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Chesapeake Native News Protect, propagate and promote Chesapeake native plants P.O. Box 866 College Park MD 20741 Volume 1:3 Spring 2011

CNI Changes Greenhouses Chesapeake Natives has moved into a larger greenhouse at the UMD Research Greenhouse Complex, from range C4 to range B7. This move virtually doubles our greenhouse space, allowing us to grow more plants to meet the growing demand for knowledge, education, restoration and for the replacement of nonnatives native plants with native plants on the College Park campus and around Maryland. This also provides Chesapeake Natives the ability to expand the number of species that we are researching. We give a special thank you to Greenhouse Manager Betty Morgavan, and the University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Garden, who enabled this transition to take place. Also to our volunteers who spent hours moving and organizing all of our supplies in our new space: mahalo. It looks wonderful! — TG

get your hands dirty. As a bonus, participants will get to bring home some fruits of their labor. See the full announcement on our website. Limited to 30 participants each day. To register please email Tracey at by Monday, June 14, 2011. The cost is $50 for the day which includes snacks, delicious vegetarian lunch, and drinks, parking, potting and printed materials.

The Beginning of the Friends of Chesapeake Natives In recognition of the growing network of people in the Chesapeake Watershed that are becoming avid gardeners of native plants and eager to participate in our Gardening with Chesapeake Natives Workshops we would like to pass the goodwill on. To do this we are starting the ―Friends of Chesapeake Natives‖ Friends of Chesapeake Natives will receive discounts to our workshops, discounts at plant sales and other merchandise, and will receive our quarterly newsletter. Regular volunteers automatically become Friends after 50 hours of service each year.

Upcoming Spring Events April 30 (Saturday) Maryland Day Shade Garden Tours

Gardening with Chesapeake Natives Making New Plants Workshop CNI will hold it’s forth ―Gardening with Chesapeake Natives Workshop‖ on Tuesday June 21, Wednesday June 22, and (if sufficient demand) Thursday June 23. The focus will be ―Making New Plants‖ providing hand-on experience in with native plants from cuttings, division and seed. Dr. Christopher Puttock will be ably assisted by Ann Wing, head of our seed propagation section, and native landscaper Rochelle Bartolomei of Small Planet Projects. Be prepared to

May 1 (Sunday) 11-4 Audubon Nature Fair Plant Sale May 1 (Sunday) Mother Nature’s Plant Sale May 14 (Saturday) 1:00 Carroll Co. Lupine Count May 17 (Tuesday) All Day Master Gardener’s Training and Plant Sale June 3 (Friday) All Day MAEOE Conference, Sandy Point State Park June 21 (Tuesday), 22 and ?23 Gardening with Chesapeake Natives #4 Summer Workshop Making New Plants

Spring Plant Sales Underway Spring plant sales have begun! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who have spent countless hours preparing plants, making tags, and standing in the rain to sell our plants to ravenous hordes. Our first two plants sales of the season have sold out in a matter of hours! It’s nice to know that all of our hard work promoting the use of native plants is paying off and that the demand for these wonderful plants is so high that customers will come out in torrential rain to buy them! A special thank you to Ann Wing, Sarah Fulton, Beth Knox, Rochelle Bartolomei, Gail Ifshin, and Jenny Brown for helping at the first two plant sales this season. — TG

tive gardens using Chesapeake Natives plants, scattered over DC, Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, Annapolis and Baltimore. One garden last year was installed at the request and participation of the First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama, engaging the Congressional spouses and school children in the planting at the Marie Reed Learning Center in DC. The ―Sister School‖ part of the program forges relationships between local Chesapeake schools and rural schools in the Winter roosting habitat for the monarch butterfly in Mexico. — CFP

New Native Plant Promotion Days This spring Chesapeake Natives has undertaken a new effort to promote native plants by running educational tables at local Go Green events. These events include the L.L.Bean Outdoors Sports Weekend, the Montgomery College Earth Week Festival, The Forest Friends Arbor Day Event at Locust Grove Nature Center and the MAEOE Conference at Sandy Point State Park. These events provide opportunities for our volunteers to talk about the wonderful work they do here at Chesapeake Natives and encourage more people to go native in their gardens. We will be participating in more of these events in the future to raise awareness of the importance of native plants to our environment. A special Thank You to Sarah Fulton, Laurel Gutenberg, Helen Coker, and Lise Nau for participating in these events! — TG

Native Plants in School Gardens This Spring Chesapeake Natives plants are again being planted in new school gardens, designed and installed by Dr. Puttock, in a partnership with the Monarch Sister Schools Program, Natural Partners, Inc. These new gardens include Stoddert Elementary in DC, and Harlem Park Elementary in Baltimore. At the end of May Murch Elementary in northwest DC will have the second part of its garden installed. Walker Jones Elementary, near Capitol Hill and the Washington International School in Georgetown will have the first stages of their gardens planted in June. Since 2008 the Monarch Sister Schools Program has enrolled and designed more than 20 school with na-

First Lady Michelle Obama discussing the placement of switchgrass with Dr. Puttock at Marie Reed Learning Center (May 29, 2010 — © Rotary International, Rachael Blair)

