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Kendal at Granville 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. One of the few (20) accredited arboreta in Ohio, Kendal at Granville 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.

Founded in 2005, Kendal at Granville is a Life Plan retirement community located on a 94-acre property on Columbus Road that features services for older adults including independent and assisted living homes as well as skilled and rehabilitative care. With over 60 species of trees and about 5 miles of walking trails, the campus is a great spot for nature-lovers to relax and unwind.

Kendal at Granville celebrated becoming a Level I Accredited Arboretum through ArbNet on Arbor Day (Friday, April 26, 2019) by planting an Ohio Buckeye Tree, the state tree of Ohio. Spearheaded jointly by Landscaping Manager Cindy Dill and the Landscaping Committee of Kendal at Granville’s Residents Association, this will be the first Buckeye tree on the Kendal campus.

Kendal at Granville’s Executive Director Doug Helman officiated over the ceremonial planting, with members of Dawes Arboretum in attendance: Luke Messinger-Executive Director, Leslie Bline-Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator and Greg Payton-Director of Living Collections. Don Hostetter – Chairman of Granville Tree and Landscape Committee, also spoke, thanking Kendal at Granville for offering another arboretum that the greater community may enjoy. Finally, residents Virgil Hoftiezer shared fun facts about the Buckeye tree, Harriet Stone (the first person to move into Kendal in 2005) spoke about previous tree plantings and chair Dave Skeen made comments on behalf of the members of the Landscape Committee, which also includes Jim Erickson, Vic Feldmiller, Rosemary Joyce and Bob Stowe.

“’Where is Kendal’s Buckeye Tree?’ is one of the most common questions we have had from residents and visitors alike, and it seemed like Arbor Day was a good time to plant a tree on-site that we can showcase,” Dill said. The botanical name for the Ohio Buckeye tree is Aesculus glabra, one of 13–19 species of Aesculus, also called horse chestnuts. The tree is native primarily to the Midwestern and lower Great Plains regions of the United States. The common name “Buckeye” was derived from the Native Americans who noticed that the glossy, chestnut-brown seeds with the lighter circular “eye” looked very similar to the eye of a buck (male) deer. Instantly dubbed “buckeye” in frontier speech, the mysterious nut was used as a general cure-all for generations.


Pictured from left: Resident Harriet Stone; Landscape Manager Cindy Dill; Bob Stowe; KAGRA President John Marshall; Landscape Chair Dave Skeen; Executive Director Doug Helman; committee members Virgil Hoftiezer and Jim Erickson.

There are currently 613 trees in the Kendal at Granville community, highlighted by a variety of oaks, elm hybrids, maples, dogwoods, cherries, birch and spruce. A spectacular Lacebark Elm is a highlight amongst the residential villas, and the native Black Tupelo was chosen as the signature tree of the Arboretum during the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the community. The trees on our campus are an integral part of the quality of life for our residents, staff and visitors. Proper planting, mulching and maintenance practices will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy a sustainable landscape, alongside almost 50 acres of native surrounding woodland and forested areas 

ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, in cooperation with American Public Gardens Associationand Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at


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