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Plymouth Place Awarded Level One Accreditation by ArbNet Accreditation Program

ArbNet LogoPlymouth Place in La Grange Park, Ill. 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. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. Plymouth Place 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.

Established in 1944 as a center for healthy living, Plymouth Place is constantly pursuing excellence and reshaping the senior living experience. One of its many premium amenities is the stunning 17-acre arboretum that surrounds the retirement community.

With over 360 trees representing 36 different species, including Oak, Maple River Birch, Ginkgo and others, the Plymouth Place arboretum stands out as a unique destination. Some of the arboretum’s signature trees include a mature stand of Baldcypress and a Gingko tree estimated to be 100 years old. The arboretum is also home to a heritage garden where residents transplanted perennials to be preserved from recent construction activities and bricks salvaged from the former cottage homes that stood on the property. Plymouth Place is also home to a half-acre roof garden host to numerous shrubs, perennials, and other butterfly friendly plants.

“For years, our residents have inventoried, cared for, and enjoyed the trees and landscape on our property,” said Jay Biere, CEO and President of Plymouth Place. “The horticulture committee is engaged with the community and has a mission to educate, preserve, and grow the arboretum into the special place it has become. Receiving an ArbNet Level 1 accreditation not only adds credibility and value to our overall healthy living mission but also makes the residents proud that their efforts are recognized by an esteemed organization.”

About Plymouth Place

Plymouth Place is a non-profit retirement community in La Grange Park, Ill., offering independent living, as well as a full continuum of compassionate senior care. A center for healthy living, Plymouth Place is constantly pursuing excellence and reshaping the senior living experience. Our unwavering focus is to foster true independence and daily fulfillment, offering residents vibrant social gatherings and lifelong learning opportunities and friendships. Our premium services and amenities inspire healthy living. More information about Plymouth Place can be found here.

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

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