Newport Mansions Landscaping Accredited by International Group

Monday, October 19, 2015


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The 88 acres of land, including 1,800 trees, that is cared for by The Preservation Society of Newport County has been recognized and accredited as an official arboretum by the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation of The Morton Arboretum in Chicago.

 "This milestone puts us in excellent company. Other recent accreditations have gone to The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Arlington National Cemetery, and Longwood Gardens, as well as the Newport Tree Society for the Newport Arboretum. Joining that illustrious company is an honor and a testament to the hard work of our staff, and of our partners like Bartlett Tree Experts," said Trudy Coxe, Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director.

Accreditation of the Newport Mansions Arboretum recognizes that the Preservation Society meets several important criteria.

    •    an existing collections policy that outlines the care and maintenance of every tree;
    •    a professional staff in place to oversee operations;
    •    ongoing educational programming related to trees and landscape.

"Bartlett Tree Experts created a digital inventory of each of the 1,800 trees of 120 different species on our properties.  Each has been identified, GPS-mapped and evaluated, and has its own individual maintenance plan," said Preservation Society Curator of Historic Landscapes & Gardens Jim Donahue.

The goal of accreditation is to promote interaction and improved professional practices among arboretum operators.

The Preservation Society of Newport County

The Preservation Society of Newport County is a non-profit organization that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture.


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