Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program Renews Accreditation from ArbNetANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY— The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College has renewed its Level II accreditation with ArbNet, an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta and tree-focused professionals. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help tree-based botanical gardens meet their institutional goals and works to help elevate practices through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. Bard College is also being recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
“Bard Arboretum is honored to be included in the ArbNet accreditation program,” said Amy Parrella, director of horticulture and the arboretum at Bard. “It is truly the only formal program in the US that recognizes and awards arboretums for achieving very high standards of excellence.”
ArbNet’s accreditation program is sponsored and coordinated by the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. For more information, visit arbnet.org.
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College preserves and enhances the natural and landscaped resources of the College’s nearly 1000-acre campus in the Hudson River Valley and promotes knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and conservation. The Bard campus is comprised of meadows, forests, wetlands, tidal estuary, and a Hudson River tributary, namely the Sawkill Creek. The campus landscape also contains many 200-year-old trees and is part of the 32-mile Hudson River National Historic Landmark District. The Landscape and Arboretum Program aims to provide a campus environment rich in horticultural diversity and beauty that can be readily enjoyed by the College and surrounding community. For more information, visit bard.edu/arboretum.
About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 13 programs; eight early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 163-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
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