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Orioles, National Wildlife Federation to open community garden at Camden Yards

Volunteers began working on the Camden Yards community garden Wednesday morning.
Volunteers began working on the Camden Yards community garden Wednesday morning. (Jan Hardesty / Maryland Stadium Authority)
*This story has been updated to reflect the new date of the garden ceremony, which has been postponed to May 26 due to weather conditions.

Camden Yards will get a little more environmentally friendly this month.

The National Wildlife Federation has partnered with the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority to open a community garden south of the ballpark near the Eutaw Street entrance on May 26.

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Through the wildlife conservation organization's campaign "Grow Together," which is working to create backyard sanctuaries throughout the city to reduce pollution and improve the quality of the community, the partnership will plant more than 12,000 native plants at Camden Yards in hopes of attracting orioles as well as other local birds and butterflies.

Volunteers began working on the garden this morning, according to Jan Hardesty, spokeswoman for the Maryland Stadium Authority.

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"We're very excited about it because, of course, the stadium is committed to an environmentally sensitive plan," Hardesty said.

Though keeping habitat in an urban area is a challenge, Hardesty said the garden will make the park more scenic and will help educate residents on how to incorporate wildlife-friendly gardens in their community.

"It explains the importance of having native vegetation and creating a wildlife habitat because there has been so much loss of habitat because of development," she said.

The garden will also absorb rain, helping prevent runoff from carrying pollutants into the Inner Harbor, Hardesty said.

The opening ceremony for the garden, which is located at the entrance behind Veterans Memorial Plaza at Maryland Square, is open to the public and will occur on May 26 at 11 a.m.

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