Andalusia is delighted to be 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. The ArbNet program is sponsored and coordinated by the Morton Arboretum in cooperation with the American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
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.
Locus amoenus, meaning pleasant place, is a term dating back to the Greek philosopher, Homer. It generally refers to a landscape with shade trees, water, and grassy areas.
Andalusia, situated along the banks of the Delaware River, with its landscape dominated by large specimen shade trees on a lawn surrounding a Greek-Revival mansion, has chosen to use this Greek/ Latin concept as the guiding principle for its Landscape Collections Policy.
Though rooted in the English Landscape tradition, Andalusia is not meant to be an historic landscape. Its gardens and grounds have continuously evolved since the late 18th Century. We believe the areas surrounding our historic national landmark building should serve to enhance our visitor’s experience, providing a place of beauty and serenity for all to enjoy. Therefore our plants are collected based on their ornamental value and whether they contribute to the sense of peace and enjoyment that we have carefully curated for our visitors. Of the almost 800 trees in our database, almost 50% are labeled in the field, with that number expected to rise over time.
Special Arbor Day Event
Friday, April 28, 2023
The Andalusia Foundation was excited to be awarded Level II accreditation by ArbNet in April 2020, and now recognized in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s tree-focused public gardens. The ArbNet program is sponsored and coordinated by the Morton Arboretum in cooperation with the American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
The estate, carefully maintained in the 19th-century tradition, contains more than 800 trees in the living collection including nearly 250 unique specimen and cultivars from around the world. Andalusia proudly displays over 400 labeled tree and plant taxa throughout the property.