John Bartram Arboretum

The John Bartram Arboretum

 Kendal at Oberlin

 Kendal at Oberlin is open to outside visitors. But, if you are unwell, please visit us when you have recovered. Masks are optional except in our Care Center where they are required do to a recent outbreak of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza.


Visitors to the Arboretum may wish to use digital maps that depict featured collections (the GIS map) and other trees in the collection shown on the ArborScope map (note the aerial view of this map is about 8 years old and does not show newer costruction.

Trees and climate change! Kendal at Oberlin and The John Bartram Arboretum strive to do our part to reverse the climate crisis. To review these efforts, including planting trees that are champions at Carbon dioxide removal and the urban forest, iinstalling solar panels and encouraging electric vehicles see our blog page.


This is a perfect time for residents, visitors and staff to walk the Heiser Circle Tree Walk perhaps while using the Tree Walk GIS Map. To access the map follow the Tree Data, Walks and Maps tab at the top of the page. Then click on Map about half-way down the page.

The John Bartram Arboretum is an integral component of Kendal at Oberlin’s green infrastructure. The Arboretum is managed primarily by the Grounds department of Kendal at Oberlin’s Facility Services (Grounds) with guidance and assistance from the Arboretum Committee of the Kendal at Oberlin Residents Association.  We have a full-time certified arborist and Curator who manages most of day-to-day aspects of our collection. The residents who first envisioned the arboretum saw our more than 1,000 trees and 100 acres as an opportunity to enhance the lives of Kendal residents by creating a sustainable ecosystem for enjoying nature’s beauty, exercising, watching birds, and, of course, planting and fostering the growth and appreciation of trees.Bartram

As a community based on Quaker values, we decided to name our arboretum in honor of John Bartram (1699 - 1777), a Pennsylvania Quaker and friend of Benjamin Franklin who is known as America’s first botanist. Bartram traveled widely in the colonies, including trips to Ohio, collecting and cataloging plant specimens and seeds. Many of these were shipped in “Bartram’s Boxes” for sale in Europe. His introduction of the American Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Europe created a sensation when it was first seen. This inspired us to designate the Tulip Tree as the signature tree of the arboretum.

New at the Arboretum

Follow the What's New? to view our new additions.

Featured tree, the American beech (Fagus grandifolia)

A brief history of the John Bartram Arboretum, 2015 - 2024

Arbor Day 2024 events at the Arboretum

For new training opportunities offered by the Ohio Independent Arborist's Association follow the What's New link above.

Mission Statement

 The mission of The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin is to be a model of responsible urban arboriculture to engage, sustain, and educate our residents and the broader community.


In October, 2022, The John Bartram Arboretum at Kendal at Oberlin was accredited as a Level II Arboretum by Arbnet, the international community of arboreta and other tree-focused institutions founded and run by the Morton Arboretum. Thus, we joined Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands among the continuing care retirement communities that support accredited arboreta on their grounds.The Arboretum is also a Tree Campus Healthcare Facility.

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