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Thursday, May 21, 2015

January 1, 1993 City of Westminster Maryland Landscape Manual

January 1, 1993 City of Westminster Maryland Landscape Manual



W. Benjamin Brown, Mayor
Edward S. Calwell
Stephen R. Chapin, Sr.
William F. Haifley, Council President
Rebecca A. Orenstein
Kenneth A. Yowan


Joseph Barley, Chairman
Susan Bare
Joan R. Hollinger
Neil Ridgely
Donna Baker
Christopher Batten
Donald E. Donovan
Thomas G. Ford
Thomas Hoff
Councilwoman Rebecca Orenstein


Thomas B. Beyard
Director of Planning and Public Works

Katrina L. Tucker
Town Planner

John B. Walsh, Jr.
City Attorney

January 1, 1993


Introduction         Page  1

I.        Purpose       Page  2

II.       Definitions  Page  3

III. Landscape Plans       Page  9

IV.     Existing Conditions Plan         Page 11

v.       Landscape Standards and Criteria    Page 13

VI.     Approval Process  Page 17

VII. Plan Preparation and Certification        Page 20


Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix c
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F

Existing Conditions Plan Checklist
Schematic Landscape Plan
Checklist Final Landscape Plan
Checklist Approved Trash Dumpster Screening
Tree Protection Screening Specifications

List of Recommended Trees for Westminster


The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster adopted Ordinance No. 553 which adds new sections to the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Westminster.  Chapter  164 of these  sections provides for  the  adoption of a landscape manual  for  the  City  to enhance  its  environmental and visual  character for its citizens' use and enjoyment. 

The Mayor and Common Council recognize that developers and property owners will expend additional costs for landscaping required by this landscape manual. However, it also recognizes the important value of this highly regarded amenity.  It further finds that a landscape manual will preserve and stabilize the City’s ecological balance, improve air and water quality, reduce flooding and erosion, and provide protection from climatic conditions.

This manual has been adopted by The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster pursuant to Ordinance No. 553 so that its purposes and objectives can be achieved to the benefit of all of the City’s citizens.

It is intended that  this  manual  be used and implemented by landowners, developers, contractors, civil  engineers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, urban  foresters, natural  resource  specialists and planners in obtaining appropriate approval from  the  City  in connection with development.

The landscape manual is supplementary to and does not replace the provisions of the Forest Conservation Act as contained in Section 5-1601 of the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.


The purpose of this Landscape Manual is to preserve, protect and improve - the public health and general welfare by promoting the environmental and public benefits of landscaping.  This Landscape Manual provides for the use of landscape elements in an organized manner designed to augment and enhance the City's physical environment and visual character with resulting benefits to its citizens.

In achieving this purpose, the City adopts the following goals and objectives for landscape design:

(a)      to provide  varying  and attractive landscape elements including deciduous  and evergreen planting, earthen berms planted  with  suitable vegetation and a variety of harmonious shrubs, groundcovers, grasses and perennials.

(b)        to preserve and enhance natural vegetation  to the maximum  extent feasible, to protect  the natural ecosystem and achieve aesthetically pleasing appearances.

(c)      to require new  planting which  is compatible  with  the existing vegetation of Westminster  and its environs.

(d)      to preserve steep, erodible and wooded  slopes and provide  suitable planting  on artificially graded slopes.

(e)      to design streets  and roads, streetscapes  and grading to accommodate and respect the natural terrain and vegetation.

(f)       to utilize landscape elements to stabilize soil and prevent  erosion, sedimentation and reduce stormwater run-off  with  its potential damage.

(g)      to utilize elements of landscape design in aiding the removal of pollutants from the air and assist in the generation of oxygen.

(h)     to provide  a buffer  and screen against noise, pollution and dissimilar uses.

(i)       to provide  a haven and shelter for birds and other fauna.

(j)       to provide  shade thereby reducing ambient temperature, mitigating heat islands and providing protection from adverse environmental conditions, including  sun glare, heat, noise and wind.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Md Natl Guard Co H began in the flower business

The Maryland National Guard Company H, from Carroll County had its beginnings 110 years ago in the flower business.

From its roots in a Frizellburg flower business, to the shores of Normandy on D-Day, part of the family tree of the famed 29th Division, Company H, from Carroll County started to grow 110 years ago.

By Kevin Dayhoff, May 20, 2009

Next Monday is Memorial Day. It is a solemn day that Carroll County has faithfully observed for 142 years

Hopefully I will see you and your family at the historic Westminster Cemetery when we gather together, after the traditional Memorial Day parade, to our express our profound gratitude for the acts of brave patriots who gave their full measure to preserve our way of life.

Just after last year’s observances of Memorial Day, I wrote a Sunday Carroll Eagle column on D-Day, and the fact that many Carroll Countians served in the 29th Division - which along with V Corps and the 1st Infantry Division made up the total of 34,250 troops, 3,300 vehicles - who landed at “Omaha Beach” that faithful day on June 6, 1944, at 6:30 in the morning.

For several months after that column appeared, many readers asked for more information on the 29th Division and its humble beginnings in Carroll County as Company H of the Maryland National Guard

As a matter of fact, the D-Day column came as a result of reader feedback from an earlier column on the history and tradition of the Memorial Day observances in Westminster.

Folks also took me aside during last year’s Westminster’s Memorial Day ceremonies and contacted me after I had the opportunity to talk about the Memorial Day holiday and D-Day on WTTR with Gail Jones, the guardianship program coordinator for the Carroll County bureau of aging, on the “Carroll Senior News” program.

Then the topic came up again when I was honored to be the guest of George Miller and Paul Garver last year at the Westminster Senior Center for a Memorial Day program.

I promised that I would fill-in more of the history of Company H this year, in time for the 2009 Westminster observance of Memorial Day.

Candidly, the history and tradition of Company H of the Maryland National Guard and the 29th Division will remain a long-term project because one could write a lengthy book on the topic.

For this installment, we’ll just introduce you to the early roots of Company H and we’ll see what further questions arise and take it from there.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Entrance to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Entrance to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

February 19, 2009

The entrance to the “Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.”

Okay, I admit that I am biased because I am an horticulturist, however, if you are ever in the area, do not miss the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens… For more information: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Selby History

Retrieved February 18, 2009

Marie Selby was born Mariah Minshall in Wood County, West Virginia, on August 9, 1885. When Marie was still a young girl, the Minshall family moved to Marietta, Ohio where her father studied geology at Marietta College and invented parts for oil drilling equipment. The Minshall family frequently went on camping and hiking trips along the Ohio River; perhaps it was this early introduction to nature that spawned in Marie her love of the out-of-doors.

Marie was an accomplished pianist, and attended a music seminary in Illinois. Shortly after completing her musical studies she met William (Bill) Selby, a partner with his father in the Selby Oil and Gas Company. William and Marie were married on January 31, 1908, in the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta.

Early in their marriage the young couple was intrigued by the country's first cross-country automobile race. They decided to travel the same course, and outfitted their touring car with spare parts and camping equipment. As a result of the Selby's enthusiasm and determination, Marie Selby became the first woman to cross the country by car.

Bill Selby had visited Sarasota before his marriage and was drawn into the area by the excellent fishing waters and the astounding beauty of the west coast of Florida. He brought his young wife to Sarasota in hopes that she would share his enthusiasm. She did, and they bought seven acres of land bordering on Sarasota Bay and Hudson Bayou. Little did they dream, at that moment, of the exquisite Sarasota landmark their property would become in the not-so-distant future.

In the early 1920s the Selbys built a Spanish-style, 2-story house among the laurel and banyan trees. Landscaping of the Selby home site was planned by Marie. Borders of flowers bloomed along the roadway which led to the tip of the peninsula. A large rose garden figured prominently in the overall design - a garden Marie was always reluctant to leave behind during summers spent at the Selby ranch in Montana.

Despite their enormous wealth (vast holdings in the oil and mining industries had made Bill Selby a multimillionaire long before he settled in Sarasota); the Selbys lived a quiet and unostentatious life. Their home was modest, they entertained on a small scale, and they were not a part of the Sarasota social scene. Both Marie and Bill Selby dressed plainly, for their interests lay in outdoor activities. You would often find her in cotton dresses and sneakers.

They owned a ranch where they raised purebred Angus cattle and rode horses; often they could be seen around town in their dusty riding clothes.

Boating was another favorite activity at the Sarasota Yacht Club. In 1928, a reception was held at the Selby home for local members and visiting members of other yacht clubs participating in the annual Regatta. That year, Marie Selby won the "Express Cruiser Race" and the Sarasota Yacht Club won overall, retaining the trophy won in 1927.

Yet one guesses that Marie's love of nature and of gardening was her most consuming passion. She was a charter member of Sarasota's first garden club, the Founder's Circle. She had a great desire to keep Sarasota a beautiful and green place and was disturbed later in life by the proliferation of high-rise construction. The row of bamboo on the bay side of the property was planted by Marie to block her view of the offending condominiums.
The Selby Legacy

In 1955, William Selby had established the William and Marie Selby Foundation. The impact of Selby Foundation in the Sarasota community has been, and continues to be, enormous - on education, the arts, youth and children, libraries, health services, and programs in support of the aged.

William Selby died on December 4, 1956 and Marie continued to live quietly in the home she loved until her death on June 9, 1971. The contents of Marie Selby's will revealed her wish to leave her property to the community as a botanical garden "for the enjoyment of the general public."

A board of directors was appointed and after consultation with the New York Botanical Garden and the University of Florida, it was decided that the garden should specialize in epiphytic plants, thereby making it unique among the more than 200 botanical gardens in the country.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975. Marie Selby's final wish was fulfilled, and the Selby legacy was in full bloom.

In November 2001, William and Marie Selby were reinterred in front of their beloved home on the grounds of Selby Gardens. A triangular-shaped fountain pays tribute to this pioneering couple whose generosity has touched generations of Sarasotans. A plaque on the Selby House honors Marie as a Great Floridian, so named by the Florida Legislature in 2000 for her significant contributions to the history and culture of the state.

Selby Gardens Today

Since the Gardens opened, the property has expanded from seven acres to nearly 13 acres. The elegant Mansion on adjoining property was purchased in 1973 and now houses the Gardens' Museum. The Gardens maintains a plant collection numbering more than 20,000 greenhouse plants, plus thousands more in the outdoor gardens. Eight greenhouses include the stunning Tropical Display House where unusual flora can be seen year round. The Center for Tropical Plant Science and Conservation provides headquarters for The Bromeliad Identification Center, the Orchid Identification Center and the Selby Gardens' Herbarium.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has, in short, become a respected center for research and education, as well as a famous showplace that delights more than 180,000 visitors each year.

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