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Sat, May 11

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New Germany State Park

9th Annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival

The Maryland Native Plant Society is partnering with both New Germany and the Friends of New Germany State Park to sponsor this FREE event! Native Roots will be presenting at 10:30am, “Restoring Ecological Services with Native Plant Gardening”.

9th Annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival
9th Annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival

Time & Location

May 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

New Germany State Park, 349 Headquarters Ln, Grantsville, MD 21536, USA

About the event

  • Plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region! (Some nurseries accept preorders for pickup at the event; contact each nursery directly to arrange)
Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery - Floyd, VA Evergreen Heritage Center - Mount Savage, MD Native Roots, Inc - Mineral Wells, WV Wild Spirit Native Plants - Thurmont, MD
  • Nature-themed artisan items! (Be prepared to make purchases using cash or check; due to limited cell service at the park credit cards may not be accepted)
Marta Fiscus Photography - Cumberland, MD (award winning macro photos) Peggy Nixon Designs - Salisbury, PA (hand-painted slates & note cards) Keen and Bright - Swanton, MD (glass creations) Peasant’s Parcel - Capon Bridge, WV (grow your own mushrooms) Appalachian Wax Works - Oakland, Maryland (quality goods from the bee hive)
  • Special guest speakers!
10:30 to 11:30 am Jen Johnson, Owner/Operator, Native Roots Inc.“Restoring Ecological Services with Native Plant Gardening” 12 noon to 1:00 pm Ian Caton, Owner/Operator, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery“Super Tough Wildflowers” 1:30 to 2:30 pm Mitch Hall, Director of Landcare Services, Fourth River Workers Guild, Pittsburgh, PA “Reading Between the Lines”
  • Family-friendly activities! Ranger-guided walks ("Eating Invasives" and "Tree ID") plus a unique bingo game!
  • Conservation education displays! Get answers to your questions on native plants and other conservation topics from:
University of Maryland Extension - Garrett County Master GardenersGarrett TrailsMaryland Conservation CorpsAmerican Forest FoundationGarrett County Solid Waste & RecyclingEvergreen Heritage CenterMaryland Department of Agriculture - Spotted Lanternfly ProgramGarrett County Forestry BoardFriends of New Germany State ParkWest Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut FoundationGarrett Soil Conservation DistrictMaryland Native Plant Society

The Maryland Native Plant Society is partnering with both New Germany and the Friends of New Germany State Park to sponsor this FREE event! The public is welcome to attend (no registration required) but your support of the vendors & organizations through your purchases is deeply appreciated! Only snacks and drinks are available at the Lake House, so pack a picnic lunch and spend the day in this beautiful mountain park.

Driving Directions:

From Baltimore: West on I-70 to Hancock. Pick up I-68 and travel through Cumberland, MD. Continue west to Exit 22. Enter the roundabout and take the fourth exit onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Pass the Comfort Inn and follow Chestnut Ridge Road for three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel two miles to the New Germany State Park entrance on left. Travel time ~ three hours. Signs will direct you to parking for this special event. From Washington, D.C.: Take 270 north to Frederick, MD. Pickup I-70 west and follow directions above for Baltimore. Travel time ~ 3.5 hours. From Pittsburgh, PA/Morgantown, WV: Take I-79 to I-68 east into Maryland to Exit 22 toward the Comfort Inn. Enter the roundabout and take the first exit onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Travel about three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel to the New Germany State Park entrance on left. Travel time ~ one hour from Morgantown and 2 hours from Pittsburgh. Signs will direct you to parking for this special event.

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