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Maryland Coastal Bays to host program on native plants

BERLIN – Join the Coastal Bays Program Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Speaker Series and learn about native plants 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at The Globe in Berlin.

Commercial Horticulture Maryland Extension Educator Ginny Rozenkranz will give a presentation on native plants, for both sunny and shaded areas.

Rosenkranz has worked for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension since 1994, acting as an area specialist for Commercial Horticulture for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. She has her B.S. in botany from the University of Maryland, College Park and her MS in horticulture and extension education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

She assists greenhouse growers, nursery growers, landscape contractors, garden center operators and golf courses with their pest management and production issues. She teaches an annual master gardener course that attracts 20 interested citizens a year.

She also produces Delmarva Gardens, a 30-minute garden show that is available on public access channels in many Maryland counties. Delmarva Gardens offers up-to-date monthly gardening information. Rosenkranz also has a weekly segment on plant care and gardening on the local CBS station.

And coincidently, there is a grant opportunity available to Ocean City residents through the town of Ocean City for those who live on the bay to receive free native plant material to build a bayscape garden on their property. Call Gail Blazer in the Engineering Department for more information and an application/order form at (410) 289-8825 or email at

The Maryland Coastal Bays is part of the National Estuary Program and represents a multiple decade commitment to restoring and protecting the bays behind Ocean City and Assateague. One of only 28 such programs nationwide, the program brings together citizens, local scientists, recreational and commercial fishermen, environmentalists, farmers, business leaders and government officials to create attainable goals for the watershed.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact Sandi Smith at or 410-213-2297 ext 107.