We are landscape architects and we need to establish a meadow near the bay in AACo. We need to know how to do it and we need specifications to give a contractor. Can you help or point us in the right direction? SHA was no help. John Rohde
Anne Arundel County Maryland
We are not experts on meadow planning and design, but this page (designed for home gardeners) may get you started:
These three publications, which you may already be aware of, list native species with habitat preferences:
Inspiration and tips may also be found in books such as Gardens of the High Line by Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke and Planting in a Post-Wild World by Claudia West and Thomas Rainer.
There are several wholesale native plant growers in the area (such as Pennsylvania) who may have locally-propagated plants available or who may know of a source who does. There is a native plant seed supplier in the upper midwest who offers a range of species and species mixes (blended for specific habitats) but their genetics may not be local to our populations here.