Purdue Arboretum Receives Level II Accreditation

THE PURDUE ARBORETUM AWARDED LEVEL II ACCREDITATION BY ARBNET ARBORETUM ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

LISLE, IL (April 8, 2013) – The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that The Purdue Arboretum has been awarded a Level II Accreditation. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, The Purdue Arboretum is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.

“The Purdue Arboretum is proud and excited to be recognized as an Accredited Level II Arboretum,” says Andrea N. Brennan, collections manager for The Purdue Arboretum. “Becoming accredited through ArbNet and The Morton Arboretum supports and promotes the mission of The Purdue Arboretum, which strives to educate and connect with students, researchers, and the public. The Purdue Arboretum can now more easily communicate and collaborate with other peer institutions to exchange ideas, promote learning, and fulfill its educational mission.”

The Purdue Arboretum aims to collect and display woody landscape plants in a way that enhances the educational, research and outreach mission of Purdue University, promoting environmental sustainability and increasing the beauty of the Purdue campus. As a landscape arboretum, the Arboretum has a primary mission to collect and display the best woody plant species and cultivars for use in managed landscapes of Indiana and the greater Midwestern U.S. Plants typical of Indiana and surrounding regions receive special emphasis. However, collections of exotic plants are also developed with an aim to expand teaching, research and outreach activities and future opportunities.

Open accessibility to The Purdue Arboretum resources, including thoroughly labeled specimens and catalogued information, is a major goal of the arboretum. The arboretum’s newest initiative, called Scan, Link, and Learn involves an extensive, interactive mobile-learning platform and database that is presently in construction and will be launched to the public summer 2013. Building this resource has consisted of, in part, the geo-location of all woody plants and landscape features and the successive labeling of these plants and features. Users will be able to scan QR codes on the plant and landscape feature labels, link to that plant’s page on the website, and learn by using the wide expanse of information available on the website and database for all aspects of the arboretum.

About the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This international initiative offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Accreditation is based on self-assessment and documentation of an arboretum’s level of achievement of accreditation standards. Standards include planning, governance, labeling of species, staff or volunteer support, public access and programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.