Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery

Glenwood, Maryland

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery is a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member. The company was created to offer an environmentally friendly option for garden lovers who just didn’t have time to maintain their own gardens. Lauren’s Garden Service embraces permaculture practices in all aspects of their gardening and landscaping including plant selection, fertilizing and soil enhancement, planting and weeding techniques, as well as other installation and maintenance practices. Click here to learn more about their native plant nursery. The Owner, Lauren Turner, is certified through the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification program.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visits the native pollinator garden

Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery’s property is managed in an environmentally-sound way. They maintain a 150 sq foot native pollinator garden, adjacent to the native plant nursery; they often observe bees and butterflies using the cardinal flowers, asters, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, sunflowers, and other native species. The team also regularly removes non-native, invasive plant species (including bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, and wineberry) from their property. Pesticides are never used on their property.

The team maintains a 10 acre “preservation parcel” on the property. They participate in the Howard County, MD Turf to Trees program with this parcel and now maintain the ~250 trees and shrubs that were planted. Approximately 2-3 acres in the parcel consist of stream buffers planted with native shade trees, which will increase the property’s resilience to climate change. In addition, the parcel serves as a wildlife corridor for the native wildlife that live on their property and the adjacent wooded areas.

In their office, the team decreases the use of plastic and they only use “green” office cleaning supplies. Environmental education is a huge part of Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery’s business model. All of their employees are trained on the most recent environmental research and they regularly raise their clients’ awareness about environmental issues.

A Black Swallowtail Caterpillar finds food in the native pollinator garden

Click here to download the Lauren’s Garden Service & Native Plant Nursery March 2018 Gold B4B Member Press Release

 

Themes Fulfilled

Clean Water
Climate Change Resiliency
Conserved Lands
Engaged Communities
Fisheries and Habitats
At Lauren's Garden Service we take care of the local waterways, land and air seriously. Our employees are dedicated to all of the eco-friendly practices we follow from recycling, using organic garden maintenance, reducing the amount of lawn we mow, planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, removing invasive plants and educating the community about the importance of 'clean' gardening. We also follow all of these practices when we design and install projects for our clients from stormwater BMPs to conservation landscapes and permeable patios.

Contact

Lauren Turner
Owner

For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.