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Memorial Sign in front of an adopted tree.

An "adopted" tree, complete with an official St. Mary's Arboretum label

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Supporting the Arboretum - Ways to Give, Ways to Make a Difference!

Memorial Sign

At St. Mary’s College of Maryland, there are numerous ways for you to give to the Arboretum, and improve the campus landscape. Gifts to the Arboretum at any level are appreciated and special gifts of $1,000 or more are recognized by the naming of trees and benches around the campus.

You can:

Adopt a Tree: for $1,000 you can select (or have our staff select for you) an existing campus tree to ‘adopt’ and label. The donation will cover the cost of labeling the tree (including an official St. Mary’s Arboretum label of tree type, and database entry). Your $1,000 donation also includes a simple dedication label. For example: “Remembering John Smith, ’77” or “honoring the Arnold family of Laurel, Maryland."

Adopt a Bench: for $2,500 you can select (or have our staff select for you) an existing campus bench to ‘adopt’ and label. As with adopting a tree, you would be able to provide the inscription for the name plate for the bench.

Install a Bench: for $3,500 you can have a new bench installed on campus, at a place to be determined by you and our Arboretum Committee. Again, all procedures above apply.

The Arboretum Committee will review all proposed dedication labels prior to their purchase and installation by the College’s grounds staff.

Dedication ribbonAdditionally, should you choose to, you can elect to hold a dedication or memorial service at the site at a time of your choice. The Arboretum Committee will note your service with a ribbon display (in St. Mary’s colors) along with a larger, temporary laminated tag that notes in greater detail your recognition (listing who is being celebrated and why, who contributed and why, etc.). These tags will be removed after the ceremony, but the information will go into our permanent tree database and online map. Recently St. Mary's alumnus Bruce Lockard was honored with a tree memorial; read his recognition story written by friend Tony Pait (also a St. Mary's alum) by following this link.  You will also find at this link stories about tree donors Giuseppe and Lucia Bernabeo and Tom, Vanessa and Gabi Botzman, and the bench donation made recently in honor of former Professor of Philosophy Alan Paskow.

In all cases, these gifts to the Arboretum help us care for our campus landscape. Donations are tax-deductible and are to be made to the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation.

To make your gift to the Arboretum Association online please follow this link. To request more information about supporting the Arboretum, please contact Michael Carver at mfcarver@smcm.edu or 240-895-3206.