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News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Farewell Maddalena

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Maddalena Blondell began volunteering at Herring Run Nursery three summers ago when she was just 16. A budding plant enthusiast, Maddalena had an interest in learning more about the connection between plants and people. She volunteered repotting plants, staking sapling…

Four Ferns for Dry Places

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When gardeners are looking for native plants for dry shade, ferns are not often the first type of plant to come to mind. It is true that many species of ferns prefer consistent moisture, yet there are ferns that are…

Six Perennials To Bring the Pollinators

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When gardeners realize the value of our native pollinators and the crucial relationship those pollinators have with native plants, a natural question arises. What are the best native plants for pollinators? There are many different ways to answer that question but,…

What’s That Fly? Tiger Bee Fly

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The diversity of insects in Maryland is sometimes astonishing. And in a healthy environment – full of native plants and free of pesticides – complex webs of life evolve. The webs often include what gardeners sometimes refer to as “beneficial…

BEE-more Native!

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Not sure which plants to use in your garden this spring? Go native! Plants native to an area are more well-suited to that area’s climate and soil, requiring less maintenance once established. Besides being good for you, native plants are…

Six Great Native Plant Lectures, New for 2015

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Wondering why using native plants in your garden is so important to the environment? Curious about which plants, and planting strategies, are best for attracting birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife? To make it easier, we are offering six great…

Leave the Leaves Alone

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Resist the urge to bag up the leaves from your yard, sidewalk, or roadway. Leaves from you trees provide natural fertility to your turf grass, offer crucial shelter for overwintering wildlife, and are a free source of mulch for your garden beds.