Maryland Native Plant Festival May 9 Features Fun and Learning For All Ages

Last Updated on Apr 23, 2015 at 1:46pm | Agribusiness

Discover the important connection between native plants, people and wildlife at the second annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival on May 9th at New Germany State Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A large variety of plants native to the mid-Atlantic will be available for sale (cash or check only) from these select regional native plant nurseries. Advance orders are appreciated!

   ♦ Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc., Union Bridge, Maryland - www.clearridgenursery.com
   ♦ Enchanter’s Garden Native Plant Nursery, Hinton, West Virginia - www.enchantersgarden.com
 
Speakers include:
 
   ♦ Lake Invaders - Barbara Beelar, Director, Friends of Deep Creek Lake
   ♦ Making Meadows: How to Design, Install and Care for NATIVE Perennial Wildflower Meadows - Ian Caton, Owner,
      Enchanter’s Garden Native Plant Nursery
   ♦ Statewide Eyes: A Citizen Science Contribution to Protecting MD Biodiversity - Kerrie L. Kyde, Invasive Plant Ecologist,
      MD Natural Heritage Program
   ♦ What Does Climate Change Mean for Ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Region? - Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography,
      Pennsylvania State University
   ♦ Cataloging Maryland's Flora and Fauna with Citizen Science - Matt Tillett, Editor, Maryland Biodiversity Project
 
Activities include:

   ♦ Alien Invaders (search for exotic plants invading New Germany) - this activity is especially kid friendly & led by New Germany State Park staff
   ♦ Birds Count...Why You Should Too! (tally birds for annual May Count)
   ♦ Let’s Pull Together  (protect an endangered butterfly by pulling garlic mustard) - this activity is especially kid friendly & led by
      New Germany State Park staff
   ♦ Natives at NGSP (survey native plants on this leisurely walk)
   ♦ Scavenger Hunt for New Germany Natives (find native plants with special features) - this activity is especially kid friendly & led by
      New Germany State Park staff

Experts from local conservation organizations will help answer questions about adding natives to your landscape, as well as other topics:

   ♦ Allegany & Garrett Counties’ Bird Club
   ♦ Evergreen Heritage Center
   ♦ Friends of Deep Creek Lake
   ♦ Friends of New Germany State Park
   ♦ Frostburg Grows
   ♦ Maryland 4-H Environmental Education & Camping Center
   ♦ Maryland Conservation Corps
   ♦ Maryland Native Plant Society
   ♦ Mountain Laurel Garden Club
   ♦ Savage River Watershed Association
   ♦ University of Maryland Extension - Garrett County Master Gardeners
   ♦ Youghiogheny River Watershed Association
 
New Germany State Park & the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this free event. Your support of participating native plant nurseries through your plant purchases is deeply appreciated! For your convenience, drinks, snacks & lunch items will also be available for purchase at the Lake House.

For more information visit www.dnr.maryland.gov or www.mdflora.org.