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New Adult Education Class - Grow it Eat it Preserve it at Brookside Gardens with Lisa Gonzalez, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UMD.

This session will cover the types of canned products that can be safely made at home and the necessary ingredients, equipment and supplies. The basic steps of water bath canning and food safety considerations will be demonstrated. Included in your registration fee are a take home canned product, handouts and the book, “So Easy To Preserve,” which includes tested recipes and in-depth information designed for both the new and experienced food preserver. Bring a brown bag lunch.
Course # 23574
Wednesday, September 21, 10:00am – 2:30pm
Fee: $40 FOBG: $37; registration required
Visitors Center Auditorium www.activemontgomery.org
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New Adult Education Class - Grow it Eat it Preserve it with Lisa Gonzalez, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UMD This session will cover the types of canned products that can be safely made at home and the necessary ingredients, equipment and supplies. The basic steps of water bath canning and food safety considerations will be demonstrated. Included in your registration fee are a take home canned product, handouts and the book, “So Easy To Preserve,” which includes tested recipes and in-depth information designed for both the new and experienced food preserver. Bring a brown bag lunch. Course # 23574 Wednesday, September 21, 10:00am – 2:30pm Fee: $40 FOBG: $37; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium www.activemontgomery.org

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Orchid from US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC.

March Meeting Topic: Orchid Care

Hello Fellow Gardeners!
Please plan to join us for a program on orchid care at our upcoming March meeting presented by Steve Robinson, Master Gardener.  

Date:  March 28, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.orchids
Location:  Mill Creek Towne Elementary School Teacher’s Lounge
Speaker:  Steve Robinson
Topic: Orchid Care
Hostesses:  Joan Carpenter

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MCT Garden Club October Meeting Topic: Planting for Birds

Join us for Montgomery County Master Gardener, Stan Fisher’s talk about Planting for Birds.   Learn more about how our yards can be more inviting to these backyard visitors.  As always, refreshments will be provided. The meeting information is below and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Topic: Planting for Birds
  • Speaker: Stan Fisher, Master Gardener
  • Location: Mill Creek Towne Elementary Teacher’s Lounge
  • Hostesses:  Nancy Brady, Claire Peterson
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MCT Garden Club September Meeting Topic: Montgomery Countryside Alliance’s “Growing Legacy”

Join us for our September community meeting to view “Growing Legacy”, the award-winning film about Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve – a national model for farmland and open space preservation. The Agricultural Reserve also serves as the “Green Lung” that cools and cleans the air and protects our drinking water and wildlife. Post-film Q & A features local experts on farming along with filmmaker and Executive Director of the non-profit Montgomery Countryside Alliance, Caroline Taylor. Film produced by Montgomery Countryside Alliance. Door-prize sponsored by Mill Creek Towne Garden Club, Derwood, MD. Refreshments will be provided. This program is for Adults and Teens.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Mill Creek Towne Elementary, 17700 Park Mill Drive, Derwood, MD 20855

Hosts: Mill Creek Town Garden Club members

RSVP: info@mctgardenclub.org

*Please RSVP by Sunday, September 25th.

Growing Legacy Flyer 23Aug2016

 

Link to Printable Flyer

 

 

 

 

About the Montgomery Countryside Alliance

http://mocoalliance.org

Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve Map
Map by Tina Thieme Brown

We:

  • Educate about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of local farmland.
  • Support local farms to strengthen our rural economy.
  • Celebrate the beauty and abundance of the Ag Reserve.
  • Conserve the economic value and rural landscape of the Ag Reserve for current and future generations of the region.
  • Advocate for land use and transportation policies that enhance agriculture and land preservation.

 

Volunteer for Montgomery Countryside Alliance!

The Montgomery Countryside Alliance has a small full-time staff and there are always volunteer_finalvolunteer opportunities available. Opportunities range from photography, research, events planning, publications, phone outreach, grant making, and web management. We will try to find opportunities that match your interests. The work is demanding yet fulfilling. This program is approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours by Montgomery County Public Schools.

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

www.mctgardenclub.org

Illustration by Sue Kay
Illustration by Sue Kay

Established in 1968, the objective of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club is to stimulate and increase knowledge and interest in all facets of gardening among amateurs, establish an active community beautification program and to encourage civic beautification, and foster group activities for the benefit of the members and the community. The garden club also landscapes and maintains the Mill Creek Towne entrances and common areas.

The club meets once a month, at 7:30 pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except for May, July, November, and December). During school year, meetings are held at Mill Creek Towne Elementary school and during the summer, meetings are held at individual member’s homes. Each meeting features a garden-related program.

 

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August Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities,and events for August. Events include the University of Maryland, Montgomery County Grow It Eat It Open House on Saturday, August 6th; Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on August 12–20, 2016; and the Little Bennett Great Outdoors Festival on August 20th!

