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The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Though its goals and efforts were always expansive, a statewide network of gardens has been at the core from its beginning. Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City was desig- nated the first accredited arboretum in 1976. Today, the network of arboreta, parks, historic properties and other public and private landscapes stretches from border to border, boasting 95 affiliated sites in more than 50 Nebraska communities.