Thanks to all the community partners who provided resources for Howard County residents through this year’s first ever Howard County Virtual GreenFest!
Earth Month may be over, but you can keep going green thanks to the resources provided by local green businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. Materials will remain posted through the summer so you can continue to learn about citizen science, community solar, pollinators, native plants, local stewardship activities, and much more.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
"Climate of Hope Project- Climate Victory Garden" - Community Ecology Institute
Climate Victory Garden Video
CEI’s Climate of Hope Project includes three innovation areas: 1) Climate Aware Agriculture featuring Renewable Energy Integration; 2) Cultivating Climate Victory Gardens; and 3) Community Climate Change Education. In 2019 CEI planted and certified the 2nd Climate Victory Garden in the state of Maryland. Learn all about our Climate Victory Garden and how you to create your own.
Maryland and DC Breeding Bird Atlas
Learn about a current citizen science project that you can participate in from your window! The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas is a five year effort to record pairs of breeding birds in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Please click here to watch a video introduction to the program.
Introduction to Rain Barrels
Please click here to view a PDF of a University of Maryland Extension Service PowerPoint on Rain Barrel installation and maintenance.
Environmental Stewardship at Home
Check out Howard EcoWorks YouTube channel (click here) for videos about environmental stewardship activities you can do around your home, including: removing Asiatic bittersweet and nandina, and mulching your trees properly.
Also check out their videos highlighting their work around the County, including projects like Ellicott City stream channel debris removal.
Howard County Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by the university, providing horticultural education services to individuals, groups, and communities including government agencies, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, historic sites, schools and youth groups, senior citizens and garden clubs. Master Gardener programs and services are available free of charge to all Howard County residents and community groups. For more information on our services or becoming a Master Gardener check out our website:
Los Maestros Jardineros del Condado de Howard son voluntarios, capacitados por la universidad, que proporcionan servicios de educación hortícola a individuos, grupos y comunidades, incluyendo agencias gubernamentales, asociaciones vecinales, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, sitios históricos, escuelas y grupos juveniles, adultos mayores y clubes de jardinería. Los programas y servicios de los Maestros Jardineros se ofrecen de forma gratuita a todos los residentes y grupos comunitarios del Condado de Howard. Si desea información adicional sobre nuestros servicios o desea saber cómo llegar a ser Maestro Jardinero consulte nuestro sitio web:
Although we couldn’t host the Native Plant sale this year, please support the following vendors who participate in GreenFest each year and make native plants accessible to Howard County residents:
Keystone Wildflowers: http://www.keystonewildflowers.com
Lauren's Garden Service: http://www.laurensgardenservice.com
Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm: http://www.meadowsweetnative.com
More information on Native Plants and links to other great websites can be found at:
Better Water Quality through Smarter Gardening
Our mission is to educate residents about landscape practices that protect the Chesapeake Bay and our local waterways. By changing a few simple practices, together we can help keep our Maryland water healthy.
Are you Bay-Wise? Test your knowledge of these Bay-Wise principles by using the Bay-Wise Yardstick to see how you measure up.
Home consultations to assist homeowners with their landscaping problems will resume once the threat from the Corona virus is past. In the meantime, please refer to the resources on our webpage: https://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/bay-wise-landscape-management
Ask a Master Gardener-Plant Clinic is a program where Master Gardener volunteers, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension, provide information to home gardeners at the county libraries and other events throughout the county. During this time of corona virus please take advantage of the following resources: (a) Ask and Expert https://extension.umd.edu/ask - you can ask a question anytime via the web or (b) Ask-A-Master-Gardener sessions (normally held at our libraries) via email HoCoAAMG@gmail.com
Learn more at:
Compost is a dark and crumbly material produced by the natural decomposition of leaves, kitchen food scraps, and other organic materials. Why compost at home?