Planning:

  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • It is harvest time and also a good time to start taking stock of what worked well for you this season and what didn’t.
  • Order garlic, onions, and shallots for fall planting.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Attend a county fair and enter some of your garden bounty.
  • Plan where to plant your fall bulbs.Hillwood Estates garden
  • Take photos and update your garden journal.
  • Set aside a few hours each weekend for attending garden shows and tours. | DC Gardens
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:orange mums

  • Cut petunia stems back by 2/3rds and fertilize.
  • Divide and cut back Bearded Iris and Peonies.
  • Divide Hostas and Daylilies.
  • Cut back any leggy Asters or Mums.
  • As the days get cooler, plant hardy mums.
  • 10 Native Vines for Your Garden that Attract Wildlife | from the MidAtlantic Gardener
    • honeysuckle flowersThis article provides a list of 10 native vines to attract wildlife in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Inspect for powdery mildew. If seen, prune back perennials to create needed circulation. Discard properly (i.e., not in your compost bin).
  • Renew your container plantings, which may be looking a bit ragged at this point. Pinch back overgrown plants. Pull out any spent ones and pop in some substitute annuals or mums. Keep them well-watered and add a little liquid fertilizer every few weeks to keep them going through early autumn.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, other fall annuals.
  • Weed and weed some more.
  • Pests to watch for: Aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s August Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Don’t transplant azaelas this month.
  • Avoid late summer pruning.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Pests to watch for: sawfly, lacebug, webworm, spidermites, leafminers, caterpillars, scale, aphids, borers, and bagworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew.
  • See HGIC’s August Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

Harvest Time!
Harvest Time!
  • The first week in August is the last week recommended to plant beans, peas, and carrots for fall.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning, for best flavor.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables (turnips, carrots, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Chinese cabbage,  cauliflower, kale, lettuce, mustard, radish, and spinach ).
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Deadhead garlic chives before they go to seed. Makes a nice cut-flower.
  • Turn your compost pile and don’t let it dry out!
  • Pests to watch for: Squash vine borer.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew, fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for August from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly-seeded lawns well watered!
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather – Do Not Water.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s August Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwater inside.
  • Bring Christmas cactus and poinsettias indoors if you took them out for the summer in preparation for holiday blooming. Fertilize them and put them where they’ll get just 10 hours’ bright light per day.
  • Monitor for insect problems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids, squirrels, whitefly
  • See HGIC’s August Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.rabbits
  • Keep birdfeeders and baths cleaned and replenished. Change water frequently to avoid mosquitoes.
  • See HGIC’s August Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s August Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

August

See below for upcoming local events in August.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Additional information on Summer Festivals: Montgomery Parks Announces 2016 Summer Festivals

🌼Save the date for these upcoming Summer events! Events include the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on August 12–20, 2016, and the Little Bennett Great Outdoors Festival on August 20th!

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University of Maryland, Montgomery County Grow It Eat It Open House

Saturday, August 6th

9am to 1pm (some programs start earlier/later)8_6-open-house-flyer-final

Location: Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Rd, Derwood MD 20855

We are celebrating the year of the tomato!

We have an amazing line-up of speakers, demonstrations, children’s programs, garden projects, plant advice, tomato tasting, and inspiration.  Stroll through our garden and get ideas of what to plant at home.  Bring your plant and tomato problems to our two plant clinics.

Don’t forget to bring your tomatoes for the tomato tasting!  There will be prizes for the prettiest, ugliest, and tastiest tomatoes!

Come purchase plants from vendors, including Chesapeake Natives, garden products, Fall vegetable plants, local honey and honey products, rain barrels, local pottery, and products for caring for chickens.

Grab your picnic blanket, bring your lunch (or purchase one from us at the event).

The event is free and does not require registration unless otherwise noted.

Children’s  ProgramsChildren's Discover Program
All children are welcome.

Discover Flowers
Suggested for grades 4 & 5
Register

Discover Gardening
Suggested for grades 4 & 5
Register

Discover Trees
Suggested for Grades 6, 7, & 8
Register

The preliminary schedule of events can be found here:

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

August 12–20, 2016mcagfair-logo

501 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

http://mcagfair.com/

General Admission: $10, Children 11 & under are FREE(Free same day re-admission, get your hand stamped at the gate before departing).

  • Parking: $10 cash per car at the fairgrounds.
  • Group Rate: $7 per person (with 15 people or more).Must be purchased on one transactionand picked up prior to the first day of the Fair.
  • FREE parking and shuttle bus service from Lakeforest Mall, located at Lost Knife Rd. and Odenhal Ave.

 

2016 Great Outdoors Festival

Great Outdoors Festival - Little Bennett Campground

Saturday, August 20
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. | Free! | Little Bennett Campground

School starts on August 30th so make sure you get some sun and fun before heading back to class!

