Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Who is affected by the health of the Chesapeake Bay? The 48 major rivers, 100 smaller rivers, and thousands of tiny creeks that make up the Chesapeake Bay watershed are home to over 2,700 species of plants and animals and 15 million people. The Bay is part of a vast interconnected ecosystem. Sewage, manure, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum products are carried into the Bay from local streams and waterways.
Why are native plants good for the Chesapeake Bay? The many species of native plants in Maryland help to filter out pollutants from runoff into waterways. These plants require little maintenance; including fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or gas-powered mowing and are drought resistant. Native plants don't invade and take over other plants.
What is a MaryLandscape? MaryLandscapes, the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000's (Maryland 2000) environmental stewardship program, has created 37 environmentally beneficial gardens in public locations
How can you help? Plant native species. Manage erosion and runoff to help prevent pollution from reaching nearby waterways. Create raised beds and permeable walkways. Construct wetlands and forested buffers. For more information on how to create a MaryLandscapes garden, contact: Maryland 2000 at 1-877-MD2-0001 or visit the website at www.maryland2000.org; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at 410-573-4593 or see the USFWS website at www.fws.gov/r5cbfo/Bayscapes.htm ; The Chesapeake Bay Trust at 410-974-2941 or visit www2.ari.net/home/cbt/
Erected by Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000's (Maryland 2000), Open Spaces Sacred Places, and Black & Decker.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 39° 16.125′ N, 76° 48.062′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 144) and Ellicott Mills Drive, on the right when traveling west Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellicott City MD 21042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (here, next to this marker); Ellicott’s Mills (here, next to this marker); Fire House Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); Fells Lane Community (within shouting distance of this marker); New Fire Station & Transit Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
More about this marker. All three internet web references on the marker are no longer in service.
Also see . . .
1. The Arc MaryLandscapes Sensory Garden. This is about the garden in Gambrills. (Submitted on March 9, 2006.)
2. My own Backyard Maryland. (Submitted on July 2, 2006.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,019 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 4. submitted on March 3, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.