You may have noticed two things if you are around Morrill Quad on campus. First, it can be a bit of a hike making your way up the hill (Morrill Quad is at one of the higher elevations on campus). Second, it’s where many of the Arboretum’s larger white oak specimens are. In an effort to protect these historic trees, we have been installing and updating the lightning protection systems in them.
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.
Did you see the recent feature on our staff in The Diamondback?
At the center of McKeldin Mall, a sunny, bustling hub of crisscrossing Terps on their way to and from class, nine people dressed in all white stand completely still. One poses at the head of a bed of tulips, arms outstretched. Another slouches on the sundial, while still another lies motionless on a bench. They barely bat an eye as passersby pause, stare or even snap a picture.
What started as a family planting project for Michael Ross and his son, Andrew, turned into a significant contribution to the University of Maryland (UMD) Arboretum.