Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Observance on April 18, in the Gifford Arboretum:
- "Fruit and Edible Tree Tour" at 4.30 pm by GA Director Steve Pearson, starting at the Stone Semicircle.
- Concert at 6 pm: Performance by the talented Nina Guerrero, a contemporary singer/songwriter who is a student in the Frost School of Music. 
Finger food and refreshments will be served. 

Our main campus has been designated TREE CAMPUS USA for the 4th year in a row!
- Visit this wonderful map project of the Arboretum by Dr Shouraseni's class.
- Dowload our 2017 Tree Care Plan



Arbor Day Observance in the Gifford Arboretum on April 19 at 5.00 pm. during Earth Week
Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a tour of the Arboretum at 5 pm, and at 6 pm, to a beautiful Concert by the World Peace Ensemble from the Frost School of Music.
Finger food and refreshments will be served.


Arbor Day Observance in the Gifford Arboretum on April 13, 2016 at 6.00 pm. during Earth Week
Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a beautiful Concert by jazz ensemble from the Frost School of Music, the Zack Zebley Trio
Finger food and refreshments will be served.

Volunteer on April 9 with TREEmendous to celebrate Earth Week!

This recognition should also go to our partner organization TREEmendous Miami. UM students have been volunteering with TREEmendous on a constant basis over the years, allowing our community to get a healthier urban canopy.

One on TREEmendous MIami’s most visible projects have been the trees along the Metrorail from I-95 to Bird Road. However, one of its most important projects environmentally has been its work at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. During the last 10 years, TREEmendous Miami has planted over 11,000 trees to restore the ecological value of this wonderful site that is extremely important to migratory birds, water quality and spawning grounds, and providing habitat for endangered species like the American Crocodile, various sea turtles, and a variety of other more common native fauna. These trees were carefully selected to reflect what would have grown on this island hundreds of year’s ago and would have provided important habitat for migratory birds to stop, rest and refuel before continuing their journeys. However, as the native trees we have planted grow up to create the canopy that would have existed on this site 200 years ago, we need to battle invasive and rampantly growing plants that will be naturally shaded out as the canopy fills in more and more during the next few years. In the meantime, however, our maintenance activities are vitally important and, believe it or not, this “work” can be a fun and an very satisfying endeavor. TREEmendous Miami is the only tree planting group that makes maintenance an integral part of its endeavors.



The University of Miami -Coral Gables Campus is proud to have been designated “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Colleges and Universities all over America are working right now to make their campuses greener and cleaner, University of Miami is doing its part.
The Arbor Day Foundation began in 1972 and is one of the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to planting trees. It has been working with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in National and State forests.
Arbor Day Foundation has recognized more than 3,000 communities through the Tree City USA program, among them the City of Coral Gables and the City of South Miami.
The Tree campus USA recognition will benefit UM. It is the confirmation that our canopy significantly reduces the amount of energy our campus needs to generate, it sequesters Carbon dioxide, purify the air, and give students, faculty and staff a peaceful setting to study.

Our campus has a unique landscape architecture with elements designed specifically for its climate and natural setting. It conveys a positive and unified sense of place, coherency, and consistency. Its thoughtful landscape planning has become renown worldwide as a “campus-in-a-tropical garden”. The campus enjoys a number of important vegetated areas which include Lake Osceola, The Gifford Arboretum, the Ibis Natural Trail, the Palmetum and the Butterfly Garden. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the following important features. Our general purpose is to guarantee that the standards of beauty, sustainability and environmental stewardship are respected and applied on our campus landscape.
More specifically, we strive to promote the use of Native plants or low-maintenance plant species, increase species diversity and tree canopy, develop environmentally friendly landscape designs to conserve energy and water, reduce the urban heat island effect on campus, and promote improvements in air quality, and finally to protect existing campus canopy during construction and renovation projects.

Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA


University of Miami - Gifford Arboretum
April 1, 2017
NO JOKING!  Please join us this coming Saturday, April 1st at the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus.  We have 400 native trees and plants hanging out in their pots anxiously awaiting to set roots in a new home at the U.


Dear friends of trees, beauty, native fauna, and a healthy environment,

Clear your calendar and make plans to help TREEmendous Miami plant trees this Saturday at 9:30 AM.  In preparation for this day we have been working to remove exotic vegetation that had invaded the University of Miami’s Taylor Alexander Biodome, an area directly across from the south end of the Gifford Arboretum.
We are now ready for a major planting of the perimeter areas of the Biodome to help restore this area to a pristine South Florida hammock and we need your help!  While some of us like maintenance work and invasive eradication, all of us love planting and we have 400 Florida native plants in need of your help so they can make it on their own.  You will be a part of a significant restoration effort.

Free parking will be available in the Purple Lot, which is also directly across from the Gifford Arboretum and on the west side of the Biodome. If you are not familiar with how to get to the Gifford Arboretum, the easiest way is to approach the University of Miami from the west side on Miller Road (SW 56 Street). You can take the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) and get off on the Miller Road Exit, or take Red Road (SW 57 Avenue) from US 1 or Bird Road to Miller Road. Go east on Miller Road and you will go through 2 traffic circles as you approach the University. At the second circle, you will be at the University, but you should go left at the circle onto San Amaro Drive and do not enter the University at the entrance by the circle. Drive on San Amaro past the circle and you will then enter the University at the second entrance (helpful hint: Read the names on the monument signs and you will see “Gifford Arboretum”). Immediately upon entering the University, turn right into the Purple Lot and park in the closest available space. The planting area is adjacent to this area.

Please wear closed shoes and sun protection. We will supply drinking water, refreshments and snacks.
We have a good but limited supply of tools and gloves.  So please bring your own gloves, shovels, pick axes/maddocks, and/or wheel barrows if you are able to do so.

Thanks, You Are TREEmendous! 


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