In June 2023, Stratford Green was designated a Level I accredited arboretum by ArbNet, the interactive community of arboreta. Some of the benefits of becoming an arboretum include recognition for achievement of professional practices, earning distinction in our and surrounding communities, enhancing educational opportunities, identifying opportunities for collaboration with other arboreta for scientific, collections or conservation activities, and, long-term, identifying and applying for local and national funding grants. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.
Stratford Green was created in the 1920s and follows Olmsted Design Principles by creating a pastoral space with native plants, rare trees and flowering shrubs that are a fitting backdrop for its famous Spring tulip display in Sherwood Gardens. Stratford Green has a wonderful collection of trees, with a growing emphasis on native trees. Currently, the arboretum contains 72 varieties of trees/woody plant species and a total of 146 trees. The collection includes some mature elms, oaks, sweet gums, and bald cypress. A variety of crab apples, cherry trees and magnolias provide spring color along with native redbuds, dogwoods and serviceberry. Specimen American hollies are found along some of the garden borders.