We wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving! We would like to thank you for your support in the past years for our Flower Power Fundraiser and Poinsettia Sales, which helped pay for the costs for landscaping and maintenance of Mill Creek Towne’s main entrances. We also enjoy providing the Derwood community with gardening-related learning opportunities! To offer these services, we pay for use of the Mill Creek Towne Elementary School’s space.
We will not be having a Fall fundraiser this year. Instead, as requested on our recent follow-up survey, we are providing information on how to make donations. We are currently researching options to offer an online payment option where you can pay by either Paypal or credit card. See our website for details on how you can donate below. Stay tuned for information on our next fundraiser for 2017!
To continue providing these programs as well as landscaping and maintenance of the main entrances, we need your support!
*Donations to MCT Garden Club are gratefully accepted*
Currently, we are accepting check payments only. Please check our Donate page for other payment options that will be made available soon including using PayPal and credit cards.
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.
The days are shorter and it is cooler with the leaves changing color, a good time to enjoy hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, and apple pie among other delicious dishes for Thanksgiving! Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events for November. Events include Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations, Greenbriar Local Park Opening, Nocturnal Neighbors, Brookside Garden Open House, Family 5K Forest Fun Walk, and Brookside Garden’s Winter Lights!
Take a break from the holiday stress and enjoy your garden.
Do not place live wreaths or greenery in-between your door and a glass storm door, especially if the doorway if facing south. This placement will “cook” the arrangement on a sunny day.
Turn off outdoor water valve and store hoses.
Collect plant seeds for next year’s planting and for trading.
Store terra cotta pots in a shed or protected areas.
Clean out pots; store non-frost proof containers in garage or basement.
Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools.
Attend a local garden club meeting.
Sign up all your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
Put diseased leaves, pesticide-laden grass clippings and weed seeds out for recycling rather than the compost pile. Check your recycling guidelines.
Save yourself the time and effort of raking, blowing and picking up leaves this fall. Leaves are a very valuable source of organic matter to improve the soil in a lawn and garden. Leaves that fall onto the lawn can be shredded with a lawnmower and left to decompose naturally on the lawn.
Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for this winter.
Vacuum up any ladybugs that come into the house.
Destroy brown marmorated stink bugs in a jar of soapy water.
Switch your deer deterrent spray if you’ve been using the same one for several months. Re-apply after heavy rains. Apply repellents such as “Liquid Fence”, ”Deer-Away”, “Deer-Off”, “Hinder” or “Ro-Pel” to vulnerable plants.
Save the date for these upcoming Fall events! Events include the Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations, Greenbriar Local Park Opening, Nocturnal Neighbors, Brookside Garden Open House, Family 5K Forest Fun Walk, and Brookside Garden’s Winter Lights!
Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations
Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Various times and locations
Join us the weekend of November 4 – 6 to celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county! Hike on the Underground Railroad, tour 1800s log cabins, visit a museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! Park events on Saturday and Sunday are FREE, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public.
You’re invited to a GRAND opening of Greenbriar Local Park! Event activities include:
Guided walk around the new park • Soccer (with Potomac Soccer!) and playground fun and games • Crafts & activities • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream courtesy of Glenstone Museum • Face-painting • Giveaways • Remarks and ribbon-cutting, and more.
P.S. Click on the “More Info” link to see the park’s two amazing playgrounds!
Saturday, November 19
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Wheaton Regional Park
Take a walk on the WILD side! Starting near the train station in Wheaton Regional Park, your family can choose to walk 1, 2 or 3.2 miles along mostly paved, flat trails through the woods and around Pine Lake. The trail is self-guided and families can start and finish walking anytime in the 3 hour time period.