January 21, 2020 —In celebration of its fifth anniversary, ArbNet provides funding to The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin and five other institutions in the United States and Mexico.
ArbNet, the global community of arboreta and other tree-focused institutions, has awarded The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin a grant for $1,000. Funding is provided through ArbNet’s 5th Anniversary Capacity Building Grant.
This new grant program was developed to support ArbNet-accredited arboreta seeking to advance their professional capacity in arboretum management, education and public engagement, tree collections, or tree science and conservation.
“The John Bartram Arboretum is deeply grateful to receive this ArbNet 5th Anniversary Grant, and to be one of only six grant recipients is a tremendous honor.” said Larry Dunn, Chair of the Kendal resident Arboretum Committee. “We will use the grant monies to partially fund a pilot test to remedy the issue of tree root suffocation, with training and assistance from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program.” Dunn continued. The arboretum will also host a workshop, in collaboration with the Ohio Independent Arborists Association, on remediation and revitalization methods for tree care professionals from around the Northeast Ohio region.
“The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin was selected largely because its project was found to be collaborative, innovative, and have a broad impact on the arboretum community,” said Nicole Cavender, vice president of science and conservation at The Morton Arboretum. “ArbNet is proud to support projects that will not only educate visitors and advance tree conservation, but could also serve as blueprints for arboreta around the world.“
In addition to The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin, the ArbNet 5th Anniversary Capacity Building Grant recipients also include:
- Welkinweir Arboretum, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
- Vallarta Botanical Garden, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, Atlanta, Georgia
- The Belton Memorial Park Arboretum, Belton, Missouri
- Southern New Hampshire University Arboretum, Manchester, New Hampshire
About The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin
The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin, was accredited as a Level 1 arboretum in 2015 by ArbNet, the global network of arboreta founded by the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. This is the only arboretum in Northeast Ohio which resides on the grounds of a retirement community (Kendal at Oberlin). Stewardship of the arboretum’s 100+ acre grounds, ensures its conservation as a place where trees and other plants are grown for enjoyment, education and celebration of the natural environment…a place where Kendal residents, staff and the greater community can benefit from for years to come.
About Kendal at Oberlin
Kendal at Oberlin is founded on Quaker values, offering older people a vibrant, diverse, caring community. It offers individual lifestyles by promoting independence, continuous learning, social relationships and excellence in health care. Kendal at Oberlin is a continuing care community serving 300+ older adults, from 36 states. Kendal at Oberlin offers a culturally rich setting on a 110 acre campus, with Oberlin College and its Conservatory of Music as neighbors.
Established by The Morton Arboretum, ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.