Unity Gardens Grantees: Look Who’s Blooming!

Unity Grants is thrilled to announce the 17 Anne Arundel County community groups that have received grants this Spring. Each local community group listed here has received a grant to plant a native gardening project that will build habitat, prevent flooding, and reduce runoff to the Chesapeake Bay.

Unity Gardens Spring 2022 Grant Recipients

Anne Arundel Community College

Students from AACC’s Biology and Environmental Club initiated a project to convert a decades-old English ivy bed into a pollinator garden to create a Monarch butterfly waystation. 

Arnold

Anne Arundel Public Library Foundation

This grant will help protect existing native plantings surrounding the Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library from invasive species by enhancing the existing gardens with additional native plants.

Annapolis

Belvedere Elementary School

This grant will help fund a pollinator garden to increase natural habitat on the grounds as well as to create an additional outdoor area for learning. This garden will also beautify a high traffic entrance while increasing water absorption and decreasing polluted runoff to the storm drain/stream.

Arnold 

Chase Creek Swim Club

A well-used path that is creating erosion problems will be replaced by a new more gradual path with native plantings to slow and spread rainwater, allowing it to soak into our soil instead of eroding the hillside.

Arnold

Chartwood Community Association

This project will provide erosion control for stormwater using sustainable native plantings while educating the local community about planting, caring for, and appreciating native plants. 

Severna Park

Chelsea Beach Residents Association Playground Revitalization

A new garden will provide a positive, energizing space for members of the community to gather and play. The ative garden will also help preserve the lot from erosion as there is a creek located on the back side of the lot that flowers directly into the Magothy River.

Pasadena

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Girl Scouts will help enrich the nature trail with native plants that will hold topsoil in place to prevent erosion around the step pools leading to the creek.

Annapolis

Colchester Community Association – Tina Russell Nickerson Memorial Garden Club (AKA “Colchester Garden Club”)

The garden club will revamp the entrance of their neighborhood. By introducing native plants, they plan to prevent erosion, support biodiversity, create a desirable environment for pollinators, suppress weeds, and eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides while also beautifying the area.

Severna Park

Crain West Community Association (CWCA)

This project will plant native species at the community recreation area in order to replace dead and diseased Chestnut Swamp Oak treess. By planting alternative native trees, shrubs and plants, the community hopes to ensure animal and insect habitats, maintain a future tree canopy in the recreation area, and limit neighborhood storm runoff to the nearby Bear Branch stream.

Millersville

First Baptist Church of Annapolis

The grant will replant three stormwater planters on the side of the church with native plants and introduce new planting beds that will connect the planters along that side of the church.

Annapolis

Friends of Loch Haven

This project aims to remove species overtaking a corner lot and will provide native plants that offer greater benefits to wildlife and promote biodiversity.

Edgewater

Monarch Academy Public Charter School

Students participating in Adventure and Community classes helped design and will plant the first phase of an ongoing native gardening project that will serve to restore biodiversity, buffer a waterway, as a natural learning space. 

Glen Burnie

Moonflower Garden Club

The grant will be used to install native plants and shrubs to help restore two beds at the Hatton-Regester Green park along the B&A Trail in Severna Park. Both areas had invasive grasses removed, and one area has started to be used as a cut-through pathway due to the loss of vegetation.

Severna Park

North County High School

Students at North County High School participating in an Urban Agriculture program, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Food System Lab, will incorporate a native pollinator garden into their Urban Ag initiative.

Glen Burnie

Pine Valley Homeowners Association

This grant will establish the first native plant pollinator garden on Pine Valley HOA property and provide educational signage on benefits of native plants to the community.

Arnold

Round Bay Community Association

This project will cover a sloped area where established vegetation had to be removed and will prevent runoff, provide habitat and an educational experience for the community regarding the benefit of native plants.

Severna Park

Severn Grove Improvement Association

To establish the first project of three to transform grassy community spaces into thriving, native gardens to support local wildlife, capture carbon, absorb water and provide beauty. 

Annapolis

Severna Park Community Center

To replace many nonnative shrubs on the campus of the Severna Park Community Center with native shrubs that will support pollinators and birds. 

Severna Park

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