What is climate-resilient gardening?

Making our gardens more resilient means improving their ability to adapt to and recover from difficult conditions. Climate change is bringing more variable and extreme weather, flooding, heatwaves, warmer winters, and “false springs.” These changes are happening in Maryland already and have an impact on our gardening environment, plants, wildlife, and human health.

As gardeners, we all can have a positive influence on the green spaces we tend to – whether that’s a yard, a community garden, or a neighborhood tree planting. You can choose practices that mitigate or reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and adapt your garden so that it continues to thrive and be a productive and healthy place of enjoyment as conditions change.

Explore the resources in each category below to learn what you can do to be a climate-friendly gardener!

  • gardeners at a community garden harvesting produce

    Climate Change & Gardening

  • illustration of increase in Maryland average temperature - climate change

    Climate Change Basics

It's warming. It's us. We're sure. It's bad. We can fix it.

Dr. Kimberly Nicholas Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Lund University

Composting and Climate Change

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