Horticulture, by its very nature, is a sustainable area. Our Horticulture and Grounds Department takes its efforts a step further, incorporating environmental practices in other areas, as well.

Eco-Friendly Horticulture

Several University gardens are seen in full bloom.  A Monarch Waystation sign is affixed to the exterior of Henson Hall.  The sign reads, "This site provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America.  Certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation." 

Two Salisbury University Green Fund projects are highlighted, a student garden adjacent to the Center for Conflict Resolution and active honeybee hives. 

A visit to the pergola reveals a honeybee and a ladybug foraging among the blooming plants.

A Green Campus

SU’s sustainable horticulture initiatives and achievements include:

  • Being granted American Public Gardens Association arboretum status in 1998
  • Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA recognition
  • Receiving the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and Forestry Council’s Green People Loving and Nurturing Trees (PLANT) Award – the organizations’ highest sustainability honor — multiple times
  • Being certified as an official Monarch Watch butterfly waystation
  • Using liquid dish soap and water instead of harsh chemicals to remove insects in greenhouse and interior spaces
  • Weeding planting beds manually instead of using potentially toxic weed killer
  • Using mulching blades on SU lawnmowers to reduce waste and add nutrients back into the soil from grass and leaves
  • Irrigating landscaping only when necessary to maintain its health
  • Partnering with students on Green Fund projects including maintaining a campus apiary