Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees… these websites are useful for everything from identifing birds to planning a layout and plants for your specific lot type.

Brought to you by the Chesapeake Audubon Society, this list is perfect for finding the best native plants for your site, and provides info on the pollinators, birds and bugs each will attract.  click here

Is it a weed?  How do I get rid of it?  Knowledge is your best defense, and the University of Maryland’s Extension Service has the answers!   click here

The Audubon Society makes bird identification easy and fun  click here
You can even get the mobile app for bird watching in the field here

Recommended tree list from the MD Dept of Natural Resources – and watch the links for coupons toward your tree purchase, planting and maintenance tips, as well as tree laws regarding placement and trimming. click here


At a loss when it comes to choosing plants for your soggy gardening area?  Maybe your yard is in need of a little water management.  Here’s the 21 page, definitive guide to rain gardens courtesy of the Montgomery County Dept of Environmental Protection.  click here

It can be hard to find a wide variety of native plants at the big box stores – check out these native plant nurseries, some are even non-profit! Brought to you by the Maryland native Plant Society click here

The Maryland Orchid Society is a fun group that meets monthly in Towson, and you can read their newsletter to learn more about these fascinating plants click here

Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river that will drain into the Chesapeake Bay. What we do to maintain our landscapes can affect the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay, and our environment. By changing a few simple landscape practices, you and your family can help keep Maryland communities healthy. From the Maryland Extension Service.  click here