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native plants

Got Shade? Native Plants for Shady Gardens

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn about some native plants that are adapted to shade, add color and texture to your landscape, and benefit pollinators and other wildlife. Example garden designs will be presented.

Ecosystem Modeling: Using Natural Plant Communities as Models for Landscape Design

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Quarry Gardens, Schuyler, VA
Central Virginia Advanced Training Workshops for Certified CBLPs (and other professionals!) LEAD INSTRUCTOR is Devin Floyd, Center for Urban Habitats, with additional instruction by David Hirschman of Hirschman Water and Environment LLC. This class covers site assessments, research, and the...

Five Ways to Ring in Spring with Cleaner Water

Spring is a time of rejuvenation, getting your hands dirty in the soil, and performing routine maintenance around the exterior of your home. Here are five great ways to spruce up your home while helping clean the water heading to your local stream. 1. Plant Native Plants Native plants are beautiful...

Horticulture Field Day

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Northern Outreach Center of Garrett College
Horticulture Field Day October 17, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm Northern Outreach Center of Garrett College Cost is $25 and includes light breakfast and lunch Please join University of Maryland Extension-Allegany and Garrett Counties, for a day of learning. Available class topics include technical...

Going Native

Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Baltimore County Center for MD Agriculture
Connie Schmotzer Going Native Have you wondered what the excitement and buzz about native plants is about? Learn the how’s and why’s of this new way to landscape. Find out why native plants are important to our ecosystem and how our gardens fit into the scheme of things. Pick up new techniques for...

Landscaping with Native Plants

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Career Technology Training Center (CTTC)
Explore the benefits of using native plants in your landscape. Do you have a passion for home gardening and home horticulture? Ever wanted to know more about the science behind gardening? If so, consider taking some gardening courses! Garrett College in Cooperation with the University of Maryland...

Black gum

Nyssa sylvatica Now this is one you should run out and buy if you need a shade tree. A native that grows up to fifty feet in height and a width of thirty feet, black gum is one of the best trees for fall color going from yellow to orange to red to purple. Although the flowers are not spectacular,...
Branching Out - Fall 2014. Branching Out is published quarterly by the University of Maryland Extension's Woodland Stewardship Education program. To subscribe, go to or email editor Andrew A. Kling at .More info


Fothergilla major Nothing but pleasure rewards you for planting this native shrub. Fothergilla has virtually no diseases or pests. White spring flowers are short perky bottle-brushes, actually not comprised of petals but myriad stamens with a honeyed fragrance. Fall foliage in a dazzling palette of...


Asimina triloba Wouldn’t you know America’s largest native fruit would be exceptional? The green or yellow pawpaw fruit, ripening in September-October, has the startling flavor of bananas, plus undertones of vanilla, pineapple and mango. The 1-2 ½” mauvey-purple flowers start female and then go...


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