Wildryes of Maryland Dr. Sara Tangren presented a research seminar to the Botanical Society of Washington DC. on April 5, 2011 on the Elymus species of Maryland. This presentation discussed the diagnostic character-states of the seven local species, and their distribution around Maryland. This year Chesapeake Natives is growing the six native species of this genus. The research is the product of several grants investigating plants suitable for roadside plantings. — CFP

CHESAPEAKE NATIVE’S — PLANT OF THE QUARTER Hibiscus moscheutos L. Swamp rosemallow Description: Monoecious, erect, perennial subshrub, 1–2.5 m high. Stems few to many, branched distally, stellate pubescent to glabrescent; woody caudex short with thick storage roots. Leaves alternate, herbaceous, 1-nerved, stellate pubescent above and greywhite tomentose below; stipules caducous; petioles 40–100 mm long; lamina ovate to lanceolate, 100– 180 mm long, 40–80 mm wide, sometimes laterally lobed; bases cuneate to rounded; margins bluntly dentate, flat; apices caudate, not mucronate. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels 40–80 mm long, articulate near apex, sparsely stellate pubescent; epicalyx lobes 10–12, filiform, 10–18 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; calyx 6–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; lobes rounded, connate for more than half their length; corolla white, pink, red, or purple, with dark red center, 100–140 mm diam.; petals obovate, 80–100 mm, abaxially sparsely pilose, adaxially bearded on margin; staminal column 35– 40 mm long; ovary glabrous; style branches 5, sparsely scabrous. Capsules brown, conical ovoid, 25–30 mm long; mericarps 5; seeds reniform, 2–3 mm in diam., apex pointed, about 120 per capsule. Phenology: Flowering July to September; capsules mature and turn brown within four to five weeks. Habitat: Along streambanks, tidal marshes, washes, and in agricultural fields with alkaline soils (OBL); from near sea level to 900 meters. Distribution: Endemic to eastern North America. Becoming widely cultivated with new colors and is escaping into wet areas. Canada (native): Ontario. U.S.A. (native): Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Caroli-

na, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. U.S.A. (introduced): Wisconsin. Elsewhere (introduced): Asia: China; Europe: Italy, Portugal Spain.

Status: G5. Secure. Vernacular Names: Common rosemallow, crimsoneyed rosemallow (FNA, USDA), ketmie des marais (French), marsh mallow, sea hollyhock, sumpfeibisch (German), swamp rosemallow (NatureServe), and water mallow. Notes: Hibiscus moscheutos is a late starter in Spring, spouting rapidly from its underground caudex. It is bee pollinated but also attracts other insects and hummingbirds. Seed dispersal is by water and scarification is needed for germination. This species grows best in full sun and will recover from the caudex after fire. Northern bobwhites, blue-winged teals, pintails and wood ducks consume the seeds and the red-winged blackbird nests in its branches. Diagnostic Characters: There are no local native species with which it can be confused. — CFP 10mm

CNI Volunteer’s Page Volunteer Update Welcome to Spring! Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers who have been so busy potting up seedlings in the greenhouse for the past three months! Our volunteers have donated over 2400 hours of service time since the beginning of January! Thank You! Our regular group of dedicated volunteers has been joined by new volunteers: Jesse Woodruff, Laurel Gutenberg, Christine Gordon, Millard Smith, and Brigette Dubois. We have also been joined by over 30 students from the Civicus and Apha Phi Omega fraternity on campus and the students from Dr. Ingram’s Greenhouse Management Class. Thank You for all of your hard work! We love having you here.

Terps Service Day A Huge Success! Sixteen Students from the University of Maryland volunteered to help Chesapeake Natives for Terps Service Weekend. This hard working group managed to get the main paths of the greenhouse garden mulched, add compost into the new rain garden, move plants from the sun garden and extend our path, and plant bottle gentian. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! The gardens look great! - TG

Featured Volunteers Sarah Fulton Sarah Fulton has been an integral part of Chesapeake Natives since 2008 and is one of our most dedicated volunteers. Sarah was born in Winston Salem North Carolina where she began gardening at age 4. She has earned her BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1967 and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1969. She than spent 40 years working as a clinical social worker in physical and mental health settings with children and their families. Sarah enjoys hiking and backpacking and has been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mts., climbed Mt. Whiteney, and in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She also enjoys cooking, folk music, and folk dancing. Sarah does a lot of gardening at home and has converted 95% of her grass into native gardens. She enjoys talking to the kids in her neighborhood about her plants as they

are walking home from school and has been instrumental in our public educational programs. Sarah, who originally found out about Chesapeake Natives from our website and from another volunteer, actively promotes our organization and has brought in many other regular volunteers. Thank you Sarah for all of your hard work! - TG

Volunteer Statistics Summary January-March New Regular Volunteers: 5

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Jesse Woodruff Laurel Gutenberg Christine Gordon Millard Smith Brigette Dubois

Total New Short-term Volunteers: 62 Total Regular Volunteers: 25 Total Volunteer Hours: 2411 hours

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