Celebrate the outdoors at Little Bennett Great Outdoors Fest!  This free family event features our new pedal carts, jumping pillow, tours of the yurts, along with hay rides, live music, S’mores, hikes and fun at Little Bennett Campground!

Get ideas on how to protect and enjoy our great outdoors from local organizations and retailers, conservation groups and Montgomery Parks. Little Bennett Campground features 91 campsites (including 3 yurts) just steps away from the more than 20 miles of trails at Little Bennett Regional Park!

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July Garden Tips – Edible Flowers

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Here are some edible flowers from Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Vice President and Master Gardener, Heather Whirley’s garden!

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From left to right in the photo: 
  1. CALENDULA/Calendula officinalis also commonly called Pot Marigold, used to flavor and color soups and stews, petals are edible as a topping for salads.  Has a bitter flavor.
  2. LAVENDER – Lavandula angustifolia – floral flavor used in icings, cakes, cookies and pastries.  Recommended varieties for culinary use are “Munstead” and “Hidcote.”
  3. CHAMOMILE/Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita – used in teas for calming effect.  Do not use or use sparingly if you have allergies to ragweed, as this plant is in the same family. Two types – Annual is the German Matricaria recutita and the perennial Roman is Chamaemelum nobile.  Use the flowers of either type interchangeably in the kitchen.
  4. THYME/Thymus spp. – this herb’s flowers give an herbal flavor – sprigs can be used for decorating plates, also great to let flower in the garden for bees.
  5. BEE BALM/Monarda didyma, M. fistulosa, M.citriodora– spicy, sweet flavor, but exceptionally tempting for the bees in the garden.  Leaves are used to make Bergamot tea.

06/25/2016 – Weed Warriors – Friends of Sligo Creek at Forest Glen

Saturdays, 8-10am

Join us this morning to take on the invasive plants along the stream and the bike path. This seciton of Sligo Creek has had a steady group of volunteers working to preserve the secret biodiversity of Sligo Creek. Join us and we may just show you something cool. We’ll certainly teach you how to work the invasives that are probably in your yard too. Work continues in this section to remove undesirable plants, restore forest health and enjoy Sligo Creek throughout the year, usually the last Saturday of the month. Workdays occur in all temperatures, but are cancelled in the event of rain. Wear appropriate clothing, bring your own tools or borrow ours.

Please RSVP by noon on Friday.

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June Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, videos, and events for June. Events for June  include Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, 6th Annual Garden Party at Behnke Nurseries, Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival, Woodlawn Visitor Center Open House, and more!

Planning:

  • As the heat and humidity moves in, take it easy by working in the morning or early evening to avoid intense sun and humidity. Leave the big projects for this fall. For now, concentrate on maintaining the beds you’ve already established and nurturing your new plantings.
  • Don’t overwater if it is hot and muggy. Remove plants severely infected with powdery mildew. Thin crowded plants.
  • Check out plants going on sale!
  • Peruse fall bulb catalogs.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Plan who is going to water your plants during your vacation.
  • Plan where to plant your fall bulbs.
  • Take photos and update your garden journal.
  • Set aside a few hours each weekend for attending garden shows and tours. | DC Gardens
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
  • Remove spent lilac and rhododendron blossoms.rhododendron
    • Video: Pruning (or NOT Pruning) Rhododendrons
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  • Fertilize azaleas and rhododendrons and monitor them closely for any lacebug damage.
  • Take cuttings from azaleas and roses to start new plants.
  • Cut a few flowers to enjoy at your workplace.
  • Tie-up climbing roses and other wandering vines.
  • Try a few new tropical plants on your patio.
  • Start a sunflower patch with help from a few kids.
  • Pinch buds of fall-blooming plants (asters, mums, Joe-Pye weed).
  • Prune azaleas directly after blooming.
  • Water transplants when dry.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy transplants.
  • Fertilize spring blooming bulbs after flowering.
  • Stake tall plants.
  • Fill in bare spots with annualsmarigolds
  • Spray roses with Neem oil every two weeks
  • Pests to watch for: 4-lined plant bug, Aphids, slugs
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s June Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Contact a certified arborist to have your trees’ health inspected.
  • Transplanting azaleas is still possible.
  • Take soft wood cuttings of plants to propagate.
  • Shape your evergreens and hedges.
  • Prune boxwoods.
  • Prune flowering shrubs as their flowers fade. Last chance to do so for fall-blooming camellias.
  • Walnut Wilt (Juglone) – Trees and Shrubs Common Problems
    Some plants will not grow near black walnut trees. Plants growing near black walnut trees may show reduced growth, wilt and eventually die. Walnut wilt should be suspected when wilting occurs even though there is sufficient soil moisture.  See the University of Maryland Extension HGIC’s site with a list of plants that may be affected by the black walnut tree.
  • Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) has many common names, including Carolina allspice, strawberry-bush, sweet bubby, sweet Betsy and spicebush. As these names indicate, it is valued for the sweet, often fruity fragrance of its flowers. Sweetshrub is native along the east coast from Pennsylvania south to northern Florida and west to Mississippi. In South Carolina it is native in the Upstate and Central regions, and grows well throughout the state. See details on this popular shrub on Clemson University’s site.
  • Fertilizing Landscape Trees and Shrubs Tips: How much and how often to fertilize shade trees?  See the University of Maryland Extension HGIC’s site for details.
  • Pests to watch for: Gypsy moths, sawfly, azalea lacebug, webworm, spidermites, leafminers, caterpillars, adelgids, scale, aphids, borers, bagworms, and Japanese beetles.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew.
  • See HGIC’s June Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.
Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:
  • Remove finished plants.
  • Plant warm season plants.
  • Second week in June is the last week to plant summer squash.
  • Harvest strawberry beds daily.
  • Sow beets, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, Swiss Chard, mustard greens, and squash for fall harvest.
  • Cardoon is a popular ingredient in Mediterranean cooking and has been cultivated since ancient times. It is perennial in zones 6-10.

