Native Plant Fest Features Artists, Kids’ Activities

BERLIN — The Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) this Saturday, May 5 will host the 13th Annual Native and Heirloom Plant Festival.

The festival begins at 8 a.m. and will be held in ACT’s large back yard, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin.

From Amsonia to Stokesia, ACT has something wild and beautiful for your yard or business. If you can’t choose on your own, the Maryland Master Gardeners will be there to help.

Heirloom tomato varieties include delicious Brandywines, Green Zebras, Cherokee Purples, and Striped Germans.

Local artists will be there, too, including Jason Giusti (glass art), Lisa Podlesny (shellcrafts), Jen Forrester ("Poetry by Jen"), Bobbi O’Connor (stained glass), Patty Kernan (found object crafts), Glen Mullins (wildfowl art), and Redwood Burl Woodworks (cedar doormats). Coast Kids will sell baked goods and host children’s activities.

For more information, call ACT at 410-629-1538 or visit Descriptions of every plant are available on the website to help gardeners make their choices.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.