Letter to Editor: Time to Wake Up our Gateway

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With brilliant autumn colors of the Eastern Shore giving way to the somber approach of winter, gardeners are putting their plants to bed. We trim and mulch, add leaves and compost to feed the soil, and await the wonder of warm weather and spring blooms. Does anyone remember when the three traffic islands at the intersection of St. Michaels Road and the Bypass had plantings?

Some years ago, the State Highway folks decided to remove the plants and install grass. What we have been left with is dull, often dead, and uninteresting streetscape at a prominent point of entry to both St. Michaels and Easton. Surely this gateway deserves a more welcoming and attractive statement.

While not a safe area for local gardeners to tend, because of the traffic, the state should do better. Many diverse plants can tolerate the environment of this intersection. Perhaps too dangerous for attracting some pollinators, like butterflies, the location could still showcase native plants with color and interest.

The Eastern Shore has amazing biodiversity, and promoting it at this unique site would cheer residents as well as the many visitors passing through. I have found only deaf ears.

Ann Hymes
St. Michaels

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