SPOTLIGHT: Paxson Hill Farm

Awarded Level I Accreditation by ArbNet Accreditation Program

Paxson Hill Farm in New Hope has been awarded a Level I Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular 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. 

Paxson Hill Farm 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.

Paxson Hill Farm was formed on 30 acres of recovered farmland in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania to celebrate, enhance and maintain a diverse assemblage of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants in varied habitats. The collection was established in 1997 and has grown substantially since its inception. Thus far, over 200 species have been cataloged in an ongoing effort to document the collection that numbers in the thousands. 

The arboretum gardens were designed by Horticulturist Bruce Gangawer to serve as a place of recreation, education, beauty, art and as a natural inspiration for local, regional and out-of-state visitors who vary in their horticultural awareness. 

Paxson Hill’s plantings reflect the goal of building an aesthetic appreciation of wide-ranging natural habitats including designed mixed border gardens, landscaped grounds, natural woodlands, wetlands, a conifer garden and formal plantings. 

They serve to educate visitors in plant identification and the unique characteristics and care of native and exotic species. 

Bruce Gangawer, Paxson Hill Farm’s President, stated, “Recognition of Paxson Hill Farm by ArbNet’s Arboretum Accreditation Program distinguishes our team’s ongoing hard work and creativity in garden design and supports us in our mission-related goals to bring the natural beauty of our garden to the community.”

Paxson Hill Farm is a 30-acre property in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The farm is home to a plant nursery, animals and beautiful gardens.

The nursery grows various rare and exotic perennials, annuals and trees. Paxson Hill Farm has grown into one of the area’s most unique and beautiful places to visit in Bucks County.

The gardens include: shade gardens, formal gardens, ponds, bell garden, a place called “the land of misfit plants” and there are always more unique gardens projects underway. Many pleasant surprises await the visitor around each bend. 

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PHOTO CAP: Paxson Hill Farm in New Hope has been awarded accreditation as an Arboretum by ArbNet and The Morton Arboretum.

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