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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.


  • 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.