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    Cynara cardunculus
  • New fruit plants— keep watered their first spring, summer and fall.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Dig up garlic when the tops turn brown. Let dry in the sun, then store.
  • Pests to watch for: Asparagus beetle, cabbageworm, corn borer, corn earworm, cucumber beetles, slugs, tomato hornworm.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for June from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Mow in the early evening and cut off no more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Leave clippings on the ground to provide nutrients.
  • Sharpen your lawnmower blades.
  • Turn your compost pile.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s June Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Fertilize houseplants.
  • Begin hardening off prior to putting outside in shade for summer.
  • Houseplants can be combined with flowering annuals in container plantings.
  • Monitor for insect problems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids
  • See HGIC’s June Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • This is the perfect time to apply grub control.
  • Avoid using pesticides or any chemicals near your water garden.
  • Watch for ants , carpenter bees, mining bees, mosquitos, stink bugs, termites, ticks.mosquito
  • See HGIC’s June Insect Tips for more details.
  • This is snake mating season, their most active time of year. Snakes are beneficial creatures and should not be harmed. Snakes in the garden help control insect and rodent pests. See the HGIC June Wildlife tips for identifying snakes.
  • Prevent deer from feeding on garden and landscape plants, by applying a repellent, such as “Deer-Away”, “Liquid Fence”, “Deer-Off”, “Hinder” or “Ro-Pel” to vulnerable plants. Grow plants seldom damaged by deer. See FS 655 Deer Resistant Ornamentals.
  • Watch for: rabbits, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s June Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.

June

See below for upcoming local events in June.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Additional information on Summer Festivals: Montgomery Parks Announces 2016 Summer Festivals

🌼Save the date for these upcoming Summer events! Events include the Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival, Climb a Tree, Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, and more!

Montgomery Parks Summer Volunteer Opportunities!montgomery_parks-logo

Looking for volunteer opportunities this summer? There are still some openings left for Montgomery Parks including Brookside Garden’s Butterfly Exhibit, Gardeners at Brookside Nature Center, and summer camp counselors at various Montgomery Park Nature Centers.

volunteer_finalMany of our Nature Center Summer Camps are still looking for Volunteer Counselors! Follow the link to see a list of the camps and find out how you can get involved.

List of Volunteer Opportunities

WINGS OF FANCY

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, September 25

10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens

$8 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 3-12 | Free ages 0-2wof_butterflies_015

Brookside Gardens is happy to announce the return of its premier Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

Climb-A-Tree at Elm Street Park

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m.-Noon | Elm Street Urban Park | FREEclimb_a_tree

Come climb a giant tree in Montgomery Parks! Join our arborists as they provide safety gear, assistance and encouragement to help kids put their heads in the clouds and see our parks from a new perspective. Tons of fun and free for all! Let’s see how high you can climb!

Join us at any of the following dates, times and locations for a fun adventure among the trees:

  • Saturday, June 4th, 9am-noon Elm Street Park 4600 Elm Street,Bethesda, MD 2081
  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 9am – noon – Fairview Park 8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Wednesday, July 6th , 9am- noon Wall Park 4901 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, MD 2085
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SANDY SPRING STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 4sandy_spring_strawberry_fest

Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival is back for the 35th year. Enjoy live music, dance performances, petting zoo, beer garden and more at the Sandy Spring Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh local strawberries and shortcake will be available.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

6TH ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY AT BEHNKE NURSERIES

Saturday, June 4, 10:00am-2:00pm. Behnke_garden_party_2016

Keynote speaker sponsored by Espoma: Kerry Ann Mendez.

