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Invasive Plant to Avoid: Butterfly 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: Butterfly Bush Many of our customers are surprised to learn that butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is…

Invasive Plant to Avoid: English Ivy

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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: English Ivy Few invasive plants are as lovingly embraced by unsuspecting homeowners as English ivy (Hedera…

Invasive Plant to Avoid: Barberry

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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: Barberry Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is a deciduous shrub. Homeowners often plant it because of…

McElderry Park Stormwater Projects Are Underway

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We are excited to announce that we have begun construction of two faith-based stormwater projects in the McElderry Park neighborhood in southeast Baltimore. These projects, located at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, will add significant…

Hackberry: The Best Tree You’ve Never Heard About

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Few native trees are more deserving of appreciation, yet fail to receive it, than the common hackberry. Despite a slightly off-putting name, the native hackberry (Celtis occidentals) has all the attributes that homeowners want: Grows in a rounded, vase-like shape?…

Eat Your Natives

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In 2012, for the first time ever, Herring Run Nursery was a vendor at the 25th annual Baltimore Herb Festival. We grow and sell native plants primarily for their wildlife value and pollution reduction merits, but it turns out that many native…