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Floating Gardens in Arnold, MD

The horticulture program at Providence Center in Anne Arundel County provides vocational training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a working nursery. Through this program, our growers are gaining in-depth knowledge of horticulture, building the professional skills necessary for community employment, and contributing to the local environment.

In partnership with the Magothy River Association and Anne Arundel Community College, we offer floating gardens for homeowners and businesses to enhance their waterfront and keep our local waterways clean. Continue reading to learn more about floating gardens and how you can purchase one from the horticulture program at Providence Center.

For more information about our horticulture program, please contact Nathan Ullrich at (410) 766-2212 ext. 432 or nullrich@providencecenter.com.

Floating Gardens in Arnold, MD

About Floating Gardens in Maryland

Providence Center now offers floating gardens, which are beautiful plant-filled platforms designed to support and improve your waterfront. These gardens provide natural filtration and a habitat for local wildlife. Our team of growers cultivate the native plants and build the floating platforms.

Each floating garden we build consists of a Styrofoam foundation with ports to hold plant-filled perforated baskets. These baskets are designed to anchor to a pier and contain shoreline plants that have been propagated by Providence Center from local seed sources. The roots grow downward into the water during spring and summer, acting like filtering straws to improve water clarity and absorb excess nutrients caused by runoff. The plants stave off deadly algae blooms associated with pollutants by using them in natural growth processes. Small fish, crabs, and shellfish also benefit from the natural habitat created by the cluster of roots in a floating garden.

The floating gardens from Providence Center can be purchased fully-assembled for $150 or bought as a kit to assemble at home for $100. They are easy to assemble and shoppers can choose from a variety of plants—Providence Center can even recommend the best plants for your particular water environment to ensure the healthiest habitat possible. At the end of the season, customers can recycle their old plants and purchase new plant baskets for $10 (without the exchange, new baskets are $14 each).

Help Support Providence Center in Anne Arundel County

Our horticulture program is one of many vocational training programs at Providence Center providing the skills needed for community employment in Anne Arundel County. If you would like to learn more about our floating gardens or want to contribute to Providence Center in any other way, we would love to hear from you. Our mission is to support people to learn, grow, and build the lives they want within their communities. You can help us achieve that goal by supporting our horticulture program.

Located at our Jean Bradbury Building at 370 Shore Acres Road in Arnold, Maryland, our greenhouses and gardens are open to the public. Special orders and delivery services are available.

To purchase a floating garden or learn more about our horticulture program, please contact Nathan Ullrich at 410-766-2212 ext. 432 or nullrich@providencecenter.com. For any other inquiries about Providence Center, contact us online today!

Please read more about how to support Providence Center by volunteering or donating.

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