Gardening with native plants benefits wildlife and the environment.
ANS maintains beautiful demonstration gardens at Woodend, offers gardening clinics and classes,
holds seasonal native plant sales and can even bring expert help right to your garden!
Gardening with native plants has many great benefits. Native plant species are adapted to local soil and climate conditions and have evolved complex relationships with local wildlife.
Carefully planned native plant gardens are easier to maintain, use fewer resources, and offer appropriate food and shelter for wildlife.
Native plants create habitats for birds, small mammals, reptiles, and insects
including important pollinators.
ANS established its first native plant garden in 2010. The Blair Native Plant Garden was created in memory of former ANS President William D Blair, with funds donated by his family.
Blair Garden showcases native plants that can be found in the three physiographic regions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain.
Plants were chosen for seasonal interest, ornamental features, and wildlife value ensuring that the garden stays interesting all year long.
ANS also uses native plant gardening to manage stormwater runoff with rain gardens and conservation landscapes that slow down rushing water and allow it to infiltrate.
ANS provides resources including classes, consultations, native plant sales, and more to help you create or enhance your own native plant garden.
"There is nothing like hands-on experience removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species. Through that process, I have learned more about each plant’s value and impact on improvement of the vibrancy and resilience of the plant and animal diversity at Woodend"
"I can not thank you all enough for providing fulfilling tangible projects - that saw the full lifecycle of restoration from invasive removal to planting - for our crews to really understand the impact of their work in the watershed."
"My first experience volunteering at Woodend involved surveying and nurturing the Restored Meadow. I quickly learned to identify many native plant species that were thriving in the meadow and also how much fun it was to volunteer with other nature loving folks."
"It's exciting to see new native plant specifies appearing on the property. Educating children about the importance of biodiversity, food chains, and native flora and fauna becomes much easier
when you are able to point them out."
ANS Garden Consultations
Looking to add habitat and food sources for wildlife in your garden?
Want to start growing some of your own food?
An on-site consultation with
ANS Garden Manager Jenny Brown
will help you:
• Define sunny, shady, dry and wet areas in your garden
• Identify your existing plants and recommend additions
• Strategize next steps to improve habitat or start a food garden
•Map your property showing garden conditions and recommendations
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