Did you know there is a big rain garden at the Annapolis-Eastport Library? If you didn’t, we can’t blame you. The garden was incredibly overgrown and a bit off the beaten path. Once we learned about the garden and found out about how badly the garden needed maintained, we knew we had to act!
Last year, a volunteer group from the National Aquarium in Baltimore came down for a day and started to clear out invasive plants. But there was plenty more work to be done! Thanks to a hard working crew from AARP, we were able make the rain garden look much more like, well, a garden.
Volunteers started by clearing out invasive brush from the rock-lined swale and trimming back the aggressive blackberry. After a significant amount of brush was cleared, volunteers mulched the berm, parts of the garden, and a path around the garden. To help keep down the invasive herbaceous layer, AARP volunteers planted dozens of native flowers, shrubs, and trees. Over time, as the trees and shrubs grow larger, they will crowd out the invasive plants making it more and more difficult for them to grow. Our hope is that we can create a beautiful native shrub garden over time.
The rain garden will continue to need weeding over time so if you live in the area and are interested in adopting this project, please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot thank AARP enough for their help and for continuing to volunteer with us every year on September 11th! Thank you!