EDINBORO, Pa. – Goodell Gardens & Homestead in Edinboro 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. Goodell Gardens & Homestead 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.

Goodell Gardens & Homestead was established in 2001, and opened to the public in 2004. Specimen trees at Goodell Gardens include Franklinia, Dawn Redwood, and the Pennsylvania State Champion Paper Birch, just to name a few. Goodell Gardens is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 1- Oct. 31, and offers self-guided tours, guided tours for groups of 5 or more with appointment, field trips, classes, a farmers market, festivals and concerts.

“Reaching official accredited arboretum status is something we’re absolutely proud to announce. Our Gardener Kristen Rater worked tirelessly to catalogue the trees, shrubs, and woody plants on our site, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see her hard work pan out,” Goodell Gardens Executive Director Amber Wellington said. “Our interim site plan features many more trees and shrubs, so keep your eye on our grounds this fall, because you’ll see even more trees soon!”

About Goodell Gardens & Homestead
Goodell Gardens & Homestead is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create a public garden and arboretum, and community greenspace on the 78-acre Goodell family farm within the borough of Edinboro, Pennsylvania by emulating the Goodell family passion for gardening and horticulture. Memberships help to financially support the Gardens, and start at just $30 per year. For more information, visit

About ArbNet
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 Association and 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