Crown Hill Arboretum Announced at Press Conference featuring Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett

On a windy, warm and sunny November 4th, with many trees still in their colorful autumn display, Crown Hill Foundation President David Rieck, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Arboretum Director Carrie Tauscher announced the establishment of the Crown Hill Arboretum, which was recently awarded a Level II Accreditation by ArbNet’s Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum for achieving specific standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanical gardens.

“We are honored to have received this accreditation from ArbNet,” said Crown Hill President David Rieck. “The Crown Hill Arboretum is now the only accredited arboretum in Indianapolis and Central Indiana as well as one of only five Level II or higher-accredited arboreta in the state of Indiana. It is also the third-largest non-governmental cemetery arboretum in the country.”

“Part of the mission of the Crown Hill Foundation is to preserve the natural heritage of the cemetery,” Rieck said. “A big part of that heritage is the landscape and the trees. Crown Hill is the largest canopy of trees inside the city of Indianapolis and provides many ecological benefits. By becoming an accredited arboretum, we are being intentional in the care, conservation and enhancement of our tree collection. In addition, we are committed to the education and engagement around trees and our natural environment.”

Mayor Joe Hogsett stated, “This accreditation is major news for Indy’s native trees and ecology. However, by preserving the integrity of some of the oldest growth in the city, Crown Hill Arboretum also contributes to the goals of Thrive Indianapolis — the city’s first sustainability strategy. Today’s recognition demonstrates that one of the most historic sites in our community is committed to a cleaner future.” He also encouraged the public to come out to Crown Hill and “enjoy this magnificent place, now an officially recognized arboretum. Indianapolis should be proud of this place.”