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The Lovett Pinetum began with Dr. Robert Lovett’s enthusiasm for conifers. On 14 acres near Springfield, Missouri, he began experimenting with planting several different species of pine starting in 1970 and continuing through today. In 1997, Lovett Pinetum was formed as a nonprofit to continue the further development and management of the collection. Today the pinetum has grown to 108 acres in Missouri and includes a 43 acres site in east Texas. The Missouri site includes two natural springs and extensive plantings of native flora that complement the collections plantings. The Pinetum collection includes more than 500 species, varieties, and cultivars of conifers.