene mining operations and developed the Gem, Standard, and Hecla Silver Mines. Finch was also president of many businesses including the White and Bender Company, Coeur d'Alene Hardware Company, Blalock Fruit Company, and the National Lumber and Box Company. He was elected to the Idaho State Senate in 1891. John Finch died in 1915, leaving 60% of his fortune to his wife and 40% to charity and civic enterprises.