The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club would like to thank Pro Home Services for offering to provide the monthly weeding, mowing, and trash collection at both entrances to the Mill Creek Towne Community for FREE. The owners are residents of Mill Creek Towne and already maintain the areas surrounding the fence at the Shady Grove Road tunnel at Mill Run Drive which is directly in front of their home. They have helped make our entrances inviting for us, our neighbors, and prospective new neighbors. Thank you for your support!
Here is how you can help us continue supporting our community:
To all Mill Creek Towne residents, Pro Home Services will donate 5% of your purchase to the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club. Please mention the ad in the neighborhood directory.
Contact Pro Home Services for your home maintenance needs at 301-330-8597 or email email@example.com.
It’s October, time to enjoy the crisp fall weather and the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more! Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for October. Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival, and more!
Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is predicted to be between September 30 and October 30.
When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
As beds empty, make changes to shape and size of beds.
Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools
Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
Begin planning for fall plantings.
Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.
Flowers and Groundcovers:
Divide and move many perennials.
From mid-October through November, plant hardy bulbs for spring flowering.
Cut foliage of irises to 2″.
After hard frost, sow seeds of spring-blooming hardy annuals and perennials, then mark beds.
Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
Pull out spent summer annuals.
Plant hardy mums and fall season annuals.
Divide and transplant peony and iris perennials.
Divide ornamental grasses.
Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
Diseases to watch for: Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
Source: University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) and the Washington Gardener.
Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club
Hello Friends, Neighbors,
Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances.
We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!
More events are being added regularly. Please check back often!
Save the dates for these upcoming events! Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival, and more!
Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase. There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens. The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round. Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):
September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.
Join us October 8, 2017 for this 10th annual fall tradition. Gorgeous Ag Reserve views on routes from 10-75 miles, farm stops and a gourmet picnic with live music and cider tasting at Kingsbury’s Orchard. New this year is a 10 mile loop suitable for families and novice riders – along with discounts for younger riders.
Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor
900 Wayne Avenue,
Silver Spring, Maryland
Visit the Silver Spring Library, where Montgomery County Master Gardener volunteers will answer questions, offer information, give demonstrations (some with giveaways) on THREE hot urban gardening topics: Fall Cleanup and Composting, Planting for Spring Bulbs and Houseplants: Winter Care.