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