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Nov 17th: Twilight Open House Benefit

Join us and the finest local restaurants, wineries & breweries for a magical evening in our Christmas Wonderland!

Fri, November 17, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

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100% of Proceeds to Benefit the Captain Avery Museum

$20 per Person – Includes Food, Beverages & Five Wine/Beer Samples

  • Live Music by Courtlyn Car
  • First, 75 Guests Receive a FREE gift!
  • Great Raffle Prizes
  • 20% Off Your Entire Purchase of Regularly Priced Merchandise!

2017 Twilight Open House Sponsors:

Skipper’s Pier, Whistle Stop Winery, Ledo Pizza (Deale, MD), Chesapeake Grille & Deli- Dunkirk, Fridays Creek Winery, Umai Sushi House, Christopher’s Grocery Store, Calvert Brewing Company, Sandy Pony Donuts, Happy Harbor Restaurant, The Coffee Table, South County Cafe, Killarney House Irish Restaurant and Pub, Giovanni’s Italian Catering, Honey Hive, home of Cakes By Rachael, Greenspring Brewing, Herrington on the Bay, Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, and South County Liquor Wine & Spirits!

LOCATION: 391 West Bay Front Road • Lothian, MD 20711

 

Nov 18th: Greenstreet Gardens Behind the Scenes Greenhouse Tour

Sat, November 18, 2017 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Poinsettias, poinsettias, and more poinsettias. Do you want to see a sea of gorgeous flowers? Come visit our beautiful and bustling 65-acre farm in Lothian, Maryland and tour our production greenhouses, where all the growing happens! Ray Greenstreet will show you first hand our state of the art 70,000 sq-foot greenhouse facility equipped with all the latest and greatest technology to grow the healthiest bedding plants and beyond.

You can be one of the first to see the behind the scenes magic of Greenstreet Growers.

The tour is free, but we ask that you register because we have limited space.

*Involves a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces. Please dress appropriately!

LOCATION: 

Greenstreet Gardens

391 West Bay Front Road

Lothian, MD 20711

 

Corn crazy: Three Anne Arundel County corn mazes open for the fall season

“Give one last corn hug!” called Kate Howlett as her son Matthew splashed around in a sand box filled entirely with dried corn kernels.

Behind the Howletts, a sea of shiny green cornstalks reached toward the sweltering sun. A yawing opening in the otherwise impenetrable wall of corn showed a winding dirt path to somewhere unseen.

The Howletts, who had moments before emerged from that very corn, marched up a grassy bank toward a hayride that would return them to their car and pick up other families eagerly waiting to solve the Greenstreet Gardens’ maze for themselves.

Greenstreet Gardens is just one of several farms and greenhouse complexes in the county inviting families to embark down a path amid 10-foot cornstalks and try to find their way out. It, along with Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville and Maryland Sunrise Farms in Gambrills, opened a corn maze this past weekend.

The three are part of a growing number of farms across Maryland and the country which have turned to agritourism to reconnect families with the nation’s agrarian roots. The three complexes feature additional activities such as trampolines, petting zoos, pumpkin patches and more in addition to the mazes.

“If the kids are all tried and dirty when they go home, then we’ve done a good job,” said Ray Greenstreet, owner of Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian. The company has been cutting their corn into a family-friendly labyrinth for 12 years

 

Ally Dinenna, 7, and her mother Jenn Dinenna find their way through the corn maze at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian.

 

This month, the Anne Arundel County Council passed an agritourism bill, which Greenstreet helped craft as a part of County Executive Steve Schuh’s workgroup. The bill defined agritourism in the county’s zoning code and made activities such as hosting a pumpkin patch or a corn maze a permissible use of farmland in the county.

The corn maze at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian has been carved to honor the Brothers Osborne, a singing duo from South County.

Most Americans are generations removed from farms, Greenstreet said. Fall festivals like the one Greenstreet Gardens hosts provides kids and families with an opportunity to rediscover the places where food and animals come from, while having fun simultaneously, he said.

A humorous sign lets maze walkers know what kind of help they can expect at the corn maze at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian.

