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CONNECTING KIDS TO THE NATURAL WORLD.
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Gardening for a Healthier Bay

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Keywords: garden , native plants , native insects , native birds , biodiversity , storm water , rain water , EPA order , clean water act , susquehanna river , absorption , rain garden , down spout , shrubs , water table , aquatic , low maintenance , mulch , chesapeake bay , watershed ,

Meet Shirley Stark, a homeowner from Lemoyne, PA, in Central Pennsylvania. Shirley wanted to transform her typical suburban yard of turf grass into an English country garden. But her plan took a whole new direction when she discovered the impacts her garden would have on local waterways and the ecosystem. Through Shirley’s experience, viewers learn that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What we perceive as beautiful landscapes can actually be full of invasive species. Yet Shirley's "wilder" natural garden is a diverse habitat that attracts various insect & bird species while also improving water quality in the streams that lead to the Chesapeake Bay.

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