The “Stichting Nationale Plantencollectie” (SNP) came into existence in 1988, evolving out of a unique cooperation between botanical gardens: ‘Stichting Nederlandse Plantentuinen’ (Foundationd of Dutch Plant gardens).
When, in 1998, the union “Vereniging NVBT” was founded, the SNP changed its name into ‘Stichting Nationale Plantencollectie’. This is a better specification of what the Foundation aims at: ‘preserving and maintaining, interlinking and coordinating the National Collection of Plants’.
A large part of the collections of the Belmonte Arboretum are part of the ‘Nationale Plantencollectie’ (NP), comprising a large number of scientifically reliably conserved collections of living plants. It concerns plant collections that are extremely valuable in eductional, historical or social respect.
All NP-collections are managed by botanical gardens, falling under the ‘Stichting Nationale Plantencollectie’. Collections in the Belmonte Arboretum that fall under ‘NP’ are, for example, the species Rhododendron and Roses, their main representatives being the Roses, Ornamental Cherries, Ornamental Apples, Pears, Hawthorns and Rowanberries. Ot these trees and shrubs you will find an abundance in the Arboretum on the ‘Wageningse Berg’.