Native Seedling

All Hands on Deck!

In March, renowned horticulturist and landscape designer Claudia West led a design charrette to envision a beautiful and welcoming entrance garden that epitomizes the Arboretum’s mission. 

On May 26, that vision became reality when Arboretum staff, volunteers, Trustees, and more than 30 Chesapeake Bay Trust Chesapeake Conservation Corps members planted the garden with 4,500 plant plugs. The planting capped off months of planning and hard work. We are excited for the garden to evolve and are grateful for support from Arboretum Trustees and for a Chesapeake Bay Trust All Hands on Deck award that provided funding for plants and the helpful hands of Conservation Corps members.

Conservation Corps member Brandt Dirmeyer recently chronicled this effort for the Patapsco Heritage Greenway blog. Click here to learn about the planning and planting processes, and be sure to check out the garden’s progress on your next visit!