Corn, which most growers plant in the summer, proves a convenient medium for a little good-natured mayhem. Greenstreet and Homestead gardens cut their own mazes, while Sunrise hires a company that works with farms nationwide. The Greenstreet maze is a complicated puzzle, shaped like local country-rock duo Brothers Osborne. The Sunrise maze is a tribute to Curious George’s 75th anniversary. The Homestead maze doesn’t form a shape, but the wide cut path is deceivingly tricky, as lengthy turns quickly become dead-ends.

Matthew Howlett, 7, and his mother Kate Howlett reach an exit from the corn maze at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian.

At Greenstreet, a sign at the maze entrance assures visitors a “highly trained” rescue squad will locate and round up at least two-thirds of the weekend’s lost and forgotten. The Howletts completed half the winding trek before finding an alternate route out.

 

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Greenstreet Gardens’ owner appointed to the Maryland Agricultural Commission

By: Shanteé Woodards

Greenstreet Gardens’ Raymond Greenstreet II has been appointed to a three-year term with the Maryland Agricultural Commission.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Greenstreet to the commission, which serves as an advisory body to the secretary and deputy secretary of agriculture. It has 30 members representing various commodities in Maryland and includes a consumer and a University of Maryland (ex officio) representative.

Greenstreet previously served as president of the Maryland Agriculture Council and is now on its board of directors. Greenstreet Gardens is a retailer and growing garden center and its Maryland location is in Lothian. Its Greenstreet Growers Inc. grows annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for retail and wholesale customers.

Fall Festival returns to Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian

The Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival in Lothian.
Megan Brockett
mbrockett@capgaznews.com

 

On Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 80s and summer still clinging to Anne Arundel County, Elaine Hopper was digging pumpkin shirts out of storage.

It was opening weekend of the Fall Festival at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian, and Elaine and Rick Hopper had been persuaded by their daughters to waste no time in getting to the farm.

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“October’s busy,” Rick Hopper said with a smile. “We (decided we would) come now even though it’s 90 degrees out.”

The Hoppers, of Churchton, have been attending the festival for the last five or six years, they said.

Sunday afternoon, they watched from a picnic table as Elizabeth Hopper, 12, and Caroline Hopper, 9, bounced on a jumping pillow, almost matching in their orange shirts with jack–o’–lantern faces on the front.

“We are ready for fall,” Elaine Hopper said.

Families trickled into Greenstreet Gardens on Sunday for the fall festivities, which include hayrides, face painting, food vendors, and a pair of “corn boxes,” or sandboxes filled with seas of shelled corn instead of sand.

One of the festival’s biggest draws, though, is its corn maze, which spans about 6.5 acres and takes about 35 minutes on average to walk through, said Ray Greenstreet, who owns Greenstreet Gardens with his wife, Stacy.

The Greenstreets plant their corn late each year – after the Fourth of July – so that the stalks in the maze will be green, not brown, at least early in the festival, he said.

The maze design, done by a local farmer, changes each year, Greenstreet said.

This fall, an aerial view of the corn maze shows a farm with a barn and silos. Letters at the top of the design spell out “MD AG STRONG,” the theme of this year’s festival.

The idea is to promote Maryland agriculture, and also to educate adults and children about it, Greenstreet said.

“Maryland’s No. 1 industry – a lot of people don’t know – is agriculture,” Greenstreet said.

The Lothian farm plays host to several school field trips in the fall, where students take part in festival activities and also stop at educational stations around the farm to learn about topics like how corn grows, Greenstreet said.

Most kids don’t know where their food supply comes from, with the average person in the U.S. six generations removed from farming, he said.

“It’s just connecting them back to agriculture, and that’s what we really need to do,” he said.

“Everybody’s gotta eat, right?”

The festival is open weekends through Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 4 p.m.

The cost of admission is $13 and includes all festival activities. Children 2 years old and under are free.

Admission for seniors and military members is $10. 

 

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Greenstreet Greenwalls Designs & Installs Second Largest Air-Purifying Greenwall In The Country

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Lothian, MD (May 16, 2017) Greenstreet GreenWalls, a division of Greenstreet Growers, designs and installs the second largest active living green wall in the country.

