Stroll our arboretum and botanical gardens
Behind Kimpton The Forum Hotel, a verdant world unfolds before your eyes. A five-acre arboretum and botanical gardens feature lush greenery, a collection of walking trails, a tranquil pond and several gathering places, including an outdoor amphitheater and event lawn. Eclectic flora are separated into distinctly curated gardens representing the global connections of the UVA Darden School of Business. The arboretum extends to the Rivanna Trail, which connects North Grounds to the larger Charlottesville community. Created to encourage mindfulness, wellness and reflection with nature, the arboretum honors UVA founder Thomas Jefferson's profound interest in the natural world.