Level 1 Accreditation for the MSSBG Arboretum by the ArbNet Program

M S Swaminathan Botanical Garden (MSSBG) has been awarded a Level 1 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. This 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 main attractions of MSSBG Arboretum are Eugenia argentea (a tree endemic to Nilgiri region of South Western Ghats, which had presumed to be extinct but found after140 years. It’s been conserved at MSSBG), Miliusa wayanadica & Miliusa gokhalaei, Memecylon clarkeanum (an endemic and threatened species of Sri Lanka and a new record of India). MSSBG is extending its service not only to conserve keystone plants and acting as a gene bank of plant diversity but it also offers its service in scientific training to students and researchers in bird, frog and butterfly diversity.