Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine
The fall garden is a study in contrasts. Fiery color competes with the subtle structure of stems that have shed their flowers. Tall grasses turn golden in sunlight, while berries and fruits hang low on vines and branches to tantalize wildlife. On Sat., Nov. 4, discover the colors and textures of the fall garden when Adkins Arboretum brings its fifth annual “Celebrating Natives” Garden Tour to the Oxford area.
The self-guided driving tour features five private gardens and two public areas in and around Oxford, each demonstrating varying commitments to native plantings and uses of sustainable practices such as rain barrels and composting. The gardens range from Preservation Green—an in-town research center for horticultural studies—to a 3.5-acre “sanctuary” garden that takes found objects to a new level, to stands of pines mingled with organic vegetable beds and native perennials on Island Creek. Explore the new Oxford Conservation Park, an 86-acre parcel planted with more than 5,000 native plants and 800-plus native trees and shrubs to provide habitat for wildlife and appeal to local pollinators. Hop on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, established in 1683 and the nation’s oldest privately owned ferry operation, to explore a rambling 5-acre freeform garden on Plaindealing Creek near the mouth of the Tred Avon River. **Please note that the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry only accepts cash or check. Ferry rates are $12 plus $1 per passenger for a one-way trip/$20 plus $1 per passenger for a round trip.**
The first garden tour of its kind on the Eastern Shore, “Celebrating Natives” focuses on sustainable approaches to Eastern Shore gardening and exemplifies the Arboretum’s mission of teaching about and showing by example the importance of using native plants in restoring balance to the ecosystem and fostering community relationships. Native plants are those that grew and thrived on the Eastern Shore before the introduction of European settlers. Because these plants have adapted naturally to the region’s ecology of climate, insects and wildlife, they are a better choice than non-native plants. The tour not only highlights the beauty of the gardens but emphasizes their importance in a biodiverse landscape. Click here to learn more about the gardens on the tour.
Tickets are $25 in advance at adkinsarboretum.org or $30 the day of the tour at the Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd. Check-in will begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Center. Refreshments and restrooms will also be available there.
These Oxford restaurants are open for lunch:
Capsize (opens at 11 a.m.)
314 Tilghman Street
Latitude 38 (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
26342 Oxford Road
Robert Morris Inn (noon to 2:30 p.m.)
314 North Morris Street
Doc's Sunset Grille (opens at 11 a.m.)
104 West Pier Street
**Note: You will be asked upon checkout to create an account. This is optional and is not required to process payment or to register.**