PHG News & Media Releases

Blog Post by Brandt Dirmeyer
Brandt Dirmeyer, Chesapeake Bay Trust Conservation Corps Member
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
Kevin Callahan, Scoutmaster Troop 764
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....
Blog Post
May 22, 2017
After three seasons with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Heather Wandell is stepping down as the Environmental Programs Coordinator to pursue new opportunities. Heather has been such a light to our organization! She bridged us through the floods and transitions in leadership. Her steady hand and organizational skills will be sorely missed... but... I know that we will miss most - her ready smile, her warmth and kindness. In Heather's words:

“I have loved my time with PHG and have found the work so interesting and very rewarding. It has opened up my eyes and heart to environmental concerns and has deepened my love for the Patapsco River Valley. While looking for another part time job that is slightly less physically demanding, I plan to continue as a member of the volunteer Stream Team which assists with stream cleanups, tree plantings, tree maintenance, and invasive plant removal when time allows. I am also considering enrolling in the Master Naturalist Program and or volunteering with local historical organizations. READ MORE
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