Broadmead Retirement Community Wins Green Honors – Baltimore Sun

The sprawling 94 acres encompassing the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville are covered in trees, trails and all manner of wildlife. The campus attracts monarch butterflies and has an apiary for beekeeping.

Overall, the community of Broadmead is committed to being good stewards of its property and recently received Bay-Wise certification from the Master Gardeners of Baltimore County. Run by the University of Maryland Extension, the Bay-Wise Initiative focuses on landscape practices that help keep local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay, and the environment healthy.

Bay-Wise certification is rigorous and Broadmead has adhered to it, demonstrating environmentally responsible approaches to landscape management in specific areas such as planting, fertilizing, recycling, mowing and watering, as well as runoff control and wildlife promotion, among other factors.

“This is a significant achievement that demonstrates Broadmead’s continued commitment to sustainability and a healthy environment,” said Linnette Kanitzhorticulturist and land manager at Broadmead.

Many members of the Broadmead community have worked hard to make this happen.

The Baltimore County Master Gardeners applauded Broadmead for using environmentally friendly gardening techniques, such as limiting stormwater runoff and minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers on its lawn. This protects the local creek water, which of course leads to the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay-Wise Certification is a homeowner education program that can be done by individuals as well as communities looking to learn how to plant and maintain sustainable landscapes.

Most residents of Maryland live within half a mile of a storm drain, creek, or river, and most of these waterways eventually empty into the Chesapeake Bay. With just a few simple landscape practices, homeowners can affect the health of local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay, and our environment.

The University of Maryland extension offers free sessions at the Baltimore Center for Maryland Agriculture in Cockeysville on Saturday mornings with sessions like Pollinator Gardens and Monarch Waystation or Beautiful, Bountiful and Beneficial Herb Gardens coming soon.

The Ag Center also hosted the Baltimore County Horse Council’s Friday Night Lights program throughout the summer, with the last in the series taking place on Friday, September 16. This month’s offering will include a dressage demonstration of “Horses Dancing to Music” presented by Nuno Santos and Hellie Goodrich.

These family-friendly, free events have been a big hit all summer long with each month’s program featuring different equine demonstrations promoting Maryland horses and riding.

Earlier programs featured skills such as Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Mounted Marksmanship and Maryland Jousting Association Expert Skills. The Horse Dance Program will also be an autism-friendly event with Pathfinders for Autism, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization, on hand with resources and information.

Friday Night Lights runs from 7-9 p.m. Doors open one hour before departure and the Charles Village Pub food truck will be on site.

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