Learn more: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/composting?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Spring2020
Pollinators and Native Landscapes
How you can help pollinators:
1. Provide food – Plant natives
2. Provide water sources (and puddling areas for butterflies)
3. Provide shelter
4. Safeguard pollinator habitat
a. Control invasive plants
b. Reduce pesticide and herbicide use
If you have questions about starting your Pollinator Garden or Native Landscape, please ask us at MDPollinator@gmail.com
The Grow It! Eat It! campaign is a joint venture between The Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center - to provide education and encourage Marylanders to learn how to start and maintain successful food gardens.
Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start a home garden! With the current COVID-19 crisis we are all a bit stressed and could really use the therapeutic benefits and productivity of food gardening. Here are just few of the many benefits to growing your own food:
Below are resources for you to learn more and help you get started. Happy growing!
UME Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) Webpage
UME MD Grows Blog
HGIC YouTube Channel on Food Gardening
Have Questions? Contact our MD Gardening Experts at https://extension.umd.edu/learn/ask-gardening
Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy
Protecting your streams, rivers, and bay!
The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is a cooperative effort of the University of Maryland Extension and Howard County to increase the number and diversity of trained volunteers who have the knowledge and skill required to enhance the health of our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Watershed Stewards work with neighbors to provide best storm water management practices.
We are not accepting requests for neighborhood and homeowner inspections while we limit personal contact to help minimize the impact of the Corona virus. We will resume when it is advisable; hopefully soon. Stay safe.
Native species are those that have evolved in our region. They are adapted to our climate and soils and require little or no fertilization. Once established they should survive on local rainfall. They have co-evolved with our native wildlife and provide familiar sources of food and shelter and attract a greater variety of butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds and other wildlife than traditional lawns. In fact, the greater the variety of native species included in a landscape, the more likely uncommon or rare species will be attracted to an area.
In addition, native plants can match the finest cultivated plants in beauty, while often surpassing non-natives in ruggedness and resistance to drought, insects and disease. With the large variety of grasses, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs and trees from which to choose, native plants can fulfill any landscaping need, from simple container gardens to showy perennial borders.
Learn more about our GreenFest Native Plant vendors on the above tabs. Please check with them for availability and arrangements for safe delivery.
Keystone Wildflowers is a small, family-operated grower of quality native perennial plants, including flowers, ferns, grasses, and sedges, located in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. Since 2000, Keystone Wildflowers has strived to improve and rebuild the environment by encouraging habitat restoration and natural landscaping. Our purpose is to help you create and preserve native plant habitats for wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. To learn more about the plants we offer, visit keystonewildflowers.com, or find us on Facebook. To place an order or schedule an appointment, email us at bill@keystonewildflowers or call us at 610-750-4186.
Online Native Plant Sale
Lauren's Garden Service Native Plant Nursery
Now taking online prepaid plant orders and preparing the orders for delivery to your driveway (no human contact). Interested folks have 2 options for submitting orders:
1. Email email@example.com sizes and quantities of plants you would like to order. You can use our inventory to see what we usually carry but also tell us if you are wanting something that isn't on the list. We could likely get it for you.
2. Search for plants on our Online Native Plant shop and submit a quote that way. First deliveries scheduled for early April and will continue on a rolling basis.
Lauren's Garden Service and Native Plant Nursery is an eco-friendly design, install, maintain company with a native plant nursery in Western Howard County. Lauren Turner has been running LGS in Howard County, specializing in natives, for 15 years! We're experienced with drainage solutions, rain gardens and other stormwater BMPs and conservation landscapes. Check out our website to see photos of the type of work we do and what we offer at our native plant nursery. Like us on Facebook to see garden tips, pretty plant photos and updates on the biz. Give us a call if you have a project in mind! 410-461-2535.
Through the use of Native plants, we hope to encourage gardeners to use a more environmentally friendly approach to gardening. Our native plants are ideal for creating backyard habitats for wildlife, as well as enhancing butterfly and hummingbird gardens. Whether you are creating a new garden site or working on an existing site, we hope to provide the plants needed to achieve your goals. We specialize in herbaceous perennials & shrubs native to the Northeast.
Please check out our website for nursery hours or call to set up an appointment. 717-487-3612 or 717-225-0575 meadowsweetnative.com