Community

Our Mission: Since 1973, giving back to the community has been a top priority of the Riddle Family.  Each and every year, Homestead Gardens supports over 100 non-profit organizations, civic associations and schools whose good work makes our community a better place to live and work.  

Since 1973, giving back to the community has been a top priority of the Riddle Family. Each and every year, Homestead Gardens supports over 100 non-profit organizations, civic associations and schools in the community with their fundraising effort. Homestead has been with many of these events from the beginning, assisting in their growth and continuing to support them…

Homestead has been with many of these events from the beginning, assisting in their growth and continuing to support them. Examples are:

  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts signature fundraiser Arts Alive
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center’s signature fundraiser Denim & Diamonds
  • Annapolis Greene
  • Bello Machre
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • South River Federation, Foodlink
  • SPCA of Anne Arundel County 
  • Rotary Club of South Arundel County’s Lights of Kindness
  • Summit School

Helping Our Neighbors: 

Homestead Gardens is proud to support over 100 local organizations whose hard work and efforts help make our community a better place to live. If you are a local non-profit or civic organization and would like to submit a request for a donation, please click to fill out our online form 

Supporting the Community:

Each year, Homestead Gardens sponsors local charitable events and fundraisers that have a positive impact on our environment and the health and welfare of our friends and neighbors. If you have a local event or cause and you would like to submit a request for us to be a sponsor, please click to fill out our online form.

Homestead Gardens sponsors local charitable events and fundraisers that have a positive impact on our environment, health and welfare in our community.

Sponsorships are defined as: any event seeking financial support or requesting to hold their fundraising event at Homestead Gardens.

We regret that due to the high number of sponsorship requests we receive, we are not able to respond positively to everyone.

We are accepting applications exclusively online.

ALL SPONSORSHIP REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event.

Effective beginning 2017… in order to be considered, all sponsorship requests must be submitted by December 1st of the previous year. See deadline schedule below.

Event/Fundraiser DateSubmission Deadline
March 1, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019Dec. 1, 2017
March 1, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020Dec. 1, 2018

Please fill out the form below with your information. You will be contacted upon receipt.

Questions? Please contact Pamela Finlay at [email protected] or 240-447-2378.

Environment & Beautification: 

South River Restoration Project at Homestead Gardens: Located in the headwaters of Beards Creek, this 1 acre mowed and ditched site was identified as a high priority for restoration as part of a watershed prioritization study.   Located in the headwaters of Beards Creek, this 1-acre mowed and ditched site was identified as a high priority for restoration as part of a watershed prioritization study funded by the in 2007. 

The project was funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Homestead Gardens and designed and constructed by Underwood & Associates in 2009 2012, respectively.  The South River Federation installed a system of stormwater wetlands and bio-retention cells behind the Homestead Gardens nursery. 

In addition to restoring headwater wetland functions and habitat, the 1-acre project treats 12 acres of runoff coming from parking lots, building roofs, and nursery operations flowing directly to a tributary of Beard’s Creek within the South River watershed – all of which was previously untreated and flowing through man-made ditches in mowed lawn.

Flower Program: 

Annapolis Flower Program – supports the flower baskets and pots that adorn downtown Annapolis.  Now in its 17th year, Don Riddle, Steve Samaras, George Nasaaf and Rusty Romo and the Annapolis Business Association kicked off the first program to beautify downtown Annapolis with flowers.  It was met with opposition but prevailed and has bloomed into the program we know today – “Annapolis in Bloom,” under the direction of the Main Street Partnership.