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What is Conservation Landscaping?

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Conservation landscaping is a mindful gardening practice that takes into account the impact your small garden has on the larger ecosystem and watershed. You may have heard this practice referred to as “Bayscaping” in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The most…

5 Plants You Thought Were Native

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Because native plants have a long co-evolutionary history with the native wildlife of a location, they are uniquely well-suited choices for the modern garden. In this age of climate-change and habitat destruction, our gardens should do more than just look…

5 Edible Native Plants!

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In honor of the Baltimore Herb Festival this Saturday, we’ve been thinking a lot about native edible plants. Guest blogger Skylar Gibbons-Reich, manager of Hidden Harvest Farm and Herring Run Nursery edible plant expert, put together this guide of five…

Aphids and Native Plants

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This time of year you will probably notice Aphids clustered along stems and leaves in your garden.  Many gardeners ask themselves what to do about Aphids.  Our answer is simple: If you want your garden to support the ecosystem, leave…

Invasive Plant to Avoid: Japanese Spurge

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This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Herring Run Nursery will be focusing each day on one invasive plant and a native alternative. Don’t Plant: Japanese Spurge Brought from Eastern Asia as an ornamental ground-cover, Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra) is an…

Invasive Plant to Avoid: Burning Bush

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This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Herring Run Nursery will be focusing each day on one invasive plant and a native alternative. Don’t Plant: Burning Bush Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is planted by unsuspecting home-owners for its brilliant red color.…

Invasive Plant to Avoid: Chinese Silver Grass

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This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Herring Run Nursery will be focusing each day on one invasive plant and a native alternative. Don’t Plant: Chinese Silver Grass You’ve probably seen Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) in landscaping around parking lots or…