Greening the Nursery
The Chesapeake Land Stewardship Initiative is a partnership among the Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Pickering Creek Audubon Center, all sites in the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. Located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Arboretum and its partner sites are committed to providing current and sound information on land stewardship practices that individuals can use to improve the health of the Bay and its local lands, rivers, and streams.
The Arboretum is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the region's native plants and is actively engaged in conserving and managing the native meadows, woods, and wetlands that define its 400 acres in Caroline County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 2008, the Arboretum launched its Nursery Greening Program, an initiative to implement best management practices at its native plant nursery. As part of this initiative, and with support from Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the Arboretum constructed a rain garden at the Native Plant Nursery in 2010 and 2011. In addition, the Arboretum maintains meadows of native warm season grass to provide wildlife habitat and help preserve this threatened ecosystem.