Formal gardens are becoming increasingly rare. They are difficult to build and expensive to maintain because of the labor necessary to plant, weed, and change displays with each season. Despite these almost insurmountable difficulties, the staff as Lasdon Arboretum manages to get the job done. An expansive park, with woods land trails and open fields, it is the formal gardens that give the place its splendor. Centered on a flowing fountain the gardens are a riot of color and life. The visitor is invited to relax and enjoy this, while perhaps, having a stroll through the fields and woods as well.