Unity Gardens is pleased to announce the speaker for our spring fundraising lecture: Michael Judd, Principal Designer of Ecologia Design in Frederick, MD, and author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. He will present Edible Landscaping: Have Your Garden and Eat It Too.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Doors open, tours begin at 2:00 pm
Presentation at 3:00 pm

Early Bird Ticket Special
Only $50 Starting December 12th!
$60 After February 1
$65 At the door (until sold out)

To register, click here!

Sponsorship Opportunities: We are now accepting sponsors for this highly successful event! If you would like to be featured in this year’s program or donate an item for our silent auction, please download the Michael Judd Advertising Form or contact us at

About Our Speaker: Michael Judd is the Principal Designer of Ecologia Design in Frederick, MD, designer of the garden at the restaurant, Volt, and author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. Growing up between northern England and the Appalachian mountains of Maryland, Michael’s roots have been branched with diverse landscapes and fertile culture. Mix in a decade of running a grass roots non-profit in rural Latin America, heading up an arid lands research project in the dessert of SE Spain, and extensive study at the New York Botanic Garden you end up with an eclectic designer that melds form, function, and productivity seamlessly. Today Michael remains in the Frederick area where he and his wife Ashley and son Wyatt live at Long Creek Homestead in a spectacular circular strawbale home in the center of extensive landscapes that push the realities of design to new levels.

About the Speaker Series: Each spring, Unity Gardens hosts an annual fundraising lecture featuring renowned authors and environmental professionals.  These exciting lectures have been hosted at Anne Arundel Community College, The Key School and, most recently, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Phillip Merrill Environmental Center.  Generously sponsored by local businesses, these events often include wine & cheese socials, silent auctions, book signings, green building tours, and a presentation by an inspiring Unity Gardens project grantee. Visit the links below to see an overview of these recent events, and be sure to like our Unity Gardens Facebook page to receive first notice of upcoming events and opportunities!  We are always in need of sponsors, partners and donations to support these events (and community grants), so please visit our Get Involved page to learn more, and visit Great Businesses locally who have supported Unity Gardens!

2017 – Travis Beck, Director of Horticulture Mount Cuba Native Plant Center: “Design with Native Plants” 

2016 – Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva”:  “The Non-Stop Garden”

2015 – William Cullina, Director of Horticulture Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: “Botany of Design”

2014 – Rick Darke , Botanist & Author: “Balancing Natives & Exotics in the Garden” 

2013 – Doug Tallamy, Professor & Author: “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together”

2012 – Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Designer & Author: “Native Plants Design & Maintenance”