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Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival

  • 05/09/2015
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • New Germany State Park, Garrett County
Discover the important connection between native plants, people and wildlife at the second annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival!

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! Contact the two nurseries directly to order. Let them know you will be picking the plants up at the Mountain Maryland Plant Sale.
Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc.
Union Bridge, Maryland
Enchanter’s Garden Native Plant Nursery
Hinton, West Virginia
Scheduled walks, programs, and activities will appeal to children, teens & adults! 

Speakers include:
  • Barbara Beelar, Director, Friends of Deep Creek Lake - Lake Invaders
  • Ian Caton, Owner, Enchanter’s Garden Native Plant Nursery - Wildflower Meadows 
  • Kerrie L. Kyde, Invasive Plant Ecologist, MD Natural Heritage Program - Statewide Eyes: A Citizen Science Contribution to Protecting MD Biodiversity
  • Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography, Pennsylvania State University - What Does Climate Change Mean for Ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Region?
  • Matt Tillett, Editor, Maryland Biodiversity Project - Cataloging Maryland's Flora and Fauna with Citizen Science
Activities include:
  • Alien Invaders ❀ (search for exotic plants invading New Germany) 
  • Birds Count...Why You Should Too! (tally birds for May Count / Ed Gates, Al-Ga Counties’ Bird Club)
  • Let’s Pull Together ❀ (protect an endangered butterfly by pulling garlic mustard)
  • Natives at NGSP (survey native plants on this leisurely walk / Joe Metzger, MNPS)
  • Scavenger Hunt for New Germany Natives ❀ (find native plants with special features)
❀ - especially kid friendly & led by New Germany State Park staff 
Experts from local conservation organizations, agencies and universities will answer questions on native plants and related conservation topics. Groups hosting resource tables & booths include:
  • 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 and 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 MNPS 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

Directions: From I-68 take exit 22 and follow signs for New Germany State Park. Turn left into the park onto McAndrews Hill Road. Signs will direct you to parking for this special event.
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