Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why establish an arboretum at a retirement community?
A: Trees and shrubs on the Kendal Crosslands campus are among its most compelling features and they deserve to be celebrated for their beauty, their contribution to our quality of life, and their potential to attract new residents.

Q: What is an accredited arboretum?
A: An accredited arboretum is one recognized by the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program of the Morton Arboretum as having met certain professional standards at any of four levels. The Kendal Crosslands Arboretum currently meets the Level One requirement that requires a minimum of 25 different kinds (species or varieties) of trees or woody plants which have been documented, identified, and labeled by their scientific name and cultivar if applicable.

Q: How many trees are in the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum?
A: More than 400 mature trees are labeled in the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum. Of these trees, more than one hundred (representing 128 species) are newly labeled.

Q: How were trees on the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum List selected?
A: For optimal visibility, unique trees on the Kendal Crosslands campus closest to walkways and drives were selected. Each is labeled to denote genus, species, cultivar name if applicable, and nativity.

Q: How is the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum administered?
A: The Kendal Crosslands Arboretum Joint Committee consists of residents from each community; they work with the KCC Staff Horticulturist.

Q: What about public access?
A: The Kendal Crosslands campus is already open to the public and at least one public educational program per year is planned. All walks are handicap accessible.

Q: How may I visit the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum?
A: Click on "How to Find Us". Visit the reception area in each community to pick up a tree list and maps. Review the tree lists and maps here. Guided tours for groups are available by calling the KCC Staff Horticulturist at (610) 388-5558 at least one week ahead. No dogs please!

Q: How can I help?
A: Tax deductible donations may be made to the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum Fund which supports the maintenance of existing trees and the purchase of new ones. For more information, go to Donate. Suggestions and support are welcome. Please click Contact Us to send an email with your comments..