Department of Physical Plant


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The Horticulture/Grounds Department supports the academic, administrative, and auxiliary operations of the 167 acre university.  The department is charged with the care of campus grounds to include athletic fields and operations support, satellite properties, lawns, trees, and garden beds, irrigation and fountains, trash removal, snow removal, and recycling.  Additionally, the department maintains the university's arboretum.   

In 1988, Salisbury University was granted arboretum status by American Public Gardens Association (APGA).  The arboretum exists to provide an attractive landscape setting that is conducive to learning and demonstrates the diversity of the plant kingdom.  This setting supports the academic institution, especially the biological sciences, and is provided for the benefit of all students, faculty, staff and visitors.  

The development of the campus arboretum and grounds requires the collection of suitable documented plants from other arboreta and botanical gardens as well as plants from all regions of the world.  Academic faculty and students play an integral role in supporting and assisting Horticulture with the expansion and upkeep of an extensive data collection and mapping system, unique to Salisbury University. 

The Horticulture Department strives to landscape all areas of the campus with both rare and unusual plants along with indigenous species in an effort to create and conserve a diverse gene pool. 

Members of the university and surrounding community are encouraged to utilize the resources of the arboretum and grounds for purposes of instruction and education.

The Horticulture Department consists of 13 full time employees and up to 40 part-time student employees.


Salisbury University provides annual recycling data to MDE, along with Maryland’s 23 Counties, Baltimore City, and State government agencies to create the All StAR (All State Agencies Recycle) Program.

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