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Arboretum gets new accreditation

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was recently awarded a Level IV Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.

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Aerial view of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Oct. 7. Photo by Norbert Lucas.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was recently awarded a Level IV Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism. The Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants. Out of 418 arboreta accredited globally, the Arboretum is among the top 30 arboreta who meet the most rigorous criteria to earn a level IV accreditation

“The ArbNet accreditation recognizes the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s long term and effective work to evaluate, display and introduce diverse trees adapted to one of the coldest parts of the United States,” says Arboretum Director Peter Moe. “The accreditation also highlights our work in plant conservation in Minnesota and providing small tree conservation grants to gardens in developing countries around the world.”

Established in 1958, the mission of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is to welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. The Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center comprises 1,200 acres of gardens, collections, natural areas and research nurseries.

The Arboretum has 49 gardens and model landscapes, and 44 plant collections, including major collections of crabapple, pine, maple, roses, ornamental grasses and the major groups of herbaceous perennials. The pine and grass collections are recognized by the American Public Gardens Association as part of the North American Plant Collections Consortium.

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