Did you also know that we donate figs to the University of Maryland's Campus Pantry? For the past five years, the Arboretum has donated fresh produce and herbs to the Pantry to supplement the dry goods that food insecure Terps receive from the Pantry. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have steadily increased our donations and in CY2020, we donated nearly 1200 lbs of produce. By not harvesting the figs, you help us assist those in our community who need it most.
These two Mountain Gordlinia trees (x Gordlinia) were planted in the fall of 2019 on Tawes Plaza.
A hardscape renovation was recently completed next to Rossborough Inn. This area remembers those enslaved people whose forced labor was part of the University's founding.
Notice anything different in front of Hornbake Library? We recently completed a renovation of Frederick Douglass Square.
Turning to hobbies can help us cope with stress, alleviate mental health issues, encourage an active lifestyle, and much more. But what if you don’t know what you'd like your hobby to be?
Have you spotted these boxes yet?
Lawnmower? Chainsaw? Incoming biplane? Space Godzilla vs. Mothra? Nope, that’s just the sound of the periodical cicada singing its little heart out. This spring, we will witness the emergence of Brood X and every tree, plant, picnic table, lawn, and flagpole in the area has the potential to be covered with these large, but unaggressive and interesting insects.
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped highlight the importance of walking as a critical aspect of human well-being, not only for transportation and access, but active recreation and exercise. This year, the UMD Department of Transportation Services, UMD Recreation & Wellness, UMD Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, UMD Residential Life , and UMD Office of Sustainability are partnering to promote Walk Maryland Day, October 7, 2020. Celebrate our official state exercise by exploring our new storymap and find a new corner of campus to emjoy! Use the toolkit here to find more tips and activities!
Did you know that not only is our entire campus a world-renowned arboretum, but that you can also perform your Day of Service with us? On September 11, 2020, Governor Hogan announced that all state employees would be granted administrative leave in order to volunteer. If you’ve been missing campus and your colleagues, we encourage you to consider volunteering with us here in our beautiful gardens and help cultivate our living campus.
The University of Maryland’s Community Learning Garden (CLG) was awarded funds from the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) and American Public Gardens Association who have partnered to offer support to established urban agriculture and other urban food-growing programs at public gardens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, $378,000 was awarded to 28 public gardens across the United States to help sustain urban agriculture and community food growing during this challenging time.