UMD Arboretum Honored with Grand Award at 2019 Green Star Awards Program

Published Date
November 14, 2019

UMD Arboretum Honored with Grand Award at 2019 Green Star Awards Program

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 PGMS Green Star Grand Award is the highest recognition for excellence of landscape management practices in the country.

PGMS is a national membership society dedicated to advancing the education and development of the grounds management field. The criteria attributed to their annual Green Star Awards program extends beyond overall landscape attractiveness. Winners of this prestigious prize must also demonstrate superior management skills and successful sustainability and safety practices.

The UMD campus arboretum was also honored earlier this year for achieving a Level IV Accreditation through The Morton Arboretum's Arbnet Accreditation Program. Only 27 other institutions worldwide have achieved this highest level of distinction.


UMD Arboretum Awarded Grand Prize at 2019 Green Star Awards
UMD Landscape & Arboretum and Horticultural Services staff, Associate Director Bill Monan and Administrative Staff Yasmine Baker, receiving the PGMS 2019 Green Star Grand Award 


About the UMD Arboretum

The University of Maryland’s entire College Park campus is a Level IV Arbnet-accredited arboretum & botanical garden, and strives to be an instrument of horticultural distinction, landscape design and interpretation, and place-making, reflecting the university’s education, research, and service missions. The Arboretum and Botanical Garden incorporates the diverse heritage landscapes of the campus from its beginnings as an agricultural college founded in 1856 to its current urban setting befitting a distinguished research university. Through exemplary practices of environmental stewardship, horticulture and urban forestry, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden enhances the campus’ aesthetics and promotes awareness of conservation and preservation of our natural environment for the enrichment of the university community, the citizens of Maryland, and our visitors. 

Click here for more information about the UMD Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. 


Photographs of UMD's Award-winning Arboretum


Van Munching Courtyard
The University of Maryland hosts over 40,000 students and close to 100,000 visitors, faculty, and staff. Our entire 1250 acre College Park campus is an arboretum & botanical garden. Here, our mascot Testudo greets visitors in Van Munching Courtyard, home to the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy.
Tawes Plaza
Tawes Plaza is a main gathering place on campus during all seasons, hosting the weekly UMD Farmers Market that runs April - November, as well as other outdoor festivals and events, and countless al fresco lunches and meetings.
Mayer Mall
Mayer Mall, which was converted from a large parking lot to multi-use greenspace is a district-wide gathering space and entrance to campus, interconnecting with the other many malls and vistas on south campus.
Hornbake Plaza
Hornbake Plaza is another prominent gathering space on campus. The plaza is surrounded by Koelreuteria paniculata and Gleditsia triacanthos (shown) and includes a commemorative garden dedicated to Frederick Douglass, a Maryland native.
Eppley Recreation Center Meadow
A meadow planted outside of the Eppley Recreation Center provides a burst of color among turfgrass in the spring. 
Community Learning Garden
The slope of this tract of land was largely unused until a grant from the university’s Sustainability Fund and matching funds from Facilities Management created the Community Learning Garden, with demonstration teaching beds, an orchard, sustainable stormwater-sourced irrigation, and plots for campus community members to rent out. Produce grown in the garden is donated to volunteers and the campus pantry.
Edward St. John Green Roof
The Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center, a LEED silver certified building, features two green roofs, providing educational opportunities for UMD students and improving campus stormwater management.
M Circle
The M Circle welcomes visitors to campus along the main traffic thoroughfare. The “M” is planted with annuals reflecting our school colors of yellow and red and is surrounded by mature Q. phellos.