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PGMS Rossborough Inn Rejuvenation



The Professional Grounds Management Society, DC Branch (PGMS), and the UMD PGMS Student Chapter donated a day of service in fall 2011 to rejuvenate the landscape at Rossborough Inn, the oldest building on campus. Seven professional PGMS members volunteered, as did six student members, and Andre Nono, staff member from our own UMD Landscape Services Department. Everybody worked hard, and the donations of leafgro, fertilizer, and food were very welcome. Best of all, the landscape at Rossborough was transformed. Many of the plants added to the landscape were donated or salvaged from construction projects on campus.


Arboretum Volunteers and Community Service



In 2011, UMD students, faculty, and staff, and local community members gave over 10,000 hours of volunteer time to the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Arboretum strives to create meaningful activities for all volunteers, including time for education and reflection. Volunteers gain a deeper understanding of the Arboretum and Botanic Garden and our campus community through investment of personal time and energy. Individuals and large and small groups invest their energy and provide a valuable community service. These photographs are from a community service activity with over 300 members from campus Greek Life. for more information.


Volunteers at Hagerstown Woods


We are grateful to Becky Kenemuth and the students and staff of College Park Scholars, Life Sciences for their hard work in Hagerstown Woods on Monday. About 120 students devoted their Service Day to cleanup and planting in the woodland garden and picnic area right in front of Hagerstown Hall. As you can see from the pictures, it is looking fantastic!


County Champion Trees on Campus


The 2011 Tree Champions of Prince George’s County, Maryland has just been published, and we are excited to announce that 19 of the 116 champions are right here on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The Prince George's County Champion Tree list includes the largest known trees of each species on record in the county. Each tree species is classified separately so that small trees like dogwoods do not have to compete with larger trees such as oaks and maples. Thanks to our Campus Tree Inventory, we can now participate in this wonderful competition. The Prince George’s County champions will go up against those in other counties to compile the Maryland champion tree list, and then the Maryland state champions will compete with those in other states for a place on the national champion tree list. Trees are evaluated on three factors: height, crown size, and trunk circumference. The formula is: Total Points = Circumference (inches) + Height (feet) + 25% of the Average Crown Spread (feet). The tree competition dates back to 1925, when the first Maryland State Forester, Fred W. Besley, compiled the “Noted Tree List” for Maryland. He started an intensive search for big trees of all species growing in Maryland, and sponsored a statewide contest. Besley also devised the measuring procedures and point system still used today. By 1940 the American Forestry Association began the “National Big Tree List” to identify the largest trees in the United States. The Prince George’s County Champion Tree list was begun in 1986 in honor of Arbor Day by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The search for big trees continues to the present time and the list changes constantly, as trees are living, growing things, and subject to the ravages of man, machines, insects, disease, nature and time. So, take a look at the 2011 report.

Growing Spaces

With a cemetery nearby and an inconspicuous location near Byrd Stadium, the small one-story building dubbed the Apiary may not appear to be the control center for this university's nationally....

Maryland’s Forest Partnership is Growing


The Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship (BWPFS), a federal-state-nonprofit partnership to advance comprehensive and coordinated strategies for the restoration, conservation and stewardship of the combined landscape they manage, is expanding on June 23, 2011 to include additional federal, state and local government partners.


The original partners, including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Center for Chesapeake Communities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Research Refuge, the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army Fort George G. Meade, formed the BWPFS through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2006. Collectively, these agencies own and manage over 40 square miles of land, 64% of which is either forested or wetlands.


On June 23, 2011, at a MOU signature ceremony and tree planting event, hosted by the City of Greenbelt, the BWPFS will welcome the City of Greenbelt, the University of Maryland, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey as new members, expanding the area of contiguous managed landscape to nearly 47 square miles. These unique ecological resources are among the last significant tracts of contiguous forest land in this highly urbanized region and provide important ecosystem services to Marylanders such as clean air and water, soil erosion and flood control, biodiversity and recreational and educational opportunities.


Together, with new partners, the BWPFS will seek to expand tree canopy cover, conserve and improve wildlife habitat, reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, promote coordinated land management and collaborative scientific research, pursue green building technologies and climate change action strategies, and offer environmental education opportunities to the public. The BWPFS will continue to seek out new collaborative partnerships with additional agencies, landowners and interested citizens, expanding this effort throughout the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.


