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Bottlebrush Grass – Gorgeous Native Ornamental For Your Garden

Elymus hystrix got its common name, Bottlebrush Grass, by having seed heads in the shape of a bottle-washing brush. Both the seed heads and the stems are coated with a white wax, making this a gorgeous ornamental grass for your…

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Greenlaurel: Bring birds and butterflies to your backyard with native plants

This article has been republished from Baltimore Fishbowl with permission from author Laurel Peltier, and features quotes from the HGIC’s native plant expert Sara Tangren. Crossing your fingers that lots of butterflies, birds, and bees will visit your outdoor space this summer?…

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The Cure for All Your Ills Might Just Be A Native Plant

You may know Yarrow as a great garden plant for attracting small pollinators and beneficial insects. But there’s a lot more to it than that! Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, has been used as a medicinal for a very long time. No,…

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Learning How to Identify Maryland’s Native Trees in Winter: Look at More Than Just the Bark

I was very excited to have the opportunity to take a winter tree identification class. I attended a great University of Maryland Extension (UME) Master Gardener Advanced Training course with UME native plant specialist Sara Tangren last week. I assumed…

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Meadow Making at Wiles Branch Park

  Under the direction of University of Maryland Extension’s Dr. Sara Tangren, local residents, Master Gardeners, and Master Naturalists cleared invasive plants from a 600 square foot section in Middletown’s Wiles Branch Park. The meadow section runs from Wiles’ Branch…

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Converting Lawn to Meadow at the Goddard Space Flight Center

Americans have a lot of lawn – an area over 8 times the size of New Jersey is dedicated to alien grasses and the constant mowing that they require. Much of this lawn is unused, even unwanted. This is the…

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Hummingbirds and spiders: Nature’s peanut butter and jelly

Guest author Susie Hill, Frederick County Master GardenerThis post originally appeared in the Frederick News-Post “Ahhhhh!” The sound waves of a bloodcurdling scream bent corners and penetrated the chestnut logs of my house. Up two flights of stairs and many…

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