October 27, 2011
They pulled, scraped and snipped, chatting about the satisfaction of giving nature a boost as well as the task of checking themselves for ticks. In a little more than two hours on Tuesday morning, these dozen volunteers working alongside Howard County parks staffers had offered TLC to about 300 young trees and shrubs, planted eight more saplings and removed invasive plants in a low-lying section of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. A similar event takes place once a month for much of the year in the 1,051-acre parkland under a longtime Conservation Stewardship Program coordinated with the county's master gardeners, volunteers who are part of the University of Maryland Extension Service.
September 21, 2011
The Harford County Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the University of Maryland – Master Gardeners and the Harford County Library, will be holding a rain garden workshop at Abingdon Library Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://www.hcplonline.info or call 410-638-3990. The focus of the workshop will be how homeowners can create rain gardens in their own backyards.
July 13, 2011
Before Barry Glassman could begin his garden, he first had to find the ground. His row house had been an apartment building and the yard next door a dump for the residents' refuse for 20 years. In 1996, he bought the property and began the transformation. The first step, says Glassman who is retired from the banking and investment business, was to remove the trash — 40 contractor-size bags of it. He had no set plan in the beginning. "I knew enough to go out and rent the biggest Rototiller I could find," he says.
May 6, 2011
If you are a procrastinator like I am, and are lucky enough to live in close proximity to the maternal units you plan to celebrate on Sunday, then consider gifts of native plants instead of cut flowers or arrangements. Cylburn Arboretum will hold its annual Market Sale tonight and Saturday, with vendors selling wildflowers and native plants that should be adapted to the native climate --- meaning they won't require green thumbs or excess care to make them thrive. You might find it more convenient to hit Blue Water Baltimore's nursery sale on Sunday.
July 30, 2010
Sunday, Aug. 1 'The Fantasticks' This musical romantic play is presented by the Children's Theatre of Annapolis at 2 p.m. at 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis. Additional performances will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, Thursday, Aug. 5, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7. Tickets are $25-$35. Showtimes and information: 410-757-2281 or childrenstheatreofannapolis.org. 'Living Lawnmowers' Watch a herd of 40 goats return to Hancock's Resolution Park to graze in the forest, eating invasive vines and giving native seedlings a chance to take root, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take a free tour of the historic farmhouse on the property.
May 17, 2010
Over here, reddish-bronze flowers of a little columbine nod in the breeze. And over there, a scrawny azalea is sprouting new leaves. They are among plants in a new student-built rain garden at Brooklyn Park Middle School, an eighth-grade project that entwined everything from English and science classroom studies to service learning hours and getting dirty outside. "One of the main ways you can conserve water is by having a rain garden," said 13-year-old Octavia James, pointing out aspects of the garden that will be dedicated in a ceremony Tuesday at the Anne Arundel County public school.