Arbor Day Celebration


President Loh at Arbor Day


The UM Arboretum celebrated Arbor Day on April 6, 2011 with four events, a ceremonial tree planting of a replacement willow oak on McKeldin Mall, a presentation about the Campus Tree Inventory at the Arboretum Outreach Center, an Arbor Day display and Chapel Oak Seedling giveaway on McKeldin Mall by the Institute of Applied Agriculture, and an informal tour of the new Garden of Reflection and Remembrance. The tree-planting ceremony featured brief remarks from Karen Petroff, Assistant Director, Arboretum/Horticultural Services, and University President Dr. Wallace Loh, who spoke about the significance and history of Arbor Day and the McKeldin Mall willow oaks. Wielding the first shovels for the tree planting were Dr. Loh, Dr. Bill Kenworthy from the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, Joe Cook from Landscape Services, students Amber Williams and Jonathan Lin, and Campus Arborist Josh Nadler. The annual Arbor Day observance is an integral part of UM’s Tree Campus USA participation. We were lucky to have a beautiful, sunny day for the events this year.


Company donates 100 new maple trees to shade Comcast walkway


maple trees The campus got a little bit greener this month after an alumnus' landscape company donated more than $61,000 worth of new trees to the university. Denison Landscaping & Nursery Inc., of Fort Washington, donated and installed 100 new Autumn Blaze Maple trees to the grounds around Comcast Center in early November. Company owner John Denison coordinated with university officials to determine the best place for the trees, according to Facilities Management director Harry Teabout, and they are now part of the university's official Arboretum and Botanical Garden. "We received the gift with smiles," Teabout said. Campus arborist Josh Nadler said the trees will do more than add aesthetic appeal; they will also provide a shaded walkway for students walking near Comcast Center....more


Weeping for a willow oak

Despite the special fertilizer treatments, routine prunings and other precautionary measures taken to keep the campus’s giant willow oaks healthy, one of the trees lining McKeldin Mall was no match for a mid-summer thunderstorm.

The giant willow oaks, which are the most cherished trees on the campus according to the university’s arborists, live in the lap of luxury as far as trees are concerned. But after losing a third of its branches to 50-mph winds, tree No. 868, on the Holzapfel Hall side of the mall, will be cut down tomorrow after it was determined to be a public safety risk.....more

New Chapel Garden, Labyrinth to Plant Seeds for Reflection


Where do you go on campus to restore your soul?

Years ago, a student in Marsha Guenzler-Stevens’ University 100 course posed that question in his class journal. From then on, the director of activities and associate director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life sought to answer it, and last month she helped break ground on just such a place: the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.


By October, the south side of Memorial Chapel will be home to a landscaped labyrinth, pathways and water elements, designed to encourage quiet thought, an oasis amid the bustling campus. Read more...


Facilities Master Plan Update

The ten year update for the 2001 Facilities Master Plan is underway with twin foci of landscape master planning and multi-modal transportation systems planning. The assembled team incorporates expertise and constituents from throughout the campus community as well as selected consultants to guide the effort. The twelve month process will include in-depth analysis of the campus landscape including land use, environmental sustainability and stewardship, utility infrastructure including storm water management and further integration of campus space as an Arboretum and Botanical Garden while preserving the unique character and history of the campus and serving the campus community. A full schedule of public meetings and opportunities for campus input will occur and updates will be shared here and through other campus venues.


Tree Campus USA


The University of Maryland, College Park was recognized as one of 29 charter Tree Campus USA institutions across the country by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008. Recertified in 2009, we remain the only Tree Campus USA in the state of Maryland. The designation is awarded in recognition of campuses that act as good stewards of their tree resources and benchmarks for tree care, planning and student participation must be met each year, including observance of Arbor Day. More information on this program is available through the Arbor Day Foundation Website,

News - Arbor Day 2010


Arbor Day was celebrated on April 7, 2010 under beautiful skies on McKeldin Mall. Dr. C.D. Mote, Jr, President of the University of Maryland, College Park, Frank Brewer, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management, Kenneth Ingram, Institute of Agriculture instructor, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and students Clark Delong, Landscape Management and Avi Saha, Plant Sciences, helped plant a willow oak, Quercus phellos, to complete the willow oak allee on McKeldin Mall. At the conclusion of the ceremony, community members also had the opportunity to participate. Originally planted in 1938 under the administration of President Henry Clifton “Curley” Byrd, the Maryland native willow oaks which line the south and north boundaries of McKeldin Mall create a cherished community space well known as a campus landscape icon.