Enjoy a Beautiful Landscape
The many textures, colors and habits of native plants can be combined in attractive designs. Choose a natural-looking or more formal style. Once established, native plants reduce the time and money on landscape maintenance.
Preserve Maryland’s Biodiversity
Many native bees provide their nests with pollen from flowering native plants, while butterflies and moths eat native species at the larval stage. Birds rely on an abundance of caterpillars from butterflies and moths to feed their young. Going native supports this whole food web.
Improve Water Quality and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Conventional gardens often employ fertilizers, pesticides, supplemental water and fossil-fuel-using machinery – resulting in poor soil health, erosion and polluted storm water runoff. In addition to supporting the whole food web, native plants require less maintenance and can be used to filter storm water runoff. In this way, streams and rivers will be cleaner.
You Can Make a Difference
The Sacred Grounds project, facilitated by the National Wildlife Federation, promotes planting native plants at home and at places of worship. Oseh Shalom is participating in the second year of the project. This program aims to educate faith communities about the importance of, and how to care for, our local waterways and environment by planting native plants. NWF secured a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County to conduct this project.
Studies prove that adding native plants to our Oseh Shalom campus and our homes helps local waterways and wildlife and reduces lawn maintenance. Native plants need less care because they are more resilient. Native plants reduce storm water runoff and improve the quality and quantity of water heading to the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Native plants also provide food for birds and butterflies.
We encourage everyone to plant native plants at Oseh Shalom and in their personal spaces, home, yard, or containers. Together, by caring for creation, Sacred Grounds will enable us to ensure our children and our community have a clean and safe environment well into the future.
Contact Sue Burger or Linda Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
On September 10, 2023, the Sacred Grounds team gave away plants to OSRS students and to congregants. The OSRS students are focused on caring for animals and the environment this year. Each OSRS student received a MNPS brochure and a native plant to plant at home.
The planting information for each plant is below.
Black Eyed Susan
Lance leaf Coreopsis
Thank you to our wonderful Oseh Shalom community. Our wonderful community, pledged and exceeded our pledge goal of 55 households. Thank you to you, your neighbors, extended family and friends who have pledged to plant more native plants in your yard and receive free plants. We hope your plants bloom and grow!
We are not accepting any more pledges at this time.
81 pledges as of May 7, 2023
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