Over the past year, a group of West Annapolis and Wardour residents worked with the city to come up with a plan to address speeding on Melvin Avenue. The plan includes the temporary installation of three traffic calming chokers along Melvin. These islands should cause drivers to slow down by narrowing the road. The bike lanes won’t be interrupted.
Neighbors are invited to join us this Sunday, 10/28, between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. to help plant a native garden in the Wardour Reserve. You’re welcome to come for a brief shift or stay the whole time, and kids can help plant too. We’ll be planting rain or shine. (Forgive me if I hope for rain–it will be helpful in getting our plants established!) If you have gloves or shovels, please bring those with you.
Conservation landscapes use native plants with deep roots to slow down and absorb rainwater and runoff, which are major sources of pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay. We’ll be planting a conservation landscape in an area of the Wardour Reserve that is saturated with storm water from a culvert during heavy rain. The plantings will help slow down and absorb this storm water before it reaches Gudger Beach, where the neighborhood is working on a plan to restore the tidal marsh. Capturing some of this water upstream will help keep the marsh water clean and healthy. Slowing down the water will also protect the beautiful path and landscaping that our neighbors along the Reserve created a couple of years ago. The plantings will include low ground cover, shrubs, and flowering perennials that will provide year-round color for us and nesting sites and food for native birds and pollinators.
Congratulations to our neighbor Ginger Woolridge. Her new book Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, co-written with Tony Dove, made the New York Times book review today for recommended summer reading. See p. 32 of the print version, or find it here on the online version under “The Great Outdoors.”
The Compass Rose Theater is looking for housing for visiting actors. Barbara Aiken has this message for us about the opportunity to host an actor:
Recently you may have heard test announcements being broadcast over a public address system. NSA Annapolis has installed a new system in the North Severn area and offers this information about what the system is for and whom you can contact if you are bothered by the noise:
Our neighbor Doug Lamartin has volunteered to be the contact person for issues related to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Mosquito Control Section. The Wardour neighborhood will be sprayed on Monday nights, beginning at the earliest on 5 June. You may file to have your property exempted by filling out the form below and returning it to the Department of Agriculture. Please read the 3 documents below carefully to learn about when spraying will happen, what products are used, keeping kids and pets safe, and how to be exempted if you choose. And please spread the word to neighbors who don’t use the Internet.
- How does the state determine whether to spray and what products does it use? Night_of_the_Week_2017_Monday
- When will spraying happen and what precautions should I take?
- How do I get an exemption?
In January Annapolis adopted new guidelines for yard waste collection. If your household doesn’t have one yet, you can pick up a 64-gallon yard waste recycling cart (935 Spa Road, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Here’s a recap of the new guidelines as well as information on using your own leaves and clippings as compost and mulch.
On 30 October we celebrated the opening of the revitalized Wardour Reserve area. The new trail, bridge, and boat racks add to our quality of life and provide a wonderful access to nature, including the Severn River. Thank you to our president and neighbors for their hard work on this project. The trail is open only to residents of the Wardour neighborhood.