Skip to main content


Living Collections Database

Adkins Arboretum maintains a living collections database and web mapping platform that allows visitors and staff to research plants found on the property. The database currently allows users to search for a plant by its scientific name. This search yields the geographic location of the plants at the Arboretum and links to extensive information about the plant habit, growing conditions, habitat, phenology, wildlife interactions, and ethnobotanical information.**

This project has been financed in part by the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s Thomas V. ‘Mike’ Miller History Fund.  However, Maryland’s Sustaining Landscape project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IGSM-245880-OMS-20]. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website/database do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Washington College GIS Program and ESRI provided the technical expertise for updating the database to an ArcGIS platform. Special thanks to the Maryland Plant Atlas and Jarrod Fowler for their partnership and collaboration. Consultants Leslie Cario (Chesapeake Horticultural Services) and Sylvan Kaufman (Sylvan Green Earth Consulting) were essential to this project. Thayer Young (Cicada GIS) was integral to creating the previous database structure, which formed the foundation for our current version.

We're excited to share this updated version, although it is still a work in progress! Please check back for updates, engaging plant pop-ups, and built out plant profiles.


Click here to view the new Living Collections Database


**The ethnobotanical information collected is based on historic use. Please use research and caution when considering the use of a plant. This information is not for medical diagnosis or treatment