Preserve & Celebrate Patapsco Valley

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway’s (PHG) mission is to preserve, protect, interpret and restore the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco River Valley.

In 2015, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway celebrated the realization of a major goal when the Patapsco Valley became one of Maryland’s 13 certified Heritage Areas. This designation depended upon the unanimous approval of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA) Management Plan by both the Baltimore and Howard County Councils.


Blog Post by Brandt Dirmeyer
June 6, 2017
The Oella & Ellicott City Entrance Garden started out as a neglected piece of land that was overrun by invasive plants. In 2008, to honor the Oella community's bicentennial, a Maryland Home & Garden Pilgrimage was held in the historic mill community. After the successful event, funds were available to install a largely native plant garden at the corner of Oella Avenue and Frederick Road.

After a handful of stormwater floods, including a flood of the Patapsco River in April of 2014 and the flood that occurred on the 30th of July last year, the garden still continues to grow. The floods uprooted plants from the banks and left the ground covered in silt, but under the leadership of Paul Farragut of Patapsco Heritage Greenway, and with help from Maryland Master Gardeners and community volunteers, the garden has been replenished with native plants, including a designated Monarch Way Station to attract pollinators.

We hope you'll stop by and visit the garden. Take a photo and post it #OellaGarden. Stay tuned for Part II and III of the story!
Blog Post by Kevin Callahan
Troop 764 Boy Scouts gather in support of of an Eagle Scout project of trail building at Historic Oella Cemetery on National Trails Day. Read more....