$7,500 grant to complete designs of Hatton-Regester Green parcel


September 11, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HATTON-REGESTER GREEN may not be a familiar name, yet. But this small parcel of land that is part of the B&A Trail Park is well on its way to becoming one of the most beautiful gathering spots in Old Severna Park.

The approximately 1 1/2 -acre green stretches alongside the B&A Trail next to the Old Severna Park railroad station. You'll recognize it by the little white building that houses the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce headquarters and by the wooden gazebo built this summer by members of the Severn River rugby team.

The Friends of the B&A Trail, a 4-year-old volunteer organization that supports development of the 13-mile-long trail park, has received a $7,500 matching grant to complete designs for the Hatton-Regester property from the Maryland Department of Transportation's Recreational Trails Program.

"We've already spent more than the matching amount on the green," said Stan Lebar, president of the group. "The county is putting in a water main for us, and then we're going to do the gardens and pathways. The water is supposed to be finished by mid-September."

With the awarding of the grant, the trail support group can proceed with plans to plant trees and build gardens, pathways and picnic areas around the gazebo, the park's focal point.

The design and coordination of the gardens is being directed by Elizabeth Wyble, a member of the friends group's board and a former garden club district director.

"We plan to have gardens that are not only beautiful, but also educational," Wyble said. "And we hope people can use our ideas in their own landscape at home.

"We're probably going to have a total of six gardens integrated to show shade gardens, water gardens, and medicinal and herbal gardens."

Planting and upkeep of the gardens will offer adults and young people the opportunity for community service, and will give seniors the chance to get back to the soil.

The Severn River Garden Club designed and maintains the garden surrounding the train station, and the Holly Berry Garden Club will coordinate the development and maintenance of the Hatton-Regester gardens.

The Friends of the B&A Trail, with a membership of nearly 200, is considering several other projects.

"We're trying to get the wetlands along the trail under the wetland trust and then develop them into an educational laboratory," Lebar said.

He described a walk through the solar system, with globes to represent the sun and the planets, and plaques with information, as well as what he called "the B&A Zoo" -- concrete footprints of animals with graphics to identify them.

"We hope to add an element of motion," he said. "For example: How far does a gazelle leap? How far up the tree does a bear scratch?"

The Hatton-Regester gardens are expected to be completed by spring.

If you would like to help, call Wyble at 410-647-6621.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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