Dutch Dendrological Association
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Listing last updated on 20 Oct 2021.
The NDV was founded in 1924 by a number of landscape architects and nurserymen who had encountered problems with accurate nomenclature of woody plants in nurseries. In the first 25 years, the primary theme of the association was the study of nomenclature.
The association was initially made up of people with a professional connection to the trees available in commerce. For many years, Mr S.G. A. Doorenbos, director of the Plantsoenendienst (Municipal Landscaping Service) in The Hague, served as chairman. In order to commemorate his service, the S.G.A. Doorenbos Medal was minted in 1978. It is awarded to people who have rendered outstanding service to the association and to dendrology.
In the early years, the NDV’s only publication was the yearbook. The association organised two meetings per year, a study day known as Dendrology Day and a two-day excursion, the Summer Meeting.
The yearbook was succeeded by Dendroflora, which has been published annually for 40 years jointly with the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society (Koninklijke Vereniging voor Boskoopse Culturen or KVBC). NDV established a newsletter was established which has since become its quarterly journal, Arbor Vitae. This journal is also a joint publication of NDV and KVBC.
The need for activities gradually grew within the association. There is now a very extensive annual program of events. Several years ago the association also began providing dendrological courses.