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Master Plan

The campus collection


Plants are maintained on campus for a number of reasons depending on their desired function and the community they serve. New plant material is added to campus with sensitivity to environmental impact, management needs, and overall aesthetics. Certain species are most suitable for placement as single specimens while others perform better as a screen or mass in the landscape. There may be an academic reason to utilize a similar plant in several ways to illustrate its flexibility. Plants may support specific academic programs or reflect particular timing such as winter interest near a building which may be a winter commencement focal point or May blooms near a springtime destination. Dense masses may be used to direct pedestrian traffic or a distant specimen or spot of color may be used to lead the eye. Placement of plants may obscure the negative and frame the positive thereby creating a more pleasing environment.

Intricacy of a planting may be used to slow the pace and foster reflection, or guide the pace and move traffic. Communities of plants may be created to act as bioretention, habitat, or ecosystem illustration or to illuminate a class of plants such as herbaceous perennials, trees or flowering shrubs to name but a few. Several garden areas feature Maryland native species exclusively; plant material native to Maryland is located throughout campus however, the campus collection features species exotic to Maryland and to North America as a demonstration of the diversity of plants adapted to our region and used in the regional landscape. In all cases, plants must be installed and managed with purpose to achieve the highest use of both the plants and the space.