Andalusia Historic House and Gardens can now add Arboretum to its name after being awarded Level II accreditation by ArbNet and is now recognized in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s tree-focused public gardens.
It is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards, including planning, governance, number of species, staff or volunteer support, education and public programming, as well as tree science research and conservation.
Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum is located on a wooded promontory overlooking the Delaware River 13 miles upstream from Philadelphia.
The 100-acre property is the ancestral home of the Biddle family and is a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular formal gardens.
The centerpiece of Andalusia is the “Big House,” the early nineteenth century Greek Revival mansion with its monumental columned porch, placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1966.
The estate, carefully maintained in the 19th century tradition, is home to more than 800 trees in the living collection including nearly 250 unique specimen and cultivars from around the world.
The Andalusia Foundation was created in 1980 in order to maintain and preserve this national living treasure for the benefit of the public.
“ArbNet international accreditation connects Andalusia to a global collaboration that shares tree collections information to advance education, management, science, and conservation,” says Connie S. Griffith Houchins, Executive Director of the Andalusia Foundation. “We’re pleased to be recognized for our diverse plant collections and land management practices, and will continue to work toward higher levels of professional standards. We look forward to sharing our beautiful gardens and arboretum with visitors from both near and far.”
Check Andalusia’s website and social media channels for photos and updated information on the temporary closure of the site during the COVID-19 crisis.