Newton Cemetery's Arboretum accreditation renewed

Newton Cemetery & Arboretum has renewed its Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. Newton Cemetery & Arboretum is also recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.

The management and staff are proud and honored receive the renewal of Arbnet’s accreditation as a Level II Arboretum. It formally recognizes the Newton Cemetery & Arboretum’s commitment to its woody plant collection and grounds care. The designation is the culmination of years of ongoing work. “ArbNet accreditation affirms the Cemetery’s commitment to the professional care of its arboretum collection and urban forest. Protecting our trees is a vital part of our mission to provide public access to greenspace in an urban setting and to be good stewards of the land,” says Abigale Parker, the Director of Horticulture Operations.

Tree tours are held regularly, but visitors can explore on their own using the self-guided tour available on-line and at the Cemetery office. In addition, Newton Cemetery is working with Bartlett Tree Experts on documenting the trees on the property. More than 2,500 will be physically tagged, logged into a geo-database, and ultimately made available to the public.

Visitors also have the unique opportunity to appreciate a rare specimen tree, the Newton Sentry Sugar Maple. It is the first identified tree of its kind, discovered at the original Claflin School in Newtonville by J.F.C. Hyde, Newton’s first mayor. It was moved to its present location in the Cemetery in 1885. The Cemetery staff has collaborated with the Arnold Arboretum and Mount Auburn Cemetery to propagate new plants from the original Newton Sentry Maple so more can be planted on the grounds.

Trees are planted regularly throughout the new and historic areas according to the Cemetery’s “Horticultural Master Plan”. Newly planted trees are available to sponsor and sponsorship includes a plaque at the tree. The “Sponsor a Tree” program offers a way to dedicate a tree as a living tribute while supporting the ongoing planting program. More information is available at


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