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Red Maple tree leaves in Fall

Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The University of Maryland's 1250 acre College Park campus is a convenient and easily accessible arboretum.

Nova Zembla Rhodi


The gardens and landscaping on the University campus are cared for and maintained year round. Each season has its own highlights and appeal.

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The University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Gardens work to promote the University’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. 

Students planting trees.


We have many and varied opportunities for people to help us beautify our campus landscape while spending time in the great outdoors.

Bee pollinating white flowers.


The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens partners formally and informally with several departments on campus to further the educational experience of students and visitors.


What's Happening at the Arboretum

  • UMD Sparks Partnership With Pepco on Green Projects

    An overgrown alleyway blooms into an oasis for walkers and cyclists, city parks shed creeping invasive species and solar lighting illuminates neighborhood pathways. These are among the 11 projects set to receive a portion of $125,000 from Pepco and the University of Maryland’s Sustainable Maryland program as part of the Sustainable Communities Grant Program, a new partnership between the D.C.-area utility and UMD’s statewide “greening program” to advance local sustainability projects.

  • Employee Spotlight: Joseph Cook, Jr.

    Joe Cook With Large Willow Oak on McKeldin Mall, 11.17.22 Photo by Sam Bahr

  • Beauty Rising From the Ash Forest in Crisis

    A lush ash forest

  • American Chestnuts on Campus

    American chestnuts, Castanea dentata, are majestic deciduous trees that once filled forests across the eastern United States. A mature American chestnut can reach an impressive size, it can grow over a hundred feet tall with a 10-foot trunk diameter.

  • Land Acknowledgement

    Land Acknowledgement Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them, around the world, who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy into making the history that led to this moment.

  • July 12 Surprise Storm

    August 31, 2022 Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, severe thunderstorms hit the College Park area producing straight-line winds, hail, and heavy rain. Peak wind gusts estimated at 80-90 MPH (equivalent to a low-end EF1 tornado) caused tornado-like damage throughout the College Park area including widespread power outages, downed trees, flooding and building damage.

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