GRANTSVILLE — Three native plant nurseries will be featured at the third annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival at New Germany State Park on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A large variety of plants and seeds native to the Mid-Atlantic will be available. Advance orders for pickup at the festival may be made by contacting each vendor directly.
Enchanter’s Garden Native Plant Nursery of Hinton, W.Va., will return this year. The nursery specializes in native plants of the Appalachian region including West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. For a list, go to www.enchantersgarden.com or call 215-272-1843.
Go Native Tree Farm of Lancaster County, Pa., will join this year’s festival as the woody plant vendor. The nursery offers customers all of the nearly 500 eastern North American native shrubs and trees. Its spring species list is available at www.gonativetrees.com or call 717-399-0195.
Another new nursery this year is Mount Savage Native Plant Nursery & Farm, owned and operated by Joe Metzger, an expert botanist and local member of the Maryland Native Plant Society. After moving in 2014 to Mount Savage, Metzger started to slowly collect and plant local seeds. His current focus is on various species of milkweed along with native annuals and biennials. To check on species availability, email Mt.Savage.F.a.N@hotmail.com.
In addition to the plant sale, activities will highlight native plants and biodiversity. Speakers will include Sunshine Brosi, professor, biology department, Frostburg State University; Ian Caton, Enchanter’s Garden owner; Candy DeBerry, professor of biology, Washington & Jefferson College; and Sara Via, professor, departments of biology and entomology, University of Maryland.
Experts from Engage Mountain Maryland, Evergreen Heritage Center, Friends of Deep Creek Lake, Friends of New Germany State Park, Maryland Conservation Corps, Maryland Native Plant Society, Savage River Watershed Association and University of Maryland Extension-Garrett County Master Gardeners will answer questions.
New Germany State Park and the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring this free event. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.