Arbor View closed permanently
Garden founders, caretakers to retire
Andy Gleisner, director of Arbor View Gardens, announced the Board of Directors has decided to close the public garden permanently.
He said this decision has been two years in the making, according to a press release sent to the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette.
Time has taken a toll on Andy and Sheri Gleisner, who can no longer be the principle caretakers of the extensive plantings.
Arbor View has never been able to garner enough support that would enable the institution to carry on into the future without the Gleisners.
“They have come to love this land as their home and have always believed the land should always be used as a precious resource to be passed on to future generations,” the press release said.
“The board wishes to thank the many loyal visitors over the years for their interest in the garden’s focus on conservation of native species and balanced living systems in an otherwise increasingly degraded natural world environment,” the Gleisners noted.
Arbor View is situated on 40 acres and has been opened to public visitation on special occasions several years prior to its full-time summer opening for 19 years.
The plan is to donate the Arbor View assets and 35 acres to an academic institution.
The Gleisners will continue to live on the remaining five acres.