It is a total of 780 sq. ft. and measures 66 feet wide and from 5 feet 4 inches high at its lowest point and 19 feet high at its highest point. This green wall is not only aesthetically pleasing but it purifies the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Towers are owned and operated by Monday Properties, a leading national real estate investment firm, which is where the green wall is located. “Monday Properties has a proud history of setting the bar in the industry when it comes to improving the lifestyle and comfort of our tenants,” said Tim Helmig, a Managing Partner at Monday Properties. “Implementing innovative and original solutions to elevate the tenant experience has allowed Monday’s buildings to stay ahead of the curve. In this instance, the green wall is a perfect complement to our ongoing commitment to sustainable design with our LEED Gold certification.”

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Ray Greenstreet, owner of Greenstreet GreenWalls said “A living wall brings nature inside for a cleaner, healthier and more welcoming space. Green walls are the green way to purify indoor air.”

The Greenstreet GreenWall uses AgroSci’s U.S. patented Aerogation™ system, which magnifies the natural cleaning power of plants 200 times more than any system not using Aerogation™ technology. Aerogation™ works by drawing air into the plants’ root zone where a natural process called phytoremediation turns impurities into fresh oxygen. AgroSci CEO Chris Pianta said, “We greatly appreciate Monday Properties’ decision to choose our product. Our unique Aerogation™ technology will naturally cleanse toxins, impurities and allergens from the building’s air without filters or sequestration.”

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The proprietary technology, unique to the industry, gives Wilson Blvd’s 2,663-plant green wall the air-purifying capacity of 888 cu. ft. of air per minute, 53,260 cu. ft. of air per hour, and 1,278,240 cu. ft. of air per day.

Other green walls completed by Greenstreet GreenWalls include the Gunther & Co. restaurant in Baltimore, MD, Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, CR Goodman Associates in Annapolis, MD, Quarry Springs Condominiums in Potomac, MD, and the Perkins Eastman D.C. offices at Thomas Circle.

For more information on Greenstreet GreenWalls, visit www.greenstreetgreenwalls.com.

Greenstreet Gardens opens third location

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The third store is housed in the recently acquired Eclectic Nature Gift and Garden Center.

June 23, 2014

Greenstreet Growers, Inc. has announced that they have recently acquired Eclectic Nature Gift and Garden Center in Alexandria, Virginia, making it their third local garden center. This comes two years after the Greenstreet family purchased The Apple House in Alexandria, VA.

Located in the middle of the quaint neighborhood of Del Ray, Eclectic Nature Gift and Garden center features a selection of annuals, perennials, and whimsical garden art. The shop has been family–owned and a community favorite for more than 10 years. The location will be renamed Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray, but will retain the same character it has maintained since it first opened.

“We fell in love with the location for all the same reasons that the locals love shopping there,” says Ray Greenstreet, owner of Greenstreet Growers, Inc. “We know that it’s part of the fabric of the neighborhood and we have no intention of changing that. But with our location just down the road, we will have the ability to deliver a much wider selection of fresh annuals, perennials and seasonal flowers daily.”

Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray will offer a large selection of plants that are locally grown by Greenstreet Growers farm in Lothian, Maryland. The store will also be introducing a variety of houseplants and gardening solutions such as organic gardening supplies, GMO-free seeds, and innovative gardening tools. Events, seminars, and workshops are also being planned for later in the summer.

Greenstreet Growers was founded in Lothian, M.D., in 2000 as a family-owned grower of cuttings, flowers, and plants. Read More

Greenstreet Gardens wins regional award

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BY Susan Reimer

Greenstreet Gardens of Lothian, a relative newcomer among garden centers in Maryland, was the surprise regional winner in a contest designed to reward the most innovative garden centers in the country.

The center, owned by Ray Greenstreet, was named to the Revolutionary 100 list by Today’s Garden Center as the Northeast region winner.  Size and revenue are not factors in the judging. Leadership and innovation were.

“The average age of some of these centers is 50 years,” said Greenstreet. “We’ve only been here as a garden center for five.”

