Discover the important connection between native plants, people & wildlife at this 7th annual event!
Native Plant Nurseries - A large variety of native ferns, sedges, grasses, flowers, shrubs, & trees will be available for sale (cash or check only) from these regional plant nurseries:
Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery, Floyd, VA
Evergreen Heritage Center, Mount Savage, MD
Go Native Tree Farm, Lancaster, PA
Orders may also be placed with these vendors ahead of time for pick-up the day of the event.
Speakers - There will be hour-long, digital presentations geared for teens & adults in the Recreation Hall including:
The Second Wave of Earthworm Invasion - Katalin Szlavecz, Research Professor,Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
The Meadow at Home - Ian Caton, Owner/Operator, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery
The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change - Matt Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, Appalachian Lab, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Conservation Organizations - There will be local experts available to answer questions about native plants & and other natural resource topics at their display booths in the Lake House including:
Evergreen Heritage Center
Friends of New Germany State Park
Garrett TrailsMaryland Conservation Corps
Maryland Native Plant Society
Trout UnlimitedUniversity of Maryland Extension - Garrett County Master Gardeners
Family-friendly Activities (hour-long, led by MCC crew members; meet at MCC display in Lake House)
New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this FREE event. New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this festival. The event is free but your support of these organizations and native plant vendors through your purchases is deeply appreciated. Visitors may pack a picnic lunch or buy snacks and drinks at the Lake House. For more information phone the ranger station at 301-895-5453 or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov or www.mdflora.org
To get a better idea of why this continues to be such a nice event, view this video created by our friends at Engage Mountain Maryland https://youtu.be/eFkj4lahKcw
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.
More details to follow as available.