B'more Green generally stays away from touting commercial products or companies, largely because we lack the time or resources to vet them.  But my green-thumbed colleague Susan Reimer passed this along, and it seemed too worthwhile to ignore:

Nature Hills Nursery, which claims to be the largest online nursery and garden center in the nation, is offering to award a total of $4,500 in plants, shrubs and trees to four noteworthy community gardening and greening projects as part of its annual Green America contest. The nursery's aim, it says, is to "help communities reclaim land, turning eyesores into oases."

Grand prize winner gets $2,000, with the three others getting lesser amounts. Applicants must be charitable or educational nonprofit groups,

Apply online at www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards_application.aspx  Deadline is June 17.  Winners will be chosen by votes on the Nature Hills Nursery Facebook page.

No one from Maryland has won in the past three years, it seems.  With all the greening going on around here, that ought to change!