University of Maryland Extension

South County Senior Center

South County Senior Center gardens are located between the parking lot and the Senior Center and the adjacent Edgewater Library on Stephney Lane in Edgewater, Maryland.  What were abandoned gardens are now reclaimed.  The Master Gardener team and local volunteers have recovered the land from succession, controlled the weeds and brambles, found the original plantings and added native flowers and trees.

One goal of the project is to provide beauty to the senior citizens who participate in the functions offered at the center.  Additionally, part of our mission is to educate the patrons about good gardening practices.  Each time we work there, patrons stop by with questions about what we are planting and why we are planting that kind of plant.  These kind and good people love to share their stories and offer their advice and comments.

We also educate.  On the first of every month we post new educational information on subjects such as planting zones, micro climates, parts of a plant, and plant facts.  During the summer months, we include hummingbird feeders in the gardens and the participants are thrilled by the arrival of the fascinating little birds.  We hear lots of stories about the latest sightings.

We also have been fortunate to partner with the Anne Arundel County Facilities crew in clearing diseased rose bushes and obtaining native plants.  We will continue this partnership.

In 2018, the South County Senior Center Gardens received a grant from Unity Gardens. A plan was developed to install three gardens in the large bed between the building and parking lot. With the planting of 66 new native plants and the many volunteer hours it took, the gardens are an amazing breathtaking sight for the many seniors passing through. We are also fortunate to team up with the Anne Arundel County Facilities crew. From mulching to cutting back lilies, we will continue this great partnership. 

All master gardeners are invited to come to our planned work sessions.  The work is easy and the comradery is instant.  Work sessions are advertised through the newsletter articles and newsflashes and direct emails.  The public is welcome to work with us. They receive advanced notification found on the bulletin board inside the Center, on the Library community board, on the marquee in front of the two buildings, and in the Center’s newsletter.

This project is about giving.  We give the community and those who attend the Center and the Library beautiful and colorful plantings and sound gardening education.  And we are given, in return, compliments and words of gratitude from those we meet there.  It’s a win-win and it doesn’t get better than that. Join us!

For more information on the South County Senior Center project, please contact Angie Thomas - thomasangelita@aol.com.

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