Why is Newport “America’s Arboretum”?
In February 2016, Newport, Rhode Island officially became the first city in the United States to host four professionally accredited arboreta:
From historic Gilded Age landscapes still in cultivation today, to handwritten records of colonial-era hothouses that held specimens from all over the globe, Newport, Rhode Island is truly a living museum of American horticulture and landscape architecture. From its earliest days, Newport was a city of tree collectors and amateur botanists who reveled in the exploration of the planted world. In fact, at the turn of the last century, Newport’s collection of rare specimen trees was purported to rival that of Boston’s Arnold Arboretum.
Our legendary urban forest is now suffering from significant losses in its population of magnificent Gilded Age era trees. But our community has come together to take seriously the job of revitalizing our tree canopy and planting for the future. During Newport Arboretum Week, we invite you to explore your urban forest and take pride in the fact that you live in America’s Arboretum!