Kerry Anne is an award-winning garden designer and author of four gardening books. Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Flower Gardens. Gorgeous, low-maintenance gardens are no accident. Learn proven design tricks for sensational gardens, including selecting great plants, design strategies, incorporating focal points, vertical interest, sustainable practices and more. Book signing to follow.

BROOKSIDE GARDENS SATURDAY WALKS – FREE TOUR

Saturday, June 4 and 18

10:00 am-11:00 am

Enjoy free tours of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton or McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda. Brookside Gardens is an award-winning display garden, featuring an abundance of annual and perennial displays throughout the season. McCrillis Gardens is a naturalistic strolling garden, offering shady woodland walks and splashes of color in spring. Highly trained knowledgeable guides offer engaging horticultural tours, focusing on the plants that make each garden unique.
Meet at Visitors Center Entrance

Ages 18 and Up

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

Maryland’s Best ‘Ice Cream Trail’ Passport Challenge Begins

May 20 to Sept. 23ice_cream_cone

Maryland has nine dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream. Together, they make up the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Visit each creamery and get your trail passport stamped before September 23rd and you may be named Maryland’s 2016 Ice Cream Trail Blazer!

No purchase is necessary to participate. Completed passports must be postmarked by Sept. 26.

Learn more about dairy farming at www.dairyspot.com.

http://marylandsbest.net/marylands-best-ice-cream-trail/

 

Woodlawn Visitor Center Opening Celebrations

Saturday, June 11
Noon-4:00 p.m. | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Parkwoodlawn_opening

Free!

Montgomery Parks is excited to open this historic gem to the public. Explore the Stone Barn exhibits where echoes of the past will tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors.

The celebration will include, living history demonstrations, tours, activities for children, food, live music and a special performance featuring the extraordinary music of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African American history and traditions – presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance.

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BROOKSIDE gARDEN’S Summer Concert Series

Every Tuesday in June

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6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens

FREE | All Ages

Join us Tuesday evenings in June for a series of musical performances set in the beauty of the Gardens! Bring your friends and family, and don’t forget your chairs, blankets and picnics (allowed in the Gardens on concert evenings only)

June 7th Crawdaddies-cajun, zydeco and blues band

June 14th Damon Foreman-blues and funk

June 21st Ocho de Bastos-Latin rock

June 28th U-Liners-Americana and roots rock

More Info

 

Kid’s Fishing Day

Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 25
8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. | Both Dates
Saturday, June 11: Lake Needwood Boats
Saturday, June 25: Black Hill Boats $12 | Ages: At least 3, but less than 16Get in on the fishy fun! Free cane pole to the first 25 kids registered, and prizes for the boy or girl who catch the biggest, smallest, and greatest number of fish. We’ll teach the kids how to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water, and pull those fish in. We’ll also talk about the kinds of fish that swim in this lake, what they like to eat, and the best way to catch them. You’ll receive an email if you are one of the first 25 registrants, otherwise bring your pole!
June 11 RegistrationJune 25 Registration

Brookside Garden’s Xperience Speaker Series: Native Bees in Your Garden

Tuesday, June 21Camellia Winters Waterlily with bee

10:00 – 11:30am

Sam Droege, Head of the United States Geological Survey Bee Monitoring Lab. Open your eyes to an entirely new world in yourown backyard. Sam Droege, biologist and macro photographer extraordinaire, collects and photographs the thousands of native bee species that thrive locally and around the nation. These small and often overlooked organisms are incredibly vital to your garden and our local ecosystem; Sam will show you how to welcome them to your property.

Course # 14880

Fee: $15, FOBG: $13; registration required

Visitors Center Auditorium
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902

Phone:  (301) 962-1404

Climb-A-Tree at Fairview Park

Wednesday, June 22
9 a.m.-Noon | Fairview Urban Park | FREE

Come climb a giant tree in Montgomery Parks! Join our arborists as they provide safety gear, assistance and encouragement to help kids put their heads in the clouds and see our parks from a new perspective. Tons of fun and free for all! Let’s see how high you can climb!

Join us at any of the following dates, times and locations for a fun adventure among the trees:

  • Saturday, June 4th, 9am-noon Elm Street Park 4600 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 2081
  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 9am – noon – Fairview Park 8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Wednesday, July 6th , 9am- noon Wall Park 4901 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, MD 2085
More Info

 

July

Climb-A-Tree at Wall Park

Wednesday, July 6
9 a.m.-Noon | Wall Park | FREE

Come climb a giant tree in Montgomery Parks! Join our arborists as they provide safety gear, assistance and encouragement to help kids put their heads in the clouds and see our parks from a new perspective. Tons of fun and free for all! Let’s see how high you can climb!

