“The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum: Urban Inspiration” by Connie Veates


Connie Veates

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum: Urban Inspiration
By Connie Veates, Co-Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Trees Atlanta

Last week almost 150 people attended Trees Atlanta’s first Atlanta Canopy Conference.  The key theme for this inaugural conference was the importance of preserving Atlanta’s canopy (currently calculated as 48% city-wide) and the importance of arboreta, especially as inspiration to urban dwellers about how they might support and improve the canopy in their own neighborhoods.

One of the best examples in Atlanta of an arboretum is the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. This extensive collection of trees and plants provides shade, beauty, and a home for wildlife. And the Arboretum will continue to grow as the Westside Trail and Eastside Trail extensions are planned to open next year.

Trees Atlanta recently received exciting news from the Morton Arboretum in Chicago… our application to have the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum certified was approved! The Morton Arboretum created the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program to establish and share a widely recognized set of industry standards to provide a method for benchmarking and developing arboreta. This program recognizes arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. No other international program of accreditation exists that is specific to arboreta.