Bringing Natives Home

April 5 – 11, 2021

An online fundraiser to build native gardens in our community


Bringing Natives Home, an online fundraiser to benefit Unity Gardens, will take place online April 5 – 11 and will culminate in a Donor and Sponsor “Thank You” event on Saturday, April 17, 2021. On this day, visitors may walk or drive through the parking lot of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Annapolis where they can pick up their thank you packets, see demos by sponsors and other community members, and visit the site of a 2020 Unity Gardens grant project!

WHERE: St. Philips Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

WHEN:  Online fundraiser: April 5 – 11, 2021

                   followed by

                   Drive-thru/Walk-thru Thank you event
                   Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2-4 PM

SUPPORT US:  $50, $100, $250, $500 Levels Stay tuned to learn how to donate and for more information on patron gifts!


Unity Gardens is seeking sponsors for this highly-successful event! As a sponsor, your name or logo will be seen by local gardeners, environmental decision-makers, and thought leaders in Anne Arundel County. In addition to visibility during the one-week online campaign and at the event, your company name and logo will be publicized to our engaged Facebook and Instagram communities.


About Our Speaker: Barbara W. Ellis is the author of a number of gardening books, including Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide. Writing this book, she had the ambitious goal of becoming a resource for Eastern Shore gardeners present and future, with plenty of lessons applicable to those of us on the Western Shore. The book makes use of wonderful photographs by Neil Soderstrom, many of them taken at the Adkins Arboretum, a showcase for the 400-acre Chesapeake native plant education center and nursery in Maryland’s Caroline County.

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, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, and this year at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Visit the links below to see an overview of these recent events, and be sure to like our Facebook page or Instagram 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!

About the Location:
A fixture in Annapolis for almost 150 years, St. Philips Episcopal Church is the site of a 2020 Unity Gardens grant project. 

Continuing a Tradition:

Each year, Unity Gardens looks forward to educating the community and raising funds for our grant program. Here are our past presenters:

2020 – Barbara Ellis – “Greener Gardens, One Step at a Time”

2019 – Dan Benarcik – Innovative Horticulturist at Chanticleer Gardens “Design Tips of the Pros”

2018 – Michael Judd,  Landscape Designer and Designer Author of  “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist”

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”