Join us at any of the following dates, times and locations for a fun adventure among the trees:

  • Saturday, June 4th, 9am-noon Elm Street Park 4600 Elm Street,Bethesda, MD 2081
  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 9am – noon – Fairview Park 8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Wednesday, July 6th , 9am- noon Wall Park 4901 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, MD 2085
More Info

Wings and Wine

Thursday, July 7, 7:00 – 9:00pmwine_wings

What do butterflies do when the sun sets? Find out with exclusive evening access to our Wings of Fancy exhibit! Sample local wines as butterflies and music swirl around you; learn more about the fascinating extended family family of butterflies- Lepidoptera. Finish off the evening by potting up a butterfly container garden to take home.

Course # 14886

Fee (per two people): $60, FOBG:

$54; registration required

Brookside Gardens Conservatory

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902

Phone:  (301) 962-1404

 

FIELD & FIDDLE FEST 2016

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Linden Farm 20900 Martinsburg Road Dickerson, MDfield_n_fiddle_flyer

Help “Preserve the Reserve” and enjoy family fun with music by Smoke n’ Mangos, Justin Trawick & the Common Good, Food by Pizza Brama, Linda’s Luncheonette, 3rd Alarm BBQ, LLC & South Mountain Creamery, Vendors including Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm, Thistle Thickets Farm, Aqua Barrel, Wild Things Bug Spray – to name a few – Silent Auction with goodies by All About Equestrian, REI, Rocklands Farm & Winery, The Blue Hearth, Heritage Montgomery, Yoga Chez Moi, a petting zoo, bean bag & ring toss, screening of award winning student film & so much more!

Montgomery County Farm Tour

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Montgomery County, Maryland celebrates its agricultural heritage, promotes local farms, and provides residents the opportunity to indulge in seasonally fresh food during the Annual Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. The Farm Tour provides people with an opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products. Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for all ages. It’s an educational experience and a great family day outing.

Support our local farmers by visiting local farms and buying fresh produce, vegetables, and even wine! See below for a list of Montgomery County farms in the area. Don’t miss the Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale Saturday–Sunday, July 23 – 24, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Montgomery County Farm Tour is held rain or shine. However, in the event of rain, some events and activities may be delayed or canceled.

Source: http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/MCFarmTour.htm

 Details on the Farm Tour: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/farmtour

Google Map Farm Tour Farm Participant Locater

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyFarmTourAndHarvestSale

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May Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events for May. Events for May include Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, National Public Garden Day at Tudor Place,  Family Archeology Day at Needwood Mansion, World Bonsai Festival, MoCo Spring Fair, Flocks and Farms at Black Hill Visitors Center, and more!

Planning:

  • Set aside a few hours each weekend for attending garden shows and tours. | DC Gardens
  • Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Floral Tea at the Tudor Place in DC!tudor-place-mothers-day
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-maryland
  • Good Gardening Videos.org Launches Today.  April 19, 2016
     A good resource for videos, gardening websites, and books, Good Gardening good_gardening_videos_logo1Videos.org, launched on April 19th with over 300 videos that have been selected for watchability (e.g., no traffic noise) and for gardening advice that’s reliable. Viewers can search for videos by category, by tag, or by browsing the “Latest” and “Most Popular” on the home page. Good Gardening Videos is a nonprofit, ad-free website created by garden writer and teacher Susan Harris, with help from an Advisory Team of scientists and other communicators.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy transplants.
  • Remove last of spring flowers, replacing with transplants or seeds.
  • Fertilize transplants.
  • Plant hardier transplants.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs.
  • Begin hardening off tender transplants.
  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season annuals and tender bulbs (calla lilies, dahlias, gladiolus) in the ground and in containers.
  • The Hosta Garden (Montgomery County Master Gardener Program)
  • Tips on Gardening for Butterflies | Washington Area Butterfly Club
  • Introduction to Herbaceous Perennials (HG20) | University of Maryland Extension
    extension.umd.edu | A short but thorough guide to the basics of perennial gardening.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Poison ivy | University of Maryland Extension | extension.umd.edu · Learn to identify poison ivy and avoid it!

