Gardening for the Bays
Gardening for the Bays!
A win-win…for you and the watershed! A lot of us here in the Inland Bays watershed moved here from some place else…from Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, northern Virginia…the Piedmont, where the soils are loamy and deep and the climate is different.
Welcome to the Coastal Plain! Where the soils are sandy, the winds carry salt spray, and wetlands abound. We’d like to help you learn how to Garden for the Bays with native plants that need less water and care because they are adapted to our climate and soils. As an added bonus, native plants attract native birds, butterflies and support our native fauna.
- Invasive Species – The “Baddest of the Bad” : the CIB guide on invasive plants to avoid!
- Plants for a Livable Delaware Series (UD Cooperative Extension): A series of brochures were developed to educate Delawareans about the problem of invasive plants in the landscape.
Includes the popular:
– Plants for a Livable Delaware (pdf),
– Controlling Backyard Invaders (pdf),
– Livable Plants for the Home Landscape (pdf)
- Invasive Plant List (Delaware Invasive Species Council): Plants on this list include species that are non-native to Delaware, have the potential for widespread dispersal and establishment, can out-compete other species in the same area, and have the potential for rapid growth, high seed or propagule productions and establishment in natural areas.
- Delaware’s University Extension help line: Offers free soil testing and plant diagnostics and even offers informative workshops!
- Sustainable Landscapes (UD College of Ag. & Natural Resources): A sustainable landscape is a stable and productive ecosystem that conserves the physical and biological processes occurring on that landscape.
- North American Native Plants Database (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center): Explore the wealth of native plants in North America, ask questions, find answers, and test your knowledge!
Defining What is Native — What Is A Native Plant? (U.S. Federal Highway Administration):It is obvious that plants (or animals) accidentally or deliberately imported by people from faraway places are not native, but it is more difficult to determine whether plants in a general region or state are native to a particular site.
Annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale
Looking for native plants? Head to the CIB’s annual Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale held every year in early spring at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View near Bethany Beach. Participating Garden Centers include the East Coast Garden Center (Millsboro, DE), Environmental Concern (St. Michaels, MD), EnviroTech (Milton, DE), Inland Bays Garden Center (Frankford, DE), and Roots Nursery (Selbyville, DE).
For this year’s date and more information,
visit the official Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale page.