Adkins Arboretum, located in Ridgely on Maryland's Eastern Shore, covers 400-acres of the region's native plants. This time last year our visit included a walk through the forest, deep in the shade, the smell of decaying, rich matter. At the entrance to Adkins a Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) greets you. What a treat to spot this five foot wide wing span bird as it seeks its next meal over the creeks of the Chesapeake's tributaries. Water filters through these marsh lands to enter the Tuckahoe River which feeds into the much larger Choptank River further south. Adkins website features a list of over 600 species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and grasses.