Friday, June 1, 2012

Community Groups at the Market: Chesapeake Natives

We are very pleased to welcome Chesapeake Natives to Cheverly Community Market this weekend. They promote plants native to the Chesapeake Bay area throughout the region by gathering, growing and selling seeds and plants, as well as working with other agencies to rescue endangered plant species and use native plants in conservation efforts. Chesapeake Natives works with schools, too, setting up rain and butterfly gardens. Visit their website for a great overview of native species.

Recently, Chesapeake Natives moved to Pope Farm Nursery in Derwood, Maryland, and they are now volunteers for Montgomery County parks, propagating plants for use in nature centers, parks, and restoration projects.  They have provided plants to school groups and other projects and hope to continue to do so and also to continue to have plant sales and workshops on how to use and propagate native plants.  At the moment, they're still settling into our new spot and also finishing up a grant that studies the steep decline of Panax quinquefolius, ginseng, in Maryland.  Chesapeake Natives welcomes volunteers on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm.  Interested? Visit the Chesapeake Natives table at the Market this Saturday, or contact Sarah Fulton.

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