Over the next few days, you may find yourself wondering “what is he doing to that tree? Is he injecting it with something?” We don’t often think of trees needing check-ups or medical treatment, but sometimes they need just that.
Congrats to George Mason University Arboretum as they earn internationally recognized accreditation by ArbNet!
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!