The Loyola University Maryland Arboretum was awarded a Level I Accreditation through the ArbNet program, recognizing our campus among other professional public gardens in the Morton Register of Arboreta. The Arboretum is recognized as Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day foundation and a PLANT community (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) at the Green level by the MD Department of Natural Resources.
Loyola has a strong tradition of nurturing and caring for the many mature native trees on our beautiful campus. In 1999, after several visits to university arboreta, a plan was set in motion to establish an arboretum at Loyola. Assessments of existing tree condition were conducted, a tree care program was developed, and labeling of trees was initiated. Today, the 79 acre campus boasts an inventory of more than 2200 trees representing 84 varieties.
Currently, the arboretum area includes the academic quadrangle and the property surrounding the President’s House, Jesuit residence, and residence halls in the east campus area. Thirty varieties of trees are signed with future plans to label at least one of each tree variety on campus.
The arboretum area that is most accessible to the public is the academic quadrangle, where a self-guided tour includes a mixture of mature “monarch” trees from the original forest, trees planted in the past few decades, as well as a number of relatively large caliper trees planted in recent years. Anchoring the quadrangle on one end is the Humanities Center, a 19th century Tudor mansion; on the opposite end is the historic Alumni Chapel. During the short walk between these two campus landmarks, one can find more than 20 kinds of trees as well as many beautiful shrubs, ornamental grasses, and seasonal plants. On the south side of the chapel, a row of stately pin oaks leads to the September 11th memorial consisting of an inscribed wall, benches, and a fountain surround by Crepe Myrtles. Crepe Myrtles remain in bloom through September, providing a beautiful, serene area for quiet reflection.
Future plans for the arboretum include the development of a second walking tour surrounding the Fitness and Aquatics Center, encourage professors to increase use of the arboretum as an outdoor classroom and continue to enhance the arboretum to achieve Level II status.
Mission and Goals
Provide a beautiful and sustainable environment for Loyola University Maryland students, faculty, staff, and visitors through the preservation and aesthetic enhancement of campus trees and other woody plants.
We strive to achieve several goals with our campus arboretum:
- Maintain the beauty of the campus landscape while enhancing biodiversity and promoting sustainability.
- Preserve the stately historic campus trees and build upon the collection with native species to reinforce the character of both artificial and natural environments on campus.
- Maintain and develop a diverse collection of plants for teaching purposes, public education, and the enjoyment of the campus community.
The Arboretum Subcommittee
The Arboretum Subcommittee is part of the Sustainability Committee. The Arboretum subcommittee meets quarterly and is chaired by the Helen Schneider, the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services. Faculty, administrators, students, and staff make up the membership in this committee. The committee is charged with maintaining campus landscape and promoting sustainability, while pursuing development and enhancement projects for our campus arboretum.