The Maud Gordon Holmes Arboretum at SUNY Buffalo State was formally dedicated in 1962 with the ceremonial planting of a Scots elm in honor of Maud Gordon Holmes, founder of the Garden Center Institute of Buffalo. Since then, the arboretum has grown from 300 trees to over 1,400. The Arboretum includes many varying species of trees and numerous landscape beds featuring vibrant flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals. The campus displays greenery year-round while marking the seasons with fragrant blossoms, shade-giving trees, and luminous autumn colors. Through the formation and fund-raising efforts of the Friends of the Maud Gordon Holmes Arboretum, funds have been raised to plant nearly 100 new trees since 2017.