  • Invasive Species of Concern in Maryland – Garlic Mustard | mdinvasivesp.org
  • New! slideshow of 54 top shade plants – A Way To Garden
    A Way To Garden | Got shade? Here are some plants that grow in the shade.tiger_lilies
  • 10 Spring Plants That Are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats
    Vetstreet | Spring plants that could cause serious harm to pets.
  • Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea Macrophylla) will usually survive winter damage and regrow from the roots.
  • 5_5_2013-Native-azalea-'Delaware-Blue'-smallerFeatured Plants – Swamp Azalea ‘Delaware Blue’ | University of Maryland Extension
  • extension.umd.edu · Swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) is a species of deciduous azaleas, and they come into flower at a time when shrub bloom is scarce.
  • Article: When you love lilacs, but they don’t love you back
    Washington Post | Adrian Higgins
  • Pests to watch for: Aphids, spidermites, whiteflies, snails, slugs
  • Diseases to watch for: Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s May Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Plant and transplant shrubs that have finished blooming. Check often and water newly planted and transplanted trees if they don’t pass the “finger test” (stick your finger deep into the soil – dry? Water!)
    • FAQs – Shrubs Spring/Summer | University of Maryland Extension
      extension.umd.edu · Some common questions about shrubs answered
  • If you MUST mulch: Remove old mulch then add 2″ – 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Prune crepe myrtle when you can see what is still alive.
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Pests to watch for: Gypsy moths, sawfly, azalea lacebug, spidermites, leafminers, caterpillars, adelgids, scale, aphids, and borers.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple, hawthorn or quince rust, Verticillium wilt, and Oak leaf blister.
    • Common Problems – Trees and Shrubs: Witches’ Broom – Trees and Shrubs | University of Maryland Extension
      extension.umd.edu · Witches’ brooms are characterized by a proliferation of shoots growing close together. The shoots are usually shorter, stockier, and have an upright but more compact growth habit than normal. Witches’ brooms may be caused by fungal, viral, or mycoplasma-like organisms (MLOs).
  • See HGIC’s May Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.
Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, squash, sweet potato, corn. Sow seeds of: beans, melons, and cucumbers.
  • New fruit plants— keep watered their first spring, summer and fall.
  • extension.umd.edu | Compost is a valuable soil amendment.
  • Pests to watch for: Asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms.
  • mycology.cfans.umn.edu | University of Minnesota. Free download of flash cards to help in identification of fungi in the field, particularly if you are searching for edibles.  These cards are strictly for practice and should always be used in association with a more detailed source.

  • nwf.org | pollinator_challengeJoin the challenge to create a wildlife habitat! Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat®is fun, easy and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife.
  • Gardening Channel | The top performers in any field do things a little- or or a lot- differently than you and I. That’s why they are at the very top of their game.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple rust.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for May from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Mow grass at 3 inches and leave the clippings on the lawn.
  • Fertilize turf only if weak: apply 1 lb N/1000 sqft
  • Calibrate your spreader before fertilizing!
  • Mow zoysia grass at 2 inches.
  • Lawn Weeds: Carpetweed | University of Maryland Extension. Carpetweed is a summer annual broadleaf weed that spreads by seed. Seeds begin to germinate as soils begin to warm in early spring and continue to germinate throughout the growing season.
  • Lawn Disease: Red Thread – Lawns | University of Maryland Extension
    extension.umd.edu · Red thread is a lawn disease that can show up on turf during cool wet weather in the spring and fall.
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s May Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Begin hardening off prior to putting outside in shade for summer.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids, squirrels
  • See HGIC’s May Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Watch for ants , carpenter bees, mining bees, stink bugs, termites, ticks.
  • See HGIC’s May Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, groundhogs, deer, moles, voles, and squirrels
  • Snakes, turtles and toads are all very active now. These are all very beneficial creatures. They are very sensitive to pollutants such as pesticides. Their presence in the landscape is a sign of a healthy environment. To learn more about snakes in Maryland watch our video series (link is external).rabbits
  • humanesociety.org
  • Fun Facts about Bird Nests
    fws.gov | A reminder to be careful about birds’ nests.
  • It’s fawning season! Did you know that female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus fawnviginianus) leave their fawns on their own for hours at a time? Often, when humans find a fawn in natural areas or even in their yard as this homeowner did, they assume that the mother (doe) has abandoned it or has died. The truth is whitetail does leave their fawns alone to protect them.  For questions pertaining to fawns or other wildlife in Montgomery Parks, please visit parksnaturalresources.org or call 301-962-1344.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s May Wildlife tips.

Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC).

May

See below for upcoming local events in May.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!

Additional information on Spring Festivals: Montgomery Parks Announces 2016 Spring Festivals

🌼Save the date for these upcoming Spring events! Events include Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens, National Public Garden Day at Tudor Place,  Family Archeology Day at Needwood Mansion, World Bonsai Festival, MoCo Spring Fair, Flocks and Farms at Black Hill Visitors Center and more!

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, September 25

10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens

$8 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 3-12 | Free ages 0-2wof_butterflies_015

Brookside Gardens is happy to announce the return of its premier Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

Friday – Saturday, May 6-7: National Cathedral Flower Mart.

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Festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal & boutique gifts and, of course, herbs & flowers. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun will celebrate All Hallows’ Guild’s centennial of service to the 59 acres of gardens and grounds around Washington National Cathedral. 10-6 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday. Watch the video!

Friday, May 6: Smithsonian Garden Fest.

