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Registration opens at 9AM. Presentation begins at 10AM

Barbara W. Ellis
“Greener Gardens, One Step at a Time”
Have you ever wanted a garden teeming with life? A native paradise with butterflies, bees, and berries for birds? In this talk, Barbara Ellis will discuss a range of options—from simple steps to ambitious projects—that gardeners and homeowners can take to create beautiful, more sustainable gardens and landscapes that are attractive and healthy for humans, wildlife, pets, and the environment as a whole— including the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries.

WHERE: Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146

WHEN:  Saturday, March 7, 2020
                   9AM: Doors open, Coffee and Light Snacks Served
                   10:00AM: Presentation
                   11:30AM Buffet Brunch, Door Prizes, and Raffle

TICKETS:  $70 until March 5 or $75 at the door (until sold out)

TO REGISTER: Register Online Now!


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 at the event, your company name and logo will be publicized to our engaged Facebook and Instagram communities.

Sponsorship Opportunities:  If you would like to sponsor this event or donate food, drinks, raffle items, or plants, please download the 2020 Sponsorship Packet or contact Joni Miller at 

Meet Our Sponsors: These great businesses have already signed on to make this event a success! 

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:
This year our event is at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. This location is special because members of the church used Unity Gardens grant funds to help plant extensive conservation landscaping around the church grounds and throughout the parking area. At the event, the church’s environmental committee will speak about how they went about tackling this project, inspriring others to do the same.

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:

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”