Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of­fer Bay-Wise con­sul­ta­tions

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Real Estate -

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers’ Bay-Wise team has been busy con­duct­ing fall Bay-Wise land­scape con­sul­ta­tions in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties. On Oct. 4, a team of Bay-Wise trained Mas­ter Gar­den­ers con­ducted a con­sul­ta­tion of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter in Grasonville. CBEC is a 510acre wildlife pre­serve that show­cases pris­tine wildlife habi­tat and is a model of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity on the Eastern Shore. Its pro­gram­ing and stew­ard­ship ethics reach a di­verse au­di­ence through restora­tion-based en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tional out­reach pro­grams.

On Oct. 23, another team of Bay-Wise trained Mas­ter Gar­den­ers con­ducted a con­sul­ta­tion of Wilmer Park in Ch­ester­town along with Kees de Mooy, Ch­ester­town zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor. Wilmer Park en­com­passes nearly seven acres of Mu­nic­i­pal Park along the Chester River. It was ded­i­cated in the 1970s and in­cludes: a liv­ing shore­line and water trail, a wet­land restora­tion area, nu­mer­ous na­tive trees, two rain gar­dens, the Lelia Hyn­son Pavil­ion, a gazebo, and the re­cently ded­i­cated Broad Reach sculp­ture and playscape. The month capped off with a fi­nal team of BayWise trained Mas­ter Gar­den­ers con­duct­ing a con­sul­ta­tion of Galilee Com­mu­nity Gar­den at Har­bor View in Chester on Oct. 24. A year ago, Galilee Com­mu­nity Gar­den started as an empty field. To­day, the com­mu­nity gar­den has 15 raised beds and four spe­cialty beds, in­clud­ing an herb gar­den and a pol­li­na­tor gar­den to en­cour­age bees and but­ter­flies. Mas­ter Gar­dener and ded­i­cated Galilee Com­mu­nity Gar­den vol­un­teer, Nancy O’Con­ner spear­headed the com­mu­nity gar­den in 2016 putting the dream into re­al­ity in 2017.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Bay-Wise con­sul­ta­tions and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions have taken place at nu­mer­ous pri­vate prop­er­ties through­out Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties this fall, in­clud­ing the first farm cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Deer­field Farm in Centreville is a 12acre farm that has thought­fully in­cor­po­rated a wide va­ri­ety of na­tive plants with all of their foun­da­tion and buf­fer plant­ings. Deer­field Farm was the first poul­try farm in Maryland to re­ceive a Farm Stew­ard­ship Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and As­sess­ment Pro­gram Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through the Maryland As­so­ci­a­tion of Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­tricts.

This pro­gram was es­tab­lished to ac­knowl­edge those farm­ers who are good stew­ards of their nat­u­ral re­sources and to en­cour­age and re­ward farm­ers to put more con­ser­va­tion best man­age­ment prac­tices on the land.

To sched­ule a Bay-Wise con­sul­ta­tion, call or email the Univer­sity of Maryland Ex­ten­sion Queen Anne’s County Mas­ter Gar­dener Co­or­di­na­tor Rachel Rhodes at 410-758-0166 or

Mas­ter Gar­den­ers are vol­un­teers who are trained by the Univer­sity of Maryland Ex­ten­sion and will come to your home or busi­ness to eval­u­ate your prop­erty. They can an­swer land­scape and gar­den­ing ques­tions and of­fer ad­vice on sound en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices.

This is a free ser­vice spon­sored through the Univer­sity of Maryland’s Ex­ten­sion of­fice. A con­sul­ta­tion usu­ally takes about one to two hours, de­pend­ing on the size and com­plex­ity of your yard. Con­sul­ta­tions fo­cus on prac­tices of healthy lawn main­te­nance, storm water man­age­ment, in­sect and dis­ease con­trol, com­post­ing waste, and se­lect­ing na­tive plants and trees that en­hance your prop­erty with min­i­mum up­keep.

Re­quest ad­vice about flower, fruit, and vegetable beds that beau­tify your yard and pro­vide friendly habi­tat for wildlife like song­birds, but­ter­flies, bees, and hum­ming birds. Com­pli­men­tary Bay-Wise signs are given to home­own­ers and busi­nesses that demon­strate sound Bay-Wise prac­tices. For in­for­ma­tion on the Bay-Wise Pro­gram and other en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices, visit www. ex­ten­ or see www.face­book. com/QueenAn­nesCoun­tyMasterGar­den­ers.

Vol­un­teers at the Galilee Com­mu­nity Gar­den at Har­bor View in Chester re­ceive a Bay-Wise Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion re­ceives the BayWise Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber.

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