Through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, arboreta, botanic gardens and other significant collections receive recognition. This is determined by their levels of development, capacity and professionalism.
The quality of the living collections, record keeping, education and public programs, scientific research, conservation initiatives, as well as public and volunteer programs is all reviewed as part of the assessment process.
Currently, only 328 arboreta and botanic gardens in 23 countries are accredited by ArbNet. Of the four levels of accreditation (I, II, III, IV), Level IV is highest. Our three Gardens are among 28 public botanic gardens around the world, and the first in Australia, to achieve Level IV accreditation.
A collaborative global community
ArbNet accreditation can only be achieved by meeting extensive collections criteria. This demonstrates that there are dedicated arboriculture, horticulture, science and conservation staff members available for collaboration on tree-related issues.
Also required is maintenance of institutional capacity and stability, and a commitment to hold and safeguard trees of conservation value.
This collaborative global community of arboreta and botanic gardens, along with tree-focused professionals, facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience and resources, helping to achieve institutional goals and raise professional standards.
We see ArbNet accreditation as signifying our commitment to be an active and relevant contributor to the international community of tree- focused institutions and professionals. It will provide a fantastic platform to build relationships with other arboreta and botanic gardens, particularly across North America.
We look forward to continued collaboration and information sharing to achieve common goals in tree conservation and improved quality of international arboriculture.
If you would like more information about the Living Collection visit Garden Explorer to find what plants we have and where they can be found across the three gardens.