Cemeteries as Arboretums

Cemetery & Arboretum
Tavares, Florida

Through participation in AIB, Tavares, Florida was exposed to cemeteries around the country that double as arboretums. After visiting the Morton Arboretum in Illinois and later perusing their website, we learned about ArbNet, an accrediting branch of the arboretum. Tavares decided to pursue gaining accreditation for our cemetery as an arboretum. After three years of adding trees to meet the minimum for Level 1 Accreditation we met our goal and became the first cemetery in the state of Florida to become dually accredited as an arboretum. Naturally, this has driven more funding to support these endeavors as well as a new entry gate for the Cemetery & Arboretum.