Greenstreet and his wife Stacy, native Marylanders, purchased what was then Windmere Nursery, a rooting station which sold to wholesalers and retailers, 10 years ago. Greenstreet had been a salesman for Ball Seed Co. in New York, but wanted to raise his family in Maryland.

 

“We wanted them to grow up on a farm where we could build good character,” he said.

Greenstreet gave the public some access to the plant material he was growing, but soon realized he needed a retail outlet.

“We are here in southern Anne Arundel county so we knew we had to be a destination,” said Greenstreet.

The goal was to provide soup to nuts for gardeners, but also to provide family entertainment.

“We try to provide a service for planting, but also a place for people to come and spent time with the family.” Read More

Conservationist of the Year

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Greenstreet Growers uses land wisely

By Sandra Olivetti Martin

Greenstreet Growers owners Ray and Stacy Greenstreet.

For using land wisely so as to preserve it for future generations, Greenstreet Growers is Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year. Greenstreet Growers has been at the forefront of agriculture in South County since 2000, growing bedding annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for both retail and wholesale customers. In those years it has installed soil-saving, pollution-reducing innovations including grassed waterways, heavy-use area protections, irrigation management systems, pond and roof runoff structures.

Co-owner Ray Greenstreet serves on the Maryland Agriculture Council and was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Agricultural Commission. Read Full 

Not your average wall planter: Anne Arundel businesses partner to sell green walls

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Chuck Goodman said his architecture firm is always looking for the latest developments in the industry to offer clients.

The most recent: a wall of plants.

“They’re beautiful,” he said. “It’s going to be right when you come into the door. We think it makes a statement to what we’re committed to in sustainable design.”

The CR Goodman Associates founder said the green wall will be installed in the firm’s Annapolis office in about a month. And the wall won’t be just an aesthetic statement — it will also filter air.

The company was the primary architect for Anne Arundel Medical Center for the last 20 years, using Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.

Cindy Shuart, owner of Harmony Gardens in Annapolis, said the interior green walls improve air quality, reduce noise, regulate temperature, save energy and qualify for LEED credits.

“I feel like it’s the natural progression of where indoor plants should be moving to,” Shuart said. “We’re getting them off the floor and we’re putting them on the wall.”

Ray Greenstreet, of Greenstreet Growers in Lothian, approached Shuart at the beginning of the year with the idea and the two businesses partnered to sell them locally, she said. Greenstreet and Shuart are horticulturists in the interior plant-scaping industry, which puts plants in office buildings and malls, she said.

“This is more cutting-edge technology because it’s bringing in the science, bringing plants into the indoors and making them work for us,” Shuart said. “These walls clean the toxins from our environment. Then, of course, there’s all the emotional and psychological effect on the indoors.”

The brand of green walls they are selling is Aerogation, a double-walled panel system with all the irrigation within the panel.

“I’d seen (green walls) but never anything like this,” she said.”It’s like a closed-panel system where the air and the water flow through the wall to feed the plants and they’re very low maintenance.”

The type of plants on the wall depend on the amount of light available, Shuart said. 

After installation of the system, Shuart said her company and Greenstreet will send someone out about once a month to check on and trim the system. And customers can have the walls customized for different holidays.

Goodman said he’s seen green walls before, but never something like Aerogation, which filters air as it passes through.

“There’s so many new things out there that add to sustainable design you couldn’t begin to name them all. This is something we saw we liked,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year, Greenstreet Growers and Harmony Gardens have sold two other walls. One has been installed in Montgomery County, and the other will be installed in a Baltimore restaurant, she said. Right now they are focusing on marketing and going to other architecture firms to introduce the product.

Goodman said the employees at CR Goodman Associates are anxious for the green wall to be installed in the office.

“Architecture, like anything else, is a profession that’s constantly evolving,” Goodman said. Read More

VeggieMania: April 29th & April 30th

VeggieMania

April 29th & April 30th

VeggieMania

Choose from over 175 varieties of tomatoes and dozens of herb and vegetable plants to grow in your home garden. Our staff will be on hand to advise you on soil preparation, fertilization and other planting tips.