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May 6: Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at  Green Spring Gardens. Free gardening discussions, demonstrations or plant giveaways at 11 am and afternoon refreshments.

Friday, May 6: National Public Garden Day at Tudor Place in DC

Enjoy the historic, 5½-acre garden at no charge in honor of National Public Gardens Day! national_public_garden_day_tudor_placeStroll among spring blooms at leisure or join free guided tours. Don’t miss the special Garden Sale — just in time for Mother’s Day — featuring gifts, seeds, and live plants cultivated from heirloom specimens on the estate. Tudor Place is proud to support the American Public Gardens Association by opening our gates on this special day celebrating public gardens’ important role in promoting green spaces, conservation, education, and environmental stewardship.
Garden admission is free, with no registration necessary!

Play the Public Gardens Bingo Game to win prizes!

–from dcgardens.com

  • NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
  • Guided Garden Tour (free) offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Pair your visit with a house tour (at the regular admission price); the day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.
  • We can be reached by bus, Metro, and bicycle — a great time to try Capital Bikeshare!

2016 Family Archaeology Day at Needwood Mansion

Saturday, May 7
10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Needwood Mansion

$10 per person | $20 per family at the event

family_archeology_dayNeedwood Mansion opens its doors to the public for a day of investigating archaeology. Visitors are invited to see and experience what archaeologists do. Watch Park Archaeologists at work on the Needwood Excavation and try your hand at a simulated excavation, while the younger set digs in mock excavation pits.

Join the costumed interpreters in a tour of the 1854 “Sunnyside” house. Visit the Civil War Surgeon Dr. Stonestreet and soldiers encamped in the yard. An introduction to archaeology for all ages, Family Archaeology Day features

  • 19th century Slave Quarters Dig Exhibit
  • Mansion Tours
  • Simulated Archaeology Dig for Children
  • Storytelling, Old-time games, Hands-on Crafts, and Atl-atl tossing

Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day! Visit HistoryintheParks.org for more information.

 

Friday – Sunday, May 13-15: World Bonsai Day Festival at the National Arboretum, with the Potomac Bonsai Association.

See full schedule here.

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MoCo Spring Fair

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Zimmerman-Ace Field
4101 Sandy Spring Rd
Burtonsville, MD 20866
USA

Cost: $29

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Bring your family and celebrate warmer weather
Weekday evenings and all day Saturday in Burtonsville, Maryland.
Wednesday May 18 – 5 PM to 9 PM

Buy Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands.
The BEST in Family-Friendly FUN!
Carnival Rides & Games

Save on Ride Wristbands at MoCoSpringFair.org
Visitors to this site use Coupon Code: EarlyVMCTicketSave40%

 Flocks and Farms at Black Hill Visitors Center

Saturday, May 22

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1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Black Hill Visitors Center

FREE | All Ages

Join the Maryland Bluebird Society and Black Hills Nature Programs for a celebration of the conservation success stories of the Eastern Bluebird and Montgomery County’s very own Agriculture Reserve.

Learn how you can help bluebirds and other cavity-nesters and meet vendors, farmers and organizations based in the Ag Reserve, which was created to benefit both people and wildlife.

We will have hands on activities, games, lectures, exhibits, crafts and more!

More Info

 

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MCT Garden Club April Meeting Topic: Shade Perennials

Hello fellow gardeners, neighbors, and friends!
The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club April meeting is all about planting perennials in the shade.  Quite appropriate, since we all have shade somewhere in our yards.  The program will be presented by Master Gardener, Les Rucker.
Since our meeting date falls on the Maryland voting day, we will be having the meeting at a member’s home – Thanks, Claire!  Please join us to learn more about shade perennials and other gardening tips. Below is the date, time, and location of the next meeting:
  • Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Topic: Shade Perennials
  • Speaker: Les Rucker, Master Gardener
  • Location: Claire Peterson’s home, 7825 Rydal Terrace, Derwood, MD 20855
  • Please RSVP by Monday, April 25th via email @ cspeterson84@gmail.com or call 301-869-4249
  • Hostesses: Claire Peterson, Carol Hyland

Thank You!

mct_watercolor_KaySHello Friends, Neighbors, and Fellow Gardeners,

We would like to thank you for your support for our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Flower Power Spring Fundraiser! Funds raised will help pay for costs to landscape and maintain Mill Creek Towne’s main entrances, and garden-related events for the Derwood community! We couldn’t do it without you!  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland

http://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org

Mill Creek Towne Entrance Illustration by Sue Kay

About the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club:

Established in 1968, the objective of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club is to stimulate and increase knowledge and interest in all facets of gardening among amateurs, establish an active community beautification program and to encourage civic beautification, and foster group activities for the benefit of the members and the community. The garden club also landscapes and maintains the Mill Creek Towne entrances and common areas.