What happens when you mix locally native plants, a pile of mulch, and a little hard work? Something beautiful that's great for both wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. In May 2003, CBFO planned and planted a demonstration BayScape garden at a community center in Galestown, Maryland. A year later, the garden is lush, green, and teaming with butterflies. BayScape gardens replace turf and non-native species with native plants, helping to conserve water, reduce pollution, and provide habitat for wildlife.
The Galestown garden was part of a year-long "BayScaping to Benefit the Nanticoke River" program. The program consisted of a series of speakers, workshops, and planting events sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office and Nanticoke Watershed Preservation Group, Inc., in partnership with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. All of this was made possible with grants from Chesapeake Bay Trust and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Dream Big. Most of us only have
the time and money to plant a bed or two a year, but a well planned design
for your whole property can help you decide what to plant and where.
For more information on conservation
in the Nanticoke River watershed:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Salisbury
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: http://www.nanticokeriver.org
more information on BayScaping, including design tips, nursery lists, and plant
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service http://chesapeakebay.fws.gov/bayscapes.htm
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Guide to Maryland Native Plants http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/nativesMD/