University of Maryland Extension


A growing group of Master Gardeners work on a wide variety of activities to help reduce pollutants flowing into our backyard treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. In order to increase interest in this important endeavor, we are focusing on the quality of water in our streams with a new theme:

Our activities include education, outreach, workshops, and creative events in addition to Bay-Wise landscape consultations and certifications for property owners. Click here for the 75-second Bay-Wise introductory video produced by a Towson University student. 


Contact: Sharon Row at or 410-635-2612

In May 2007, Master Gardeners and Tom Sheets, a volunteer who continues to support the annual mulching efforts, gathered to plant the native garden at the Eldersburg Library. Since then, the Master Gardeners have used the library plot as a perfect space for a demonstration garden to teach the patrons of the library about the importance of native plants in the landscape. They have adapted, changed, moved, removed, added, pruned and nurtured to demonstrate the care of a BayWise garden to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The garden has flourished: the Monarch caterpillars and butterflies amaze the young patrons of the library, the swallowtails are in residence, the bluebird box has been home for many broods, and toads like to lurk in the mulch.

The garden began when the library obtained a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to establish a native garden to attract birds and beneficial insects. The library requested the assistance of Carroll County Master Gardeners to create a BayScaped butterfly garden and bird sanctuary at the entrance to the library. Andrea Kowaleski and Rose Norseth, after completing a course entitled “Native Plants of the Piedmont Area”, spent many hours and months researching and designing the garden. The design of the garden is an educational resource for patrons of the library who want to learn more about Maryland native plants, BayScaping and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

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