Katzen Arts Center and AU Welcome Center's 6,000 square-foot plaza overlooks the main campus entrance. Stroll or sit among the seasonal plantings and outdoor sculptures and enjoy the soothing sound of water cascading over a wall of bluestone blocks.
Glover Gate, the main campus entrance, displays the largest area of seasonal beds-a creative mix of bulbs, annuals, perennials, and exotics, with flower baskets hanging from traditional Washington globe-style lampposts.
Kogod Ellipse, a former parking lot transformed into a two-acre green space, serves as AU's "front yard." An allee of Chinese elms lines the central lawn, complemented by birch, cherry, crape myrtle, magnolia, and dogwood trees.
Ward Circle, a National Park Service property, contains a bronze statue of General Artemus Ward by Leonard Crunelle. Ward was the first commander-in-chief of the American armies during the Revolutionary War.
Eric A. Friedman Quadrangle, or Friedham Quad, is lined with stately, mature oaks-scarlet, white, red, and pin. It is among the few remaining features of the original campus plan.
Kay's Plaza's circular space opens on the green with a fine, long view of the quad. Carved stone benches sit among beds of shrubs and perennials.
Hurst Hall, AU's oldest original structure, built in 1896, is shaded by Katsura and American yellowwood trees.
Korean Garden contains a small stand of historic cherry trees presented as a gift to AU by President Sungman Rhee in 1943.
School of International Service, a LEED Gold Certfied building, showcases many green features, including rainwater recycling, rain gardens, and a ground-level display of rooftop plantings.
Roper Pocket Park's naturalized pond is ringed by flowering shrubs and perennials, including viburum, oakleaf hydrangeas, and Knock Out roses. Unusual perennials, such as turtlehead, Geranium, and Ligularia, weave through the garden. Tall pin oaks form a canopy, while ground cover, such as creeping mazus and Ophiopogon, adorn the stone walkway.
Kennedy Memorial, overlooking award-winning Reeves Field, marks the site where, in 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his historic commmencement speech calling for a nuclear test ban treaty.
Mary Graydon Center's main entrance offers cozy seating nooks among the plantings. Unusual understory trees here are Amur maackia, Amur maple, and autumn blooming Higan cherry.
September 11 Memorial commemorates the five from AU who died in 2001 with a monument of Mount Airy granite. Stone benches encircle the plaza, paved with two types of granite and Pennsylvania bluestone. An allee of Japanese zelkova trees shades the walkway.
Flag Plaza and Battelle Hillside boast a gorgeous display of Carpet and Knock Out roses and a variety of trees: Chinese elm, Japanese snowbell, heritage birch, and crape myrtle. Fall brings out the best in the New England aster and ornamental grasses, Miscanthus and feather reed.
Spritual Garden is a contemplative space with narrow walkways winding through planting beds layered with masses of shrubs, perennials, and ground cover. Next to Bender Arena stands Clawed-a 12 foot-tall bronze eagle given to AU in 1997 to promot school spirit.
Woods-Brown Amphitheater, created in the early 1900's and the site of early commencement ceremonies, is one of the campus's most lovely gardens. The gentle slope here, anchored by massive tulip poplars, has been restored to its original wooded setting, with plantings of deodar cedar, London plane, gingko, dawn redwood, and hemlock, and dogwood, saucer magnolia, sweetbay magnolia, and Japanese snowbell in the understory.
Moai Garden's centerpiece is a hand-carved replica of an Eastern Island Moai, a gift to AU from the government of Chile in 2000. Mature tulip poplars, Viburnum, hydrangeas, and ferns surround the volcanic rock sculpture.
President's Garden offers a grand view of the main campus entrance. The rolling lawn is bordered by masses of azaleas, interspersed with mature pecan and walnut trees. Behind the house stands a large white oak-the oldest tree on campus, believed to date to the Civil War, and measuring 64 inches in circumference.