Adkins Arboretum’s third annual garden tour, “Celebrating Natives,” is a different kind of garden tour, one that focuses on sustainable approaches to Eastern Shore gardening. The Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place is the hub of this self-guided driving tour of outstanding gardens in and around Easton, St. Michaels, Bozman, and Tilghman. Taking place Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the tour not only highlights the beauty of the gardens but emphasizes their importance in a biodiverse landscape.
“Celebrating Natives” features eight unique gardens, each demonstrating varying commitments to native plantings and uses of sustainable practices such as rain barrels and composting. The gardens range from a small quarter-acre space that began as a blank slate, to a multi-acre waterfront property showcasing a living shoreline and thriving native trees, to a garden slowly transitioning from exotic plants to natives. Peruse the photos below for glimpses of these beautiful and inspiring gardens.
The first garden tour of its kind on the Eastern Shore, “Celebrating Natives” exemplifies the Arboretum’s mission of teaching about and showing by example the importance of using native plants in restoring balance to the ecosystem and fostering community relationships. Native plants are those that grew and thrived on the Eastern Shore before the introduction of European settlers. Because these plants have adapted naturally to the region’s ecology of climate, insects, and wildlife, they are a better choice than non-native plants.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Click here to order your advance ticket today!