Master Gardeners offer Bay-Wise consultations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. extension.umd.edu/baywise 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.