New Native Garden in Bloom!

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center in Tilghman Island is host to a new native plant garden that is not only attracting butterflies and bees but also visitors who want to learn about plants for pollinators. Donated and installed by local author and artist Ann Hymes, the garden provides a focal point at the parking area and offers free brochures.

“I wanted a location that would value the importance of native plants,” said Hymes, “and Phillips Wharf is dedicated to education and environmental stewardship.  Founder Kelley Cox, a marine biologist, and her terrific staff are creating a legacy of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay.  Native plants are part of that history.”

More than two dozen varieties of plants, all perennials, are clearly marked with their common and botanical names.  The season began with the blossoms of Beard-Tongue Foxglove, Ninebark, and three different Chokeberry bushes.  Now color is popping forth with Wild Bergamot, Butterfly Weed, Stokes Aster, Bee Balm, and Wild Quinine.  Hymes had 20 yards of composted top soil brought in to establish the new garden.

“The strong sunshine precluded some of my favorites, like Cinnamon Ferns,’  added Hymes, “but there are tall and short plants that any gardener can manage.  Beware of Obedient Plant, so named because it isn’t!  I surrounded it with a stone wall, but it will find a way out! I love the late summer blooms, and it’s easy just to pull out when it’s naughty.”

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is located just over the bridge on Tilghman Island Road  —  and well worth a visit.  (410) 886-9200.

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