Greenwich Town Arboretum recognized

The Greenwich Town Arboretum was awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The Greenwich Town Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.

During the past ten years the Greenwich Tree Conservancy has been working with the Town of Greenwich in a public/private partnership in the greening of our urban forest, planting over 3,100 trees on public land.  

The roots of the Greenwich Town Arboretum began in, Bruce Park, located on 60 acres along the south side of Interstate 95. Greenwich’s oldest public park was established in 1908 through a bequest of Robert Moffat Bruce. The 125 acre Greenwich Town Arboretum began in 2017, by mapping, cataloging, and tagging our town trees in Bruce Park. When completed, the Arboretum will include: Bruce Park, Binney Park, Byram Park and the Montgomery Pinetum.

The Greenwich Town Arboretum is managed by the Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Parks and Trees and the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.  The Greenwich Tree Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3.

  • Bruce Spaman: Superintendent of Parks & Trees, Town Tree Warden
  • Stephan Gospodinoff Jr: Deputy Town Tree Warden
  • JoAnn Messina: Executive Director of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy
  • Lisa Beebe: Arboretum Curator

Mission and history of the arboretum

  • The Greenwich Tree Conservancy’s (GTC) mission is to protect and enhance our Arboretum, located throughout the Town of Greenwich, as a living museum of trees and plants and as a treasured community asset for current and future generations. Open and free to the public, our Arboretum collections have specimens from our native ecosystems and species representing important botanical diversity from around the world. The GTC promotes a deeper knowledge of trees and their value to our quality of life through public events, educational programs for both children and adults and through horticultural research. Our web presence provides information and resources for scientists, students and the interested public.

The GTC’s Executive Director, JoAnn Messina has stated: “Becoming an Internationally Accredited Arboretum Level II shines a light on the environmental assets that the Town of Greenwich has and the historic significance of our community forest which includes both public and private land.  Greenwich has over 100 trees listed in the Connecticut Notable Tree Project which includes CT’s largest and most historic trees. With this richness of historic forest resources the GTC encourages our community to preserve our natural assets, practice stewardship of resources and to plant trees that future generations can enjoy.”

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