The John Bartram Arboretum is the only such facility in Northeast Ohio that can be on the grounds of a retirement community.
The sanctuary at Kendal at Oberlin was recently accredited by ArbNet as a level one arboretum.
Stewardship of Kendal’s more than 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.
Many conversations among Kendal residents have sparked ideas that have contributed to the betterment of the community, with conservation and sustainability always at the forefront.
It was such a conversation between Ann and Jim Helm and Arlene and Larry Dunn, about trees on the Kendal campus, that led to the consideration of an arboretum.
With support from Kendal at Oberlin CEO Barbara Thomas and the horticulture committee, steps to establish the arboretum began. Grants and individual gifts followed.
The arboretum’s namesake is a noted Quaker naturalist and the first American-born botanist. The American tulip tree he favored is a signature of the site.
Courtesy photo A grand opening celebration will be held May 6 for the new John Bartram Arboretum. For details, see this week’s News-Tribune bulletin board.