Campus Creek Restoration

  • Posted on: 8 April 2020
  • By: msmolins

If you parked in Lot 6, or noticed the construction behind Oakland Hall along Hwy 193, you may have seen our Campus Creek restoration in progress this past fall. Read on for more information about this important project from our campus Stormwater Manager and Maintenance Inspector, Michael Carmichael. 

Take Ten Minutes Outside

  • Posted on: 26 February 2020
  • By: msmolins

In a new collaborative study out of UMD and Cornell University, researchers find that as little as 10 minutes of leisure time experiencing nature can measurably improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

UMD Receives 2019 Tree Campus USA Recognition

  • Posted on: 30 January 2020
  • By: msmolins

The University of Maryland was honored with the 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management—an honor that has been bestowed to the UMD Arboretum for twelve consecutive years. The university is one of only 25 institutions nationally who can claim this impressive distinction.

Walk with an Arborist...and Your Baby!

  • Posted on: 29 January 2020
  • By: msmolins

The University of Maryland's Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is offering a new program for new parents, Walk with an Arborist...and Your Baby!

Arboretum Honored with Grand Award at 2019 Green Star Awards Program

  • Posted on: 9 January 2020
  • By: msmolins

The University of Maryland Facilities Management department is proud to announce that the UMD Arboretum was named the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) 2019 Green Star Grand Award recipient for excellence in grounds management for an urban university.

The Lowdown on Lanternflies

  • Posted on: 3 October 2019
  • By: msmolins

Colorful but destructive to a whole passel of desirable plants, spotted lanternflies are swarming and bumbling (because they don’t actually fly all that well) south from Pennsylvania.

Chesapeake Bay Health Improving Over Time

  • Posted on: 1 October 2019
  • By: msmolins

The overall health of the Cheseapeake Bay has been improving over time. This is the direct result of the collaboration of thousands of organizations and institutions and millions of homeowners in the Chespeake Bay Watershed, including the University of Maryland. Our efforts to keep Campus Creek, Guildford Run, Paint Branch, and our other water areas on campus clean and healthy all add up to a cleaner Bay. Read on for the full report. 

Five Sustainability Fund Projects That Changed UMD

  • Posted on: 19 September 2019
  • By: msmolins

The Arboretum works to support the sustainable goals set by the University's Office of Sustainability. Read here about how one of our gardens came to be, thanks to the Sustainability Fund. 

Walk with a Horticulturist

  • Posted on: 15 August 2019
  • By: msmolins

Did you know that the entire University of Maryland campus is an arboretum and botanical garden? We've expanded our popular Walk with an Arborist programs to include Walk with a Horticulturist for the fall semester. Enjoy an early morning walk around some of the highlights of our gardens and grounds with our arborists and horticulturists, learning more about the plants we have on campus, our sustainability efforts to help us move towards a carbon-neutral campus, and the challeneges we face as an urban university. 

Meet the Beetles

  • Posted on: 17 July 2019
  • By: msmolins


”The Bug Guy” Explains Population Surge in Creepy Critters, Along With Fireflies

Maybe a green intruder scurrying down your shirt gave you the heebie-jeebies at a barbecue, or an in-law arched an eyebrow—devastatingly—at the state of your grub-damaged lawn. Perhaps instead of every rose having its thorn, every rose has its chomping insect.

These are just some of the potential effects of this summer’s surging beetle mania. According to entomology Professor Mike Raupp, aka “The Bug Guy,” bumper crops of scarab beetles, including chafers, Japanese beetles, Asiatic garden beetles and May/June beetles, are scuttling in high numbers across our region.