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Weed of the Season: Wavyleaf Basketgrass

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Non-native invasive Wavyleaf basketgrass has been spotted along trails in Baltimore City, lying in wait for unsuspecting passersby to pick up its tiny, gooey seeds and transport them to new areas. Learn how to identify it and help prevent its spread! A small patch of wavyleaf near Loch Raven Reservoir | Photo: T. Brann What… Read more »

Tree of the Season: American Hornbeam

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Whether it’s a visit to the pool, a stop at the snowball stand, or a lazy stroll in the shade of tree canopy, summer is here, and the warm weather has us seeking ways to beat the heat. As the sun peaks high above, a cool, steady breeze is what we’re after. This may be… Read more »

Weed of the Season:

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Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) Fall 2017   “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ―Aldo Leopold   Japanese stiltgrass carpeting parkland in fall | Photo: Chris Evans, University of… Read more »

New Nature Play in Druid Hill Park

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Construction is complete for Druid Hill Parks’ first ever nature play space! The play space is located at the intersection of East Drive and Red Road just east of Safety City! Photo: Youth planting a commemorative tree at the July 8th opening day The story of the Nature Play Space’s inception is a serendipitous series… Read more »

Weed of the Season: Kudzu

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Pueraria montana var. lobata Kudzu eating it’s way north  Photo: Kerry Britton, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Kudzu has long been notoriously known as the vine that ate the south. Now it is eating its way into the Baltimore landscape and the greater mid-Atlantic areas. Kudzu “eats” through forest ecosystems by fast, vigorous growth and large… Read more »

Tree of the Season: Bur Oak

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This Quercus tree is native to the Great Plains of the Midwest, and even a few successful cases have found a home here on the Maryland Piedmont in parks and urban settings. Quercus macrocarpa literally means large-fruited. The commonly used name Bur oak refers to the long-fringed structures found along the margin of the acorn… Read more »