Maryland's birthday weekend sees gardens and grounds opening, with free advice available now

Family friendly events will take place at over 20 Anne Arundel County locations during the weekend of March 25-27, 2022. For 15 years, the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Anne Arundel County has been celebrating Maryland's birthday weekend by telling the diverse stories of the history and cultures in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Efforts by University of Maryland Master Gardener volunteers at three of these sites. Spring’s arrival offers a great opportunity to explore our county’s cultural resources and learn about Master Gardener’s significant community impact. The Chase Lloyd House located at 22 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis features lovely gardens that contain ornamental, native and vegetable plantings. Visitors learn how native plants and vegetables can blend into an established landscape creating biodiversity and supporting sustainable horticultural Bay-Wise practices, such as conserving water, composting and creating habitats for wildlife. There is a garden composting information station and self-guided tour of the garden. Master Gardeners are available to answer questions with visitation occurring on Friday and Saturday, March 25 & 26, from 10 am – 4 pm. Also, you might consider a visit to Hancock’s Resolution Historic Farm Park located at 2795 Bayside Beach Road in Pasadena on Saturday, March 26, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm or on Sunday, March 27 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Visit the 1785 stone farmhouse, outbuildings, graveyard and grounds. Thenewly constructed barn/visitor center will be open with displays and artifacts related to Anne Arundel County’s truck farming past. Master Gardener volunteers tend the kitchen and dooryard gardens, which contain plants for food preparation, medicinal use, clothing dyes, and other household uses. In addition, there was a virtual panel discussion on European and African American Truck Farmers and Picker’s Checks held on Friday, March 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Finally, Linthicum Walks located at 2295 Davidsonville Road in Gambrills will offer tours of the historic farm home and property, including the home’s interior, arboretum, and family cemetery. Master Gardeners tend the gardens and provide environmental education through signage, tours and events. The goal of the project is to demonstrate sustainable gardening practices, the importance of pollinators, and the ecological importance of native plants. To find out more about these and other Master Gardener Projects, visit https://extension.umd.edu/locations/anne-arundel-county/master-gardener-program/master-gardener-projects or contact Interim Master Gardener Coordinator Nancy Allred at NAllred@umd.edu or call 410-222-3900. This article is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. Please support us by supporting them! Omega Garage Door Repair

Maryland's birthday weekend sees gardens and grounds opening, with free advice available now