WELCOME TO OUR NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
We can help you realize your goals of helping to sustain a healthy ecosystem, supporting local wildlife, and contributing to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay — all while gaining a stunning landscape. It’s a win-win for everyone. Now, let’s go get it done.
We are pleased to provide you with native plants for the 2018 season. Just a reminder, plant availability varies throughout the year. We’ll do our best to meet your order. When shopping for natives, as when shopping for any plant for your landscape, there are several things to consider… soil conditions, sun exposure, deer resistance, drought resistance… and more.
Scroll down, you’ll find the hours for our Glenwood, MD nursery or keep scrolling to shop online.
The Nursery @LAUREN'S GARDEN SERVICE
Open April thru December
LAUREN'S GARDEN SERVICE
Native Plant Nursery
3575 Sharp Rd
Glenwood, MD 21738
Monday-Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 3PM
Designer & Horticulturist, Owner-operator
Lauren's Garden Service, LLC
HOW OUR ONLINE SHOP WORKS
- Add the desired products to your quote list.
- Fill out and submit the quote list information form.
- Lauren’s team will get back to you with quotes and information within 1 – 2 business days.
If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com.
WHY CHOOSE NATIVES?
All the Buzz About?
It is probably a good idea to begin with the definition of a native plant. Native plants are species that would naturally grow in a specific region without any human intervention. Another way to describe them would be to say they are indigenous to the region. This makes them great candidates for local landscapes.
As a naturalist, I have enjoyed and focused on using natives throughout my whole career as a gardener. Why? It is because they provide a number of benefits to the local environment and are very well adapted to our growing conditions. Additionally, with the increased use of pesticides over the past 80 years, the introduction of invasive species, and the cultivation of miles and miles of lawns, we have damaged the ecosystems that we rely on for food and water. Though this has had unfortunate and dangerous consequences, with the growth in our knowledge about the impact our choices have on the environment, we are poised to change the trajectory and reverse some of the damage we’ve caused.
Do Native Plants Offer?
- Attract and feed local wildlife and pollinators. It’s wonderful to see birds, butterflies, fox, bats, turtles, frogs, bees and hummingbirds right in your yard. Enough native plants in an area can create ‘corridors’ that support the local ecosystem and increase the survival of important species by providing continuous habitat that is quickly being lost to developments.
- Require less maintenance and less watering. Native plants, planted in the proper location in your landscape, can use much less maintenance and water than some other plantings. It’s a win-win for you and the environment.
- Help prevent soil erosion. Native plants can produce long root systems. These roots can help to hold soil in place. This is particularly important if you have steeper inclines on your property where lack of well established root systems can result in significant soil loss as well as contribute to flooding, and thereby, poor water quality.
Qualifies as Local?
Obviously, there is a broad range of opinions when it comes to which native plants are acceptable. I tend to fall on the ‘live and let live’ end of the spectrum. If I really think about it I can find plausible evidence to support all ranges of the spectrum. Our locally native plants have provided food and shelter to our local wildlife but there are also non-native species that have been shown to be beneficial for local wildlife as well. For instance, the monarch butterfly will feed off of lantana, a non-native annual plant.
I personally like to rely mostly on locally native species and then sprinkle in non-natives or natives of the Southeastern, Eastern or Northeastern US.