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Arbnet: Tawes Garden Awarded Level I

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden in Annapolis, MD has been awarded a Level I Accreditation. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, Tawes Garden is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.

"This arboretum certification validates the over 35 plus years of hard work and dedication of many garden supporters to bring the vision of an accessible botanical garden featuring the native environs of Maryland to a reality," says Jay Myers, manager at Tawes Garden.

Sometimes referred to as "Annapolis's best kept secret," the Tawes Garden is nestled amid state government office buildings that include the headquarters of the Department of Natural Resources. The garden is named in honor of Mrs. J. Millard Tawes, a former first lady of Maryland. She and Governor Tawes were the state's gracious hosts from 1959-1967.

Sprouting from a flat cinder lot in 1975, the garden has matured into an Annapolis destination with representations of the state's various geographic areas featured in this five-acre garden in the heart of the city. In addition to pleasant ponds and many cultivated plantings, the barrier-free garden has a "Maryland-in-miniature" theme containing a Western Maryland forest, a streamside environment and an Eastern Shore peninsula.

This award winning garden is open daily from dawn until dusk; admission and guided tours are free of charge.

About the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This international initiative offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Accreditation is based on self-assessment and documentation of an arboretum's level of achievement of accreditation standards. Standards include planning, governance, labeling of species, staff or volunteer support, public access and programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.