Jefferson Patterson Park is home to a variety of gardens; ranging from the formal gardens of the Patterson's home, to the traditional Native American village garden. Over the years, park staff have also cultivated pollinator gardens, rain gardens and themed native plant gardens.

​With the new horticulture position, we have a staff person dedicated to the care and interpretation of the gardens. Join us as a volunteer for garden workdays, attend an educational workshop, or just come to stroll the grounds as we enhance the park with native plants, food plants, and pollinator-friendly spaces.

Beneficial Bugs: a Pollinator Week Celebration

  • Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us! Families are invited to explore the weird and wonderful world of beneficial insects with us from June 22-28th.
  • Monday, June 22 - Summertime Kick-off with Insect Investigation kits
  • Our first 12 registered participants* pick up kits and begin self-guided exploration
  • One kit per family. Supplies are limited, sign up right away!

Pick-up instructions will be provided.

During the week, use your kits to explore and look for our pollinator posts online to learn more!

Saturday, June 27 - Insect Q&A and Pollinator Prizes raffle
Participants* who answer a question or share pollinator photos will be entered in our raffle to win pollinator prizes!

We will be hosting a Google Meet online. 

Fee: FREE! Insect Investigation kits and Pollinator Prizes courtesy of Calvert Environmental Trust for Youth grant.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

*All are welcome to participate, but only locals who can pick-up on-site are eligible for kits and prizes.


Featured Plant: Strawberries

Save the Strawberries! Right now, mouth-watering strawberries are growing wild and in gardens across Maryland. But there is an imposter in their midst, don't be fooled! Let's compare these two leaves. If you look carefully, there are subtle differences. The real strawberry has sharp tips on its toothed leaves, whereas the mock strawberry has rounded toothed edges. Real strawberry leaves are quite hairy, top and bottom; mock strawberry has fewer, finer hairs. Fun fact: store-bought strawberries are a hybrid of native Virginia/wild strawberries and a South American variety.

When flowering, it is easy to tell the white flowers of the Virginia strawberry plants from the yellow flowers of the mock strawberries. ​


For more information contact Lindsay Hollister, lindsay.hollister@maryland.gov​ or 410-586-8510