The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy has designed conservation gardens since 2009 as part of watershed restoration projects.
Conservation gardens include rain gardens, Bayscape gardens, edible Bayscape gardens, and microbioretention practices. These gardens are attractive, practical, and can be sized to fit any yard or landscape. Designed to mimic nature, these gardens are comprised of hardy native plants that naturally provide food and habitat for species native to the Gunpowder watershed.
Benefits of a Bayscape garden
Bayscapes, which feature native plants, are a low-maintenance alternative to traditional landscaping.
- Less Water: Bayscape gardens typically require little watering during seasonal droughts. Unlike turfgrass, most native plants have deep root systems that can reach groundwater, making them less reliant on irrigation
- Less fertilizer: Since native plants are adapted to Maryland's soils, they don't need as much fertilizer. Less fertilizer also means less nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
- Less lawn to mow!
Bayscapes are also beautiful and environmentally-friendly!
- Beautify your yard with colorful native trees, shrubs, flowers, and/or grasses
- Harvest fresh organic produce from your edible Bayscape
- Provide habitat for native pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
Learn which native plants to add to your garden. Volunteer at a Bayscape workshop. No gardening experience required!
"Using the information that I received at the [Rain Garden and Bayscape] design workshop, I planted 3 winterberry bushes on the water side of our house. Last Friday there were 8 bluebirds chowing down on the berries. Success! Natives rock!"
~ Mary Scott, Bowley's Quarters resident