Monday, February 20, 2012

Arbor Funding and Planning

News: We are building an arbor!

Thank you to Mallan Willis and the Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority at UMD who received a grant to help us build the arbor at the upper terrace of the Public Health Garden.

All we need to do is work with the group to establish a design that suits the UMD aesthetic, falls within the budget ($1,000) and mark a date that we can have a volunteer build day. The goal is to have the arbor built by Maryland Day, April 28. 

We would like to get together during regular scheduled garden hours (4-6pm) on Thursday Feb. 23 to establish a design for the arbor. Please try to do some research/ Google image searches on arbors and come with some good ideas in mind. During this time we will also try to estimate material quantities and types so we can get an order in to the lumber distributor. Volunteer arbor install dates we are looking at that work for the PHG calendar are March 11, April 1 and April 15.

Very exciting!  Start thinking of designs you like. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact


  1. Step by step plans (as well as video and blueprints) on arbor construction from Popular Mechanics: