Landscape Services, led by Scott Thompson, Director of Landscape Services is responsible for the comprehensive maintenance of 626 acres of campus landscape and hardscape for Duke University and Duke University Health System.

With around 60 percent of campus covered by trees, Duke lives up to its reputation of being a “university in a forest.” Duke hosts a diverse and beautiful landscape comprised of quads, open lawns, athletic fields, gardens and plazas. Maintaining this landscape requires reseeding of lawns, tree replacement, pruning, planting and an in-depth knowledge of horticulture to care for the variety of flowers and plants found around campus throughout all the seasons.

For the past 15 years, Duke has been honored by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus Higher Education awardee for its stewardship of the trees on campus. The Duke Lens piece, Caring for Duke's Canopy, provides a detailed and historical context for tree care at Duke. 




  • Tree Management 
  • Athletic Field Care
  • Annual-Perennial Accent Beds
  • Conventional Turf, Tree & Shrub Care
  • Fertilization & Treatment Programs
  • Grounds Repair Shop
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Irrigation Maintenance
  • Landscape Improvement Projects
  • Litter Control
  • Snow Removal
  • Sustainability


How Duke cares for trees on campus, produced by Duke University Communications.