Claude Monet said, “My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” Homestead Gardens is the one-stop shop for helping people create nature corners of their own.
Whether or not you’ve visited their robust garden center & nursery just off Ritchie Highway or the sprawling grounds of their Davidsonville center, you can see their great work all throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
Homestead has been a pillar of the community, supporting efforts of West Street’s light canopy, Main Street’s iconic flower baskets, and the ArtWalk Crosswalk planters in the Arts District. Most recently hosting Corks for a Cause, a benefit for the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation, their name is known about town for their generosity.
Beyond their philanthropy, Homestead has built a community around the joy and education of tending to nature. For the seasoned gardener, The Golden Spades is a laid-back meet-up for ages 50+ to enjoy seminars or field trips led by Homestead’s master horticulturist. For some all-ages fun, plan a picnic with the family at the Barnyard with potbelly pigs, alpacas, chickens, and goats– oh my!
Their calendar has a full line-up of workshops and events, including an upcoming Matching Pollinators and Plants lesson, as well as the Crape Myrtle Festival in July. If you can’t make it to a workshop anytime soon, the Homestead blog is full of great ideas including specialty gardens, ways to get kids interested in plant-life, and inspiration for plantings in home decor.
Here are some of Homestead’s recommendations for Maryland native plants to support the local ecosystem: