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June Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s summer and this June there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for June. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Sandy Spring Museum’s Strawberry Festival, Brookside Garden’s Twilight Concert Series, lots of events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Field & Fiddle 2017, Heritage Days, and more!

Planning:

  • 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 plants during your vacation.
  • Plan where fall bulbs will go.
  • Take photos and update your garden  journal.
  • Inspect your garden hose for leaks and tighten all connections.
  • As the heat and humidity move 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.
  • 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. Or visit the main Montgomery County Farmers Market website.
  • 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.
  • Direct-sow annual flower seeds.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Pinch buds of fall-blooming plants (asters, mums, Joe-Pye weed).
  • Prune azaleas directly after blooming.
  • Fertilize your azaleas and rhododendrons and monitor them closely for any lacebug damage.
  • Take cuttings from azaleas and roses to start new plants.
  • Spray roses with Neem oil every two weeks.
  • Start a sunflower patch with help from a few kids.
  • Stake tall plants.
  • Tie-up climbing roses and other wandering vines.
  • Try a few new tropical plants on your patio.
  • Check on your container plants daily and keep them well-watered.

    Blue False Indigo-Baptisia australis
    Baptisia australis
  • Baptisia is a native plant and is deer-resistant. Not only does it have beautiful flowers, but handsome foliage and interesting seedpods in the fall. | HGIC
  • Cut a few flowers to enjoy at your workplace.
  • Fill in bare spots in the garden with annuals.
  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a nice companion plant to ferns and is an excellent nectar plant for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. | HGIC
  • Heliopsis
    Heliopsis helianthoides

    Heliopsis helianthoides is a native perennial which does best in full sun. It blooms from June to August. You can cut the stems back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early June to reduce the height. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming. | HGIC

  • Aphids are common plant feeding insects Low aphid numbers usually do not result in plant damage. However, large aphid populations can cause wilting, yellowing, and curling of leaves. |  Aphids on Ornamental Plants, HGIC
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, 4-lined plant bug, lace bug, spidermites, slugs, snails, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s June Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Transplanting azaleas still is possible.
  • Take soft wood cuttings of plants to propagate.
  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Contact a certified arborist to have your trees’ health inspected.
  • Shape your evergreens and hedges.

    Yellowood (Cladrastis kentukea)
    Yellowwood
  • Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) is medium-sized, deciduous tree with fragrant, white flowers in the spring. It also has nice fall color. | HGIC
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Prune flowering shrubs as their flowers fade. Last chance to do so for fall-blooming camellias.

    Galls
    Galls on Maple leaf
  • If you must mulch: Remove old mulch and then add 2″ to 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Galls may disfigure twigs and foliage, but they do not seriously affect the health of trees and shrubs. Chemical control is usually not recommended. | (photo credit HGIC, UMD)
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well.
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
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    Wintercreeper

    Two new additions to the Maryland Department of Agriculture invasive plant list: Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper), Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle). See https://tinyurl.com/j3lhokr for details.

  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • 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/seed warm season plants.
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potato.
  • Sow beets, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash for fall harvest.
  • New fruit plants – keep watered their first spring, summer, and fall.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Harvest strawberry beds daily.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • Dig up garlic when the tops turn brown. Let dry in the sun, then store.
  • Sow heat-tolerant greens like Swiss Chard and mustard greens in part-shade.
  • This is the perfect time to apply grub control.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and 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:

  • Sharpen your lawnmower blade.
  • Mow in the early evening and cut off no more than one-third of the grass height at one time. Leave clippings on the ground to provide nutrients.UME_Turf_Fertilizer_Recommendations
  • If you have a zoysiagrass lawn, after the spring green-up, starting in June, is the primary time to fertilize if needed. The UMD Extension recommendations for turfgrass fertilization, consistent with the 2011 Maryland fertilizer law, are here: Turfgrass Maintenance Calendars for Maryland Lawns | UMD
  • Crabgrass has germinated. It is now too late to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. Small patches of crabgrass can be controlled during the growing season by pulling it out by hand or applying a post-emergent herbicide as a spot treatment.” | Crabgrass, HGIC
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s June Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Make hummingbird food by boiling two cups of sugar in four cups of water.
  • Be vigilant for mosquito breeding spots—any standing water from a bottle cap to blocked gutters and clean them up immediately.
  • Put out slug traps around your vulnerable edibles and hostas.Tick_season-guide
  • A fact sheet on ticks from the Extension of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: https://grobigred.com/2017/05/18/its-the-season-for-ticks-how-do-you-prevent-them-from-finding-you/
  • See HGIC’s June Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, 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.

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. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

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!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

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!

Save the dates for these upcoming Summer events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Sandy Spring Museum’s Strawberry Festival, Brookside Garden’s Summer Twilight Concert Series, Hometown Habitat: Lecture and Screening at Brookside Gardens,  lots of events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Field & Fiddle 2017, Heritage Days, and more!

Volunteers Needed: Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibitbutterfly-wof-right

Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, April through September. North American, South American and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Ticket Takers and Flight Attendants to help support our staff with running the show.

Click here for more information and to sign up!

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2blue_butterfly

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.

More Info

Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry FestivalSandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10am-5:00pm

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Rd
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

The Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival features live music, pony rides, a climbing wall, beer and wine garden, food truck rally raffels games for the kids and so much more. Come support your community museum this Saturday, June 3rd 10-5. #SSMStrawFest Info at http://www.SandySpringMuseum.org/Strawberry-Festival/

Summer Twilight Concert Series

Tuesdays in June | 6:30 pm – 8 pmbrookside_gardens_summer-concert-series_2017
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
FREE

Join us on the lawn at Brookside Gardens each Tuesday evening 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 or blankets (allowed in the Gardens on concert evenings ONLY). Food trucks will also be available.

June 6: Ocho de Bastos-Latin Rock
June 13: U-Liners-Americana and Bluegrass
June 20: Sandra Dean Band-Classic Rock
June 27: Karen Gray Quintet-Jazz and Swing

This is a rain or shine event.

Brookside Gardens

Hiking Through History

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9:00pm to 11:00pm

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

 

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register                                    

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/hiking-through-history/

Peerless and Rockville Launch Speaker Series

Celebrating Glenview Mansion’s Formal Gardens and Grounds

Thursday, June 8, 2017speakers-series-298x300
7:00pm

Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851

Speaker: Rob Orndorff, horticulturist, City of Rockville

Peerless Rockville and Rockville’s Glenview Mansion have partnered to sponsor a speakers’ series, set to kickoff June 8 with a talk by City of Rockville Horticulturist Rob Orndorff on the mansion’s formal gardens and grounds.

Six events are planned in total, one every two months into 2018. They begin at 7 p.m. at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, and are free to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Following topics include:

  • Aug. 10: “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Revealing Her Life as a Visual Artist.” Roberta Mandrekes, secretary, Fitzgerald Literary Festival.
  • Oct. 12: “The Evolution: From Farms to Community.” John Carter, AIA, architect and planner.
  • Dec. 14: “Rockville: Portrait of a City.” Eileen McGuckain, Rockville historian.
  • Feb. 8, 2018: Film Screening of Community Cornerstone’s “African American Communities in Montgomery County, MD.” Film produced by Heritage Montgomery.
  • April 12, 2018: “Learn the Three B’s: Bee, Beneficials and Blooms.” Marie Rojas, owner of Borders & Butterflies.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/glenview or www.peerlessrockville.org.

 

Speaker Series: Catherine Zimmerman—Hometown Habitat: Lecture and Screening

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902
Phone: (301) 962-1404

FOBG Sponsored Program
(Also Sponsored by Maryland Native Plant Society)

Catherine Zimmerman, documentary filmmaker, author and landscape designer
Fee: FREE; registration required; Visitors Center Auditorium

Learn how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems with author, landscape designer and documentary lmmaker Catherine Zimmerman. Talk will be followed by a screening of her latest documentary, Hometown Habitat, made in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and featuring Doug Tallamy, entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home. Limited seating, reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to register for Course #30718

 

Each hike will feature a different theme and showcase an aspect of the landscape of the Agricultural History Farm Park. Join historians, archaeologists, master gardeners, farmers, and naturalists to discover all the different facets of the 500- acre park. Hikes are for all ages and will involve easy to moderate terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed toed shoes or hiking boots, dress comfortably, and anticipate occasional mud puddles! Please call up to two weeks ahead for specific hike themes. Contact Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services with questions at 301-467-8273.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/hiking-through-history/

Pickin’ on the Porch

Fri. June 23, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

Wind down from the work week with an evening of local acoustic, roots, and bluegrass music on the porch of the historic Farmhouse at the Agricultural History Farm Park! Event includes featured local music artists, open mic, and the opportunity to pull out your own acoustic instrument to play with other talented musicians under the stars. Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a laid back evening in the country.

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/pickin-on-the-porch/

Field & Fiddle fundraising festival to “Preserve the Reserve” is back and better than ever! This year enjoy Rocklands Wine (a portion of the proceeds benefitting MCA) & Waredaca Brew, and eats by 3rd Alarm BBQ & Cipolla Rossa Pizza with locally sourced ingredients! Back by popular demand are Justin Trawick & The Common Good, along with the Amazing Barry Louis Polisar of “Juno” fame, warmed up by Jokgu the Patriotic Chicken and her band The Flockstars! We’ll have incredible equestrian demonstrations, hay rides, “ask a farmer”, and much more! Included in your ticket price is a raffle ticket, non-alcoholic beverages* (*beer, wine, vendor food is extra), games, and the happy feeling of membership in MCA that helps preserve farmland and open space for all!

Contact: Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Phone: 301-461-9831
Email: info@mocoalliance.org
Cost: $10 – $25 based on age see registration link below for detail
Registration   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-fiddle-2017-tickets-32327860501

Heritage Day at the Agricultural History Farm Park

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Agricultural-History-Farm_park_2016_AV_160803_8033261Open at 11:00am

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

 

Tour the turn-of-the-20th century Magruder-Bussard farmstead. Old-fashioned farm demonstrations, hands-on activities for families, games for children.

HistoryintheParks.org

Heritage Days

Saturday – Sunday, June 24–25, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Multiple Locations throughout Montgomery County, MD.

Please join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Heritage Days Weekend! Heritage Days features 40 parks, museums, and historic sites throughout Montgomery County open with FREE admission. Activities for all ages include history exhibits & programs, walking tours, children’s games & crafts, live music, & FUN!heritage_montgomery_logo

This year, many sites are celebrating heritage food traditions with unique cooking demonstrations, presentations by acclaimed chefs, farm & garden displays, and food trucks.

Heritage Days 2017 Brochure/Guide

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May Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

This May there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with this warmer weather!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for May. Events include a Family Archeology Day, Raptor Festival, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Silver Spring Garden Club’s Annual Garden Mart Fundraiser, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference, and more!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Remove and discard dead annuals and old growth on perennials.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy plants.pansies (2)
  • Pinch back mums, salvias, and other late-season bloomers to encourage bushy, not leggy growth.
  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season annuals and tender bulbs (calla lilies, dahlias, gladiolus) in the ground and in containers.
  • After spring bulbs bloom, let leaves turn yellow and die before trimming.
  • Transplant spring flowering bulbs after flowering.
  • Fertilize transplants.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Provide supports for fast-growing perennials such as delphiniums, peonies, and lilies.
  • Start seeds for: Cosmos, Celosia, Impatiens, Petunias, Tall Marigolds, Tall Zinnias
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, slugs, snails, whiteflies
  • 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!)
  • Prune crepe myrtle when you can see what is still alive.
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Prune back forsythia, spirea, and other early-spring blooming shrubs.
  • If you must mulch: Remove old mulch and then add 2″ to 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well.
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, leafminers, scale, sawfly, and spidermites.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple; hawthorn or quince rust, Verticullum wilt, Oak leaf blister
  • See HGIC’s May Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season vegetables (squash, peppers, tomatoes, corn, beans).
  • Do not set out seedlings or tender annuals until after Mother’s Day (traditional last frost-free date for our entire area).
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potato.vegetable_box
  • Sow seeds of: beans, cucumbers, melons, and squash.
  • New fruit plants – keep watered their first spring, summer, and fall.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms, rabbits, deer, woodchucks, and birds.
  • 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:

  • Fertilize Turf ONLY if week: apply 1 lb N/1000 sq ft
  • Calibrate your spreader before fertilizing.
  • Dethatch if necessary and plug aerate BEFORE applying weed control.
  • Mow high to reduce weeds and stress and leave clippings on the lawn: Fescue and Bluegrass: 3″ – 3 1/2″
  • Mow zoysia grass at 2″
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s May Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.flower_pot
  • Begin hardening off prior to putting outside in the shade for summer.
  • Repot larger plants that are going outside for the summer.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, mealybug, scale.
  • See HGIC’s May Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Feed birds and provide nesting material (try dryer lint) as well as houses for the start of their family season.bluebird
  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled and provide a source of water.
  • Check indoors for termites and winter ants.
  • Set out traps for mice, moles, and voles.
  • Be vigilant for mosquito breeding spots—any standing water from a bottle cap to blocked gutters and clean them up immediately.
  • Put out slug traps around your vulnerable edibles and hostas.
  • See HGIC’s May Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • 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) 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. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

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!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

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!

Save the dates for these upcoming Spring events!   Events include a Family Archeology Day, Raptor Festival, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Silver Spring Garden Club’s Annual Garden Mart Fundraiser, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference, and more!

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Saturday, May 6 | Noon – 4 pm
Needwood Mansion, Rock Creek Regional Park
$10 per person or $20 per person

Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day! Montgomery Parks staff will be on hand for tours of  Needwood Mansion, simulated archaeology dig for children, and storytelling. Old-time games and crafts will also round out a family-fun filled day!

More Info

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 26 to Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, Wheaton
$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2blue_butterfly

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.

More Info

Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference

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Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Where: Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland College Park
3972 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Event Type:  Conference

 

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April Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Spring  weather is finally here in April and there are plenty of activities where you can celebrate the season, including Earth Month festivities and Arbor AprilEarthMonth2016Day on Wednesday, April 5th.  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for April. Events include an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt,  Earth Day Festivals, an Earth Day Campfire, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Native Plant Sale, Spring Grow It Eat It Event in Derwood, MD, Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Montgomery County Farms During World War I at the Agricultural History Farm Park, our program on “Garden Critters” by Mary Hagedorn, Montgomery County Master Gardener, on Tuesday, April 25th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting, and more!

Planning:

  • Take an inventory of pots and containers. Clean or replenish potted soil.
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Mark beds outside where new plants will go.
  • Prepare containers for planting.
  • Check out garden centers for discounted house plants.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.BestGardeningVideosCollages27
  • The Very Best Videos that Teach Spring Gardening
    Good Gardening Videos · NEW! The best videos for these 3 big jobs in the spring garden.
  • 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:

  • Gently clean up the garden; add 1 inch of compost.
  • Remove and discard dead annuals and old growth on perennials.
  • Transplant seedlings into individual 3″–4″ pots when crowded. Water when dry to touch.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy transplants. tulips
  • After spring bulbs bloom, let leaves turn yellow and die before trimming.
  • Transplant spring flowering bulbs after flowering.
  • Begin hardening off hardier transplants. Sow seeds outdoors of hardier annuals.
  • Add organic matter to beds.
  • Start seeds for: Cosmos, Celosia, Impatiens, Petunias, Tall Marigolds, Tall Zinnias
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, slugs, snails, deer, squirrels
  • Diseases to watch for:  Botrytis on peonies, Volutella blight on pachysandra.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s April Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Plan to plant a tree for Arbor Day on April 5th.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials; this is a good time to plant evergreens.
  • Prune broken, dead, or diseased branches.
  • Prune azaleas when they finish blooming. Do not fertilize newly planted or transplanted plants the first year.
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well. azaleas
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
  • Prune winter damage on evergreens when new growth begins.
  • Test soil pH on some hydrangeas and adjust: pH 5–5.5 for blue; pH 6–6.5 for pink.
  • Pests to watch for: Eastern tent caterpillar, gypsy moths, scale, sawfly, spidermites, leafminers, caterpillars.
  • Diseases to watch for: Anthracnose, Exobasidium gall on azaleas, Phytophthora, top dieback and root rot on azaleas.
  • See HGIC’s April Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Keep all transplants watered deeply for 2–3 weeks.
  • Harden off cool season transplants. Plant asparagus.
  • Sow seeds of carrots, endive, sunflowers, and lettuce.
  • Do not set out seedlings or tender annuals until after Mother’s Day (traditional last frost-free date for our entire area).
  • Thin seedlings.
  • Direct-sow early, cool-season crops as soon as ground can be worked. Good choices are peas, lettuces, mustards, onion sets, kale, and cabbages.
  • Put up trellises and teepees for peas and beans to climb on.vegetable_garden
  • Build a raised bed for vegetables. Add lots of manure and compost.
  • Protect tender plants by covering them up with some type of cloth material, if an unusually cold day or night is forecast. Be sure to uncover when it warms up.
  • Pests to watch for: rabbits, deer, woodchucks, birds.
  • Diseases to watch for: Damping off of seedlings. Fireblight of pears and apples.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for April from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Dethatch if necessary and plug aerate BEFORE applying weed control.
  • Start lawn seeding. Reseed bare spots or overseed (through early April).
  • Mow high to reduce weeds and stress: Fescue and Bluegrass: 3″ – 3 1/2″
  • Control wild onions in warm season turf with broadleaf weed control.
  • Clean yard of all leaves and other debris.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs, voles
  • See HGIC’s April Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:violet-web

  • Repot larger plants that are going outside for the summer.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Buy an indoor plant to liven up your office space. Try an orchid or African violet.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, mealybug, scale.
  • See HGIC’s April Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Put up bird houses.birdbath
  • Feed birds and provide nesting material (try dryer lint) as well as houses for the start of their family season.
  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled and provide a source of water.
  • Check indoors for termites and winter ants.
  • Set out traps for mice, moles, and voles.
  • See HGIC’s April Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s April Wildlife tips.

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. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

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!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

April

See below for upcoming local events in April.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Spring events!   Events include an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt,  Earth Day Festivals, an Earth Day Campfire, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy, Native Plant Sale, Spring Grow It Eat It Event, Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Montgomery County Farms During World War I at the Agricultural History Farm Park, our program on “Garden Critters” by Mary Hagedorn, Montgomery County Master Gardener, on Tuesday, April 25th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting, and more!

 

Egg Hunt

Friday, April 7 | Hunts begin at 10 a.m.
Meadowside Nature Center, RockvilleEasterHunt
$8

Search for real eggs in our meadow, then dye and decorate the eggs you find. Enjoy other spring-themed activities throughout the event as well. Fun for the entire family! Don’t forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs. Reservations are required (we want to be sure we have enough eggs for all!)

Register

 

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Garden Critters

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
garden-critters7:30 p.m.

Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
Teacher’s Lounge
17700 Park Mill Drive
Derwood, MD 20855

Please plan to join us for a program on “Garden Critters” at our upcoming April meeting where we will learn about garden critters from Mary Hagedorn, Montgomery County Master Gardener.

For questions or to RSVP, contact us at info@mctgardenclub.org.

Native Plant Sale

Friday, April 28 | 3pm – 7pm
Saturday, April 29 | 10am – 3pm

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Black-Eyed Susan

Sunday, April 30 | 1pm – 3pm
Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, Maryland 20841

FREE

Shop ’til you drop for nursery-propagated native wildflowers for your yard and garden, many of which are nectar and host plants for butterflies. The sale is offered by the Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs (FOBH), and all proceeds are donated to Black Hill Nature Programs. Are you a Friend? If so, then you’re in luck! There’s a FOBH Members Only preview sale on Thursday April 28 from 5 – 7 pm. Visit our website to view the plant list and download the application to become a Friend. No registration required. The site of the sale is at the fenced area across from the Black Hill Park Office; look for the sign.

Register                  

Spring Grow It Eat It Event

Saturday, April 29th

Montgomery County Extension (Agricultural History Farm Park)
18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood MD 20855growiteatit_April2017

The Grow It Eat It Spring Event is April 29! There are activities for adults and children. Master Gardener consultants will be answer your gardening questions at our plant clinic. Attend our event classes, workshops*, and children’s programs*.

Event Classes/Workshops:

Flyers:
Grow It Eat It Spring Event
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts
Discovery Program

May

Family Archaeology Day

Saturday, May 6 | Noon – 4 pm
Needwood Mansion, Rock Creek Regional Park
$10 per person or $20 per person

Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day! Montgomery Parks staff will be on hand for tours of Needwood Mansion, simulated archaeology dig for children, and storytelling. Old-time games and crafts will also round out a family-fun filled day!

More Info

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March Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

March is Orchid Month and there are plenty of activities in the area where you can visit and learn about Orchids!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for March. Events include St. Patrick’s Day Green and Growing Scavenger Hunt, Philadelphia Flower Show, Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale, an Orchid Care program on Tuesday, March 28th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting, and more!

Planning:

  • Mark beds outside where new plants will go.
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • 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:

  • Do not work soil when too wet.
  • Remove and discard dead annuals and old growth on perennials.
  • Add organic matter to beds.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Weed by hand to avoid disturbing newly forming roots.daffodils
  • Start seeds for: Cosmos, Celosia, Impatiens, Petunias, Tall Marigolds, Tall Zinnias
  • If you started seeds last month, thin them and start the hardening-off process.
  • Cut your Daffodils for indoor bouquets, but do not combine with other flowers in a vase. They give off a toxic substance that may kill your other blooms prematurely.
  • Plant and prune roses.
  • Buy or check on your stored summer bulbs (such as dahlias and caladiums). Pot them and start to water, if you want to give them an early start in the season.
  • Mulch bare areas.
  • Water transplants if weather is dry.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, slugs, snails, deer, squirrels
  • Diseases to watch for:  Damping off of seedlings.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s March Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune broken, dead, or diseased branches.
  • Plan to plant a tree for Arbor Day on April 5th.20150412_155828
  • Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs before new growth.
  • Prune out Eastern tent caterpillar egg masses.
  • Prune summer-flowering trees, except crepe myrtle.
  • Prune butterfly bush to 8″–10″.
  • Rejuvenate prune hollies.
  • Fertilize plants not getting ready to bloom if needed.
  • Cut some branches (forsythia, quince, bittersweet, redbud, willow, etc.) for forcing into bloom and enjoying indoors.
  • Test soil pH on some hydrangeas and adjust: pH 5–5.5 for blue; pH 6–6.5 for pink.
  • Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry and ground is not frozen.
  • Pests to watch for: Eastern tent caterpillar.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight Phomopsis on new growth of juniper, Cytospora canker on Spruce.
  • See HGIC’s March Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Turn under cover crop when soil has warmed enough and is not too wet.
  • Fertilize established asparagus, tree, bramble fruits, and strawberries.
  • Prune grapevines.
  • Plant potatoes.
  • Start seeds for tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers inside.Herb_garden_Kent_Phillips-498x292
  • Nearly all herbs can be grown from seeds. See this article for how to grow and care for herbs. Herbs – General Culture and Care/Sowing Herb Seeds
  • Put up trellises and teepees for peas and beans to climb on.
  • Build a raised bed for vegetables. Add lots of manure and compost.
  • Direct-sow early, cool-season crops as soon as ground can be worked. Good choices are peas, lettuces, mustards, onion sets, kale, and cabbages.
  • Protect tender plants by covering them up with some type of cloth material, if an unusually cold day or night is forecast. Be sure to uncover when it warms up.
  • Pests to watch for: rabbits, deer, woodchucks, birds.
  • Diseases to watch for: Damping off of seedlings. Fireblight of pears and apples.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for March from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Dethatch if necessary and plug aerate BEFORE applying weed control.
  • To control crab grass and/or broadleaf weed, apply pre-emergent herbicide to lawn (when forsythia blooms drop).
  • Test soil if you haven’t already. Add lime, compost, etc. as needed.
  • Start lawn seeding. Reseed bare spots or overseed (through early April).
  • Clean yard of all leaves and other debris.20151121_150638
  • Cut perennials and over-wintering ornamental grasses to 2 inches above ground.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs, voles
  • See HGIC’s March Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Repot larger plants that are going outside for the summer.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Buy an indoor plant to liven up your office space. Try an orchid or African violet.orchids
  • Remove old leaves and damaged stems.
  • Mist indoor plants and set up a humidifier or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Continue to rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, mealybug, scale.
  • See HGIC’s March Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Feed birds and provide nesting material (try dryer lint) as well as houses for the start of their family season.
  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled and provide a source of water.
  • Check indoors for termites and winter ants.raccoon_on_snow
  • Set out traps for mice, moles, and voles.
  • See HGIC’s March Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: carpenter ants, flies, stink bugs, termites, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s March Wildlife tips.

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. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

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!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

March

See below for upcoming local events in March.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Spring events!   Events include St. Patrick’s Day Green and Growing Scavenger Hunt, Philadelphia Flower Show, Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale, an Orchid Care program on Tuesday, March 28th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting, and more!

 

Philadelphia Flower Show

Tuesday, March 14 / 8:00am – 8:00pm ORholland_philadelphia_flower_show
Thursday, March 16 / 10:00am – 10:00pm

Cost: $90, FOBG: $90

A perennial favorite, the Philadelphia International Flower Show is always a crowd-pleaser. Join us for HOLLAND: Flowering the World – From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands. Fee includes coach transportation and entrance fee. Your lunch/dinner may be purchased at the show or the nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th
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Brookside Gardens Visitors Center
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902

The annual weekend-long Friends of Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale will be held at the Visitors CenterBrookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD on Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, March 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Orchid Care

Tuesday, March 28, 201720160313_142035
7:30 p.m.

Please plan to join us for a program on orchid care at our upcoming March meeting where we will learn about Orchid Care from Steve Robinson, Master Gardener.

Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
Teacher’s Lounge
17700 Park Mill Drive
Derwood, MD 20855

For questions or to RSVP, contact us at info@mctgardenclub.org.

April

Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 23 | Noon – 4pm
Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonearth day

Our planet is priceless! Come to Brookside to celebrate our world, and learn ways to keep it healthy. Join us in the morning for a volunteer project in the gardens. The afternoon offers something for everyone: a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, family activities, tours of the Gardens, live music with the band Nature Jams, and more. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

Native Plant Sale

Friday, April 28 | 3pm – 7pm
Saturday, April 29 | 10am – 3pm

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Black-Eyed Susan

Sunday, April 30 | 1pm – 3pm
Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, Maryland 20841

FREE

Shop ’til you drop for nursery-propagated native wildflowers for your yard and garden, many of which are nectar and host plants for butterflies. The sale is offered by the Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs (FOBH), and all proceeds are donated to Black Hill Nature Programs. Are you a Friend? If so, then you’re in luck! There’s a FOBH Members Only preview sale on Thursday April 28 from 5 – 7 pm. Visit our website to view the plant list and download the application to become a Friend. No registration required. The site of the sale is at the fenced area across from the Black Hill Park Office; look for the sign.

Register                  

Spring Grow It Eat It Event

Saturday, April 29th

Montgomery County Extension (Agricultural History Farm Park)
18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood MD 20855growiteatit_April2017

The Grow It Eat It Spring Event is April 29! There are activities for adults and children. Master Gardener consultants will be answer your gardening questions at our plant clinic. Attend our event classes, workshops*, and children’s programs*.

Event Classes/Workshops:

Flyers:
Grow It Eat It Spring Event
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts
Discovery Program

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February Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Now that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, it is time to start planning for the Spring! Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for February. Events include Maple Sugaring Days, Dealing with Deer and Other Mammals and Pests in Your Garden, a Plant Clinic at Brookside Gardens, Go Green CSA Talk at the Kentlands , Green Matters Symposium, Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference in Derwood MD, an Art Night program on Tuesday, February 28th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting,  and more!

Planning:

  • Select and order fruit plants.
  • Decide on new tree/shrub locations.seed packets with border
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Pick up new gardening books and magazines for inspiration.
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Clean, sharpen, oil, and replace tools as needed.
  • Clean and organize the garden shed.
  • Build garden furniture.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • 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:

  • Hardy spring bulbs begin to emerge (crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, and tulips).
  • Deadhead pansies.
  • Pull out ornamental cabbages and kale.
  • Lightly fertilize bulbs when green starts to show.

    crocus flower
    crocus
  • Transplant seedlings into individual 3″ – 4″ pots when crowded. Fertilize transplants with half strength houseplant fertilizer (every 2 weeks).
  • Start seeds for: Portulaca (2nd week); Flowering Tobacco (3rd week); Ageratum, China Aster, Cleome, Dwarf Marigolds, Salvia, Tall Snapdragons, Verbana (4th week).
  • Prune roses.
  • Divide overgrown or crowded perennials such as daylily and Shasta daisy.
  • Clear perennial beds of any dead plant parts and debris.
  • Walk your yard to check plants and bulbs for heaving and place them back into the ground. Cover with more mulch to prevent further heaving.
  • Mulch bare areas.
  • Water transplants if weather is dry.
  • Provide some special protection to tender and early flowering plants like Camellias.
  • Plant the bulbs you forgot to plant last fall!
  • Start seeds for Petunia, Dwarf Snapdragons. Check daily for moisture.
  • Avoid walking in frozen planting beds.
  • Pests to watch for: Squirrels, Deer
  • Diseases to watch for:  Damping off of seedlings.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s February Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune broken, dead, or diseased branches.
  • Prune maples, dogwoods, birch, elm, walnut, and yellowwood to prevent “bleeding”.
  • Rejuvenate holly bushes and boxwood with a hard pruning.evergreen
  • Cut some branches (forsythia, quince, bittersweet, redbud, willow, etc.) for forcing indoors.
  • Spray with dormant oil to decrease pest infestations.
  • Plant or transplant trees or shrubs, including berries, roses, and evergreens.
  • Remove dead and dying trees.
  • Root prune trees and shrubs to be transplanted next year.
  • Apply scale and dormant oil treatment to evergreens.
  • Begin pruning of summer flowering shrubs.
  • Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry and ground is not frozen.
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs, and evergreens.
  • Gently remove layers of snow from outdoor evergreens with a broom.
  • Keep an eye open for bark damage from rabbits and deer.
  • Spray broadleaf evergreens with anti-dessicant and prevent dehydration.
  • Pests to watch for: Deer, rabbits, scale, vole.
  • Diseases to watch for: Botryophaeria canker, Black knot on Prunus
  • See HGIC’s February Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Start seedlings indoors under grow lights (peppers, artichokes, onions, beets, turnips, cabbage, kale, and leeks).
  • Sow greens indoors or outdoors in cold frame.growing seeds photo
  • Do an annual soil test and amend soils as recommended.
  • Put up trellises and teepees for peas and beans to climb on.
  • Direct-sow early, cool-season crops as soon as ground can be worked. Good choices are peas, lettuces, mustards, onion sets, kale, and cabbages.
  • Protect tender plants by covering them up with some type of cloth material, if an unusually cold day or night is forecast. Be sure to uncover when it warms up.
  • Apply dormant oil to fruit trees.
  • Start seeds for: Cabbage, chives, fennel, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Begin successive plantings of peas using inoculant.
  • Keep ice-melting chemicals away from garden beds. Use coarse sand instead.
  • Pests to watch for: Fruit flies, Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Damping off of seedlings.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for February from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Start lawn seeding. Reseed bare spots or overseed (through early April).
  • Clean yard of all leaves and other debris.
  • Trim ornamental grasses such as liriope, mondo, and pampas.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Check and tune-up power equipment (mowers and trimmers).
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.keep_calm_compost
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Start or turn your compost pile.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs, voles
  • See HGIC’s February Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Begin to pot up rooted cuttings. Fertilize with half strength houseplant fertilizer every other watering.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.violet-web
  • Check houseplants, and any plants you brought indoors for the winter, for insects.
  • Dust your house plants with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms this February by potting them up, watering thoroughly, and placing them in your vegetable crisper for about 10 weeks.
  • Remove old leaves and damaged stems.
  • Mist indoor plants and set up a humidifier or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Continue to rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale.
  • See HGIC’s February Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Put suet out for birds.bluebird
  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled and provide a source of water.
  • Check indoors for termites and winter ants.
  • Destroy brown marmorated stink bugs in a jar of soapy water.
  • See HGIC’s February Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles, flies.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s February Wildlife tips.

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. donate-today-button

https://www.mctgardenclub.org/donations/

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!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland
https://www.mctgardenclub.org | info@mctgardenclub.org | Like us on Facebook

 February

See below for upcoming local events in January.
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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Winter events!   Events include Maple Sugaring Days, Dealing with Deer and Other Mammals and Pests in Your Garden, Go Green CSA Talk at the Kentlands , a Plant Clinic at Brookside Gardens, Green Matters Symposium, Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference in Derwood MD, an Art Night program on Tuesday, February 28th at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting, and more!

Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher, Washington Gardener Magazine Bambi may be cute, but he and the rest of the herd are very hungry and would love to make a feast of your garden. Learn some proven and humane tactics to keep your edible and ornamental gardens safe from deer, rabbits, rats, groundhogs, and other warm-blooded creatures. FOBG $20

Intended for ages 18 and up

Go Green CSA Talk at the Kentlands

Thursday, February 16, 2017CSA photo
7:00 pm

Kentlands Clubhouse
485 Tschiffely Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878

Learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in Montgomery County and how to sign up for fresh produce that is delivered to set dropoff points from local farms

What are CSA’s? What are the benefits to using a CSA? How do you find one? How does it work? Come to a talk given by Caroline Taylor, Executive Director of Montgomery County Alliance about CSA’s in Montgomery County.

Look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Email alex@zeineddins.com or jenniferreneeallen@gmail.com

Kentlands Foundation GO GREEN Co-chairs

Montgomery County Master Gardeners Plant Clinics at Brookside Gardens

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00pmbrookside_plant_clinics
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Brookside Gardens
Visitors Center
1800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Got gardening questions? The Saturday and Sunday plant clinics at Brookside Gardens Visitors’ Center will open on the weekend of February 18th and 19th. The Saturday clinic will be open from 10:00 – 1:00 and the Sunday clinic will be open from 1:00 – 4:00.

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Art Night

Tuesday, February 28, 2017art_night
7:30 p.m.

Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
Art Room
17700 Park Mill Drive
Derwood, MD 20855

Speaker: Claire Peterson
Topic:  Art Night
Hostesses: Betty Laffan and Sue Kay
  
Join us for a special art night as Claire Peterson shows us how to make your own creation to give as a gift or keep as your own keepsake!  Please note that we will be meeting in the Art room this month so we won’t have to worry about any spills.
Please RSVP so we can let you know what supplies are needed for this event.

March

Philadelphia Flower Show

Tuesday, March 14 / 8:00am – 8:00pm ORholland_philadelphia_flower_show
Thursday, March 16 / 10:00am – 10:00pm

Cost: $90, FOBG: $90

A perennial favorite, the Philadelphia International Flower Show is always a crowd-pleaser. Join us for HOLLAND: Flowering the World – From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands. Fee includes coach transportation and entrance fee. Your lunch/dinner may be purchased at the show or the nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th
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Brookside Gardens Visitors Center
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, US 20902

The annual weekend-long Friends of Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale will be held at the Visitors CenterBrookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD on Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, March 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/
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January Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Happy New Year!  Hope you enjoyed the holidays! Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for January. Events include a Rock Gardening class, Farm Transition Workshop-Derwood, 12th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges, Master Naturalist Training, Future Harvest – A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 2017 Conference, early registration is open for the Spring Gardening Conference in Derwood MD, a “Healing Herbs” program on Tuesday, January 24th featuring Heather Whirley, Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Vice President and Master Gardener at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting,  and more!

Planning:

  • Evaluate the gardening year, and make notes of desired changes.
  • Decide where your plants from seed are going in your garden.
  • Start to browse seed catalogs and dream. If a street tree is wanted, pick one under 20-30 feet if you have overhead power lines.
  • Start organizing your incoming garden catalogs.
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Sharpen and replace tools as needed.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s areaseed-starting_video home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland
  • Try some self-paced videos to learn about seed-starting. NEW! Guide to Videos about Seed-Starting contains 12 videos selected by an expert. https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos-about-seed-starting/

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Water transplants if weather is dry.
  • Provide some special protection to tender and early flowering plants like Camellias.
  • Plant the bulbs you forgot to plant last fall!
  • Start seeds for Petunia, Dwarf Snapdragons. Check daily for moisture.
  • Avoid walking in frozen planting beds.
  • Pests to watch for: Squirrels, Deer
  • Diseases to watch for:  Damping off of seedlings.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s January Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Gather holiday greens. Some, like holly and boxwood, benefit from being pruned by growing thicker.
  • Prune maples, dogwoods, birch, elm, walnut, and yellowwood to prevent “bleeding”.
  • Prune damaged branches.evergreens
  • Cut a few branches of flowering shrubs to force into bloom inside.
  • Use the branches from your Christmas tree as bedding mulch or as a windbreak.
  • Remove dead and dying trees.
  • Stake newly planted large trees or shrubs to protect them from winter winds.
  • Root prune trees and shrubs to be transplanted next year.
  • Apply scale and dormant oil treatment to evergreens.
  • For care of holiday plants and trees, see “Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs” publication for details.
  • Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry and ground is not frozen.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage Malus and Pyrus when very cold.
  • Gently remove layers of snow from outdoor evergreens with a broom.
  • Check the plants under tall evergreens and under the eaves of the house to see that they have sufficient moisture.
  • Remove and destroy gypsy moth egg masses.
  • Remove bagworm bags.
  • Prune maples, dogwoods, birch, elm, and walnut—if needed.
  • Keep an eye open for bark damage from rabbits and deer.
  • Spray broadleaf evergreens with anti-dessicant and prevent dehydration.
  • Use branches from your Christmas tree as bedding mulch or as a windbreak.
  • Pests to watch for: Deer, Rabbits, Vole.
  • Diseases to watch for: Phomopsis and Kabatina of Juniper, Diplodia tip blight of 2 and 3 needled pines.
  • See HGIC’s January Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Prune out Fireblight damage on apples and pears when very cold.
  • Prune dead bramble canes.
  • Cover strawberry beds with straw or pine needles.healing_herbs
  • Cover garlic plants with straw or leaf mulch.
  • Vent cold frames on sunny days.
  • Spread ashes from wood fires on your vegetable beds.
  • Prune stone fruit trees like cherries, plums, and peaches.
  • Pests to watch for: Fruit flies, Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for January from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s January Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Change water in cuttings started last fall and add 2–3 pieces of fish tank charcoal.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy cuttings and plants that are overwintering. No fertilizing yet. Maintain moisture in pots wintering indoors, but do not over water!
  • Keep watering your poinsettias and give them plenty of light. Ensure they are away from drafts and that the pots drain freely.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Check houseplants, and any plants you brought indoors for the winter, for insects.
  • Check any tropical or summer blooming bulbs, tubers, and bare root plants in storage for rot or desiccation.
  • Keep succulents and cacti on the dry side.
  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms this January by potting them up, watering thoroughly, and placing them in your vegetable crisper for about 10 weeks.calanchoe
  • Start new indoor plants from cuttings—try an easy one such as violets.
  • Great guide to houseplant care from New York Botanical Garden: light, water, temperature, soil, feeding, and more. | http://libguides.nybg.org/houseplantbasics
  • Start to fertilize with half strength houseplant fertilizer (every 2 weeks).
  • Remove old leaves and damaged stems.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Continue to rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Pot up Paper Whites and Amaryllis for holiday blooming.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids,  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s January Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled.
  • Destroy brown marmorated stink bugs in a jar of soapy water.raccoon_on_snow
  • 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.
  • See HGIC’s January Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles, flies.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s January Wildlife tips.

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

January

See below for upcoming local events in January.
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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Winter events!   Events include a Rock Gardening class, Farm Transition Workshop-Derwood, 12th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges, Master Naturalist Training, Future Harvest – A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 2017 Conference, early registration is open for the Spring Gardening Conference in Derwood MD, a “Healing Herbs” program on Tuesday, January 24th featuring Heather Whirley, Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Vice President and Master Gardener at our Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s meeting,  and more!

Future Harvest – A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 2017 Conference

Thursday, January 12 – Saturday, January 14, 2017futureharvest2017conference

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center,
3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20873

Come join 650+ farmers, chefs, advocates, and foodies for 3 days of learning, networking, and good food at our 17th annual conference!

Registration info:
Early Bird Rates Extended to January 5, 2017!
*NEW!* We are now offering a one-day ticket option for those of you that can only attend a single day.
https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/conference/registration-0

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Saturday, January 14rock_garden_lecture
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Conservatory Classroom
United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333

FREE: Pre-registration required

Joseph Tychoneivich, Author and Plantsman
In researching his new book, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style, Joseph traveled all over the U.S. and U.K. visiting and photographing rock gardens. Join Joseph as he shares some of his favorite images, ideas, and plants from his travels as he gets you excited and thinking in new directions about your own rock garden! Please note: This program is being offered in conjunction with the Potomac Valley Chapter of the National Rock Garden Society.

Farm Transition Workshop-Derwood

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
9:00am to 2:00pm

Montgomery County UME Officeagnr-h50
18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

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Event Type: Class/Workshop

FARM TRANSITION WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN DERWOOD College Park, MD.  Derwood will be one of several workshop locations in a series of one-day workshops to be held throughout Maryland this fall and winter for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful farm transition.

The Basics of Farm Transitions and Estate Planning will be held January 18th at the Montgomery County UME office in Derwood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sessions will cover business and personal goal-setting, financial analysis, human resources, family communications, estate planning, estate taxes and retirement planning.

“Research tells us that fewer than one-third of family businesses survive the transfer from one generation to the next,” said Paul Goeringer, extension legal specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “These workshops will help farmers keep their families farming together.” This workshop is hosted by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and University of Maryland Extension.

The cost to attend is $10 per person which includes lunch and all materials. To register contact the Montgomery County Office at (301) 590-9638.

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Healing Herbs

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
7:30 p.m.


Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
17700 Park Mill Dr, Derwood, MD 20855

Please plan to join us for a program on healing herbs at our upcoming January meeting presented by Heather Whirley, Master Gardener and our Vice President of Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! As always, guests from Mill Creek Towne AND the surrounding Derwood communities are welcome. Using herbs for healing is shrouded in mystery, going back centuries. Heather will highlight 15 herbs that can be grown in our area, with unique scientific properties that can aid in preventative medicine for healing herbs2overall health. This interactive meeting will include live and dried samples to smell and touch.

Date:  January 24, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Mill Creek Towne Elementary School Teacher’s Lounge
Speaker:  Heather Whirley
Topic: Healing Herbs

 

 

12th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges

Saturday, January 28, 2017washington_gardener_logo
12:30–4:00PM
Brookside Gardens
11800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
Overview
Washington Gardener magazine, the publication for DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is hosting the 12th annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange at Brookside Gardens and Green Spring Gardens. These seed swaps are in-person and face-to-face. You bring your extra seeds and swap them with other gardeners. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert planting advice.seed-ex-brookside-1-30-2016-051

Join us for:

  • Seed Swapping
  • Door Prizes
  • Planting Tips
  • Expert Speakers
  • Goody Bags
NEW This Year:
Make-it Take-It Seed Crafting Table
(Foul weather that day? Call 240.603.1461, for updates about possible snow/ice delay.)
How to Register
Registration fee is $20 per person. Friends of Brookside members, Friends of Green Spring members, and current Washington Gardener subscribers receive a discount rate of $15 per person. We strongly urge you to register in advance. There is a limited enrollment of 100 participants at each location!

You need a night out every once in a while, but what to do? Whether it’s with a friend, sibling, or sweetheart, let Brookside take care of the details! Each fee covers the cost of two people. 21 and up. FOBH $55 Brookside Gardens Staff…we want to celebrate Valentine’s with you! Come relax and savor pairings of luscious wine and chocolate, while you hone your flower arranging skills by making two nosegays-one for yourself and one for your guest. Fee includes all refreshments, expert flower arranging instruction, and materials to make two nosegays. Intended for ages 21 and up

Registration Info

March

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19thbrookside_gardens_march_2017_orchid_show

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

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The annual weekend-long Friends of Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale will be held at the Visitors CenterBrookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD on Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, March 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
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December Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Happy Holidays! It’s time to enjoy the winter holidays with friends and family and there are plenty of festivities for this holiday to enjoy!  Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events for December. Events include Brookside Garden’s of Lights, Pop Up in Montgomery Parks, Eagle Watching at Conowingo Dam, 2016 Winter Ice Show – Wheaton Ice Arena, Meadowside Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Campfire, Celebrate the Winter on the Solstice at Brookside Gardens, Master Naturalist Training, and more!

Planning:

  • Pick a budding gardener on your gift list to give some inspirational garden books and magazines; then watch them blossom.
  • Read the Washington Gardener’s “washington_gardener_logoTop 10 New Books for Gardeners” to find the perfect gift for gardeners! | Washington Gardener Magazine
  • Evaluate the gardening year, and make notes of desired changes.
  • Start reading those seed catalogs!
  • Start organizing your incoming garden catalogs.
  • 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.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools. Read this University of Illinois article on “Winterizing Your Garden Tools” for tips. | by Sandra Mason, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/021116.html
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Sign up all your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
  • 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
  • Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden and come explore more than 50 national parks and seasons_greenings_-_national_parks_and_historic_sites_u_s__botanic_garden-300x232historic sites made from plants and natural materials in our holiday show “Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Sites” with trains, decorated trees, poinsettias, and so much more! See link below for details and videos.

    Nov. 24 – Jan. 2, 2017, 10:00-5:00 daily, free
    www.USBG.gov/SeasonsGreenings

  • Become a Master Gardener!  Montgomery County residents interested in learningMontgomery County Master Gardeners logo environmentally sound gardening practices and sharing the information with others can apply now to join the 2017 Montgomery County Master Gardener volunteer training program. The course begins January 24, 2017, and continues through March 10, 2017 (depending on possible snow days). Classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County office, located at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, MD. The training fee is $325 and includes a training manual and other materialsApplication Deadline: Friday, December 30, 2016. For details, please visit: https://umd.app.box.com/v/2017MGTrainingMoCo
  • Spring Conference | University of Maryland Extensionspring_master_gardeners_conference_2017
    Save the date! Next year’s  Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference is scheduled for February 25, 2017. The conference will be held at University of Maryland Extension Montgomery County Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD, at the Agricultural History Farm Park. Registration opens in January. For details, please visit: https://www.extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/spring-miniconference

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Water transplants if weather is dry.
  • Last chance to plant bulbs or, if you have waited until the ground is frozen, pot them up for forcing indoors.
  • Provide some special protection to tender and early flowering plants like Camellias.
  • Avoid walking in frozen planting beds.
  • Pests to watch for: Squirrels, Deer
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s December Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Moderately prune evergreens, especially hollies, for indoor decorating.
  • Gather holiday greens. Some, like holly and boxwood, benefit from being pruned by growing thicker.
  • Stake newly planted large trees or shrubs to protect them from winter winds.
  • Apply scale and dormant oil treatment to evergreens.
  • For care of holiday plants and trees, see “Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs” publication for details.
  • Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry and ground is not frozen.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage Malus and Pyrus when very cold.
  • Gently remove layers of snow from outdoor evergreens with a broom.
  • Check the plants under tall evergreens and under the eaves of the house to see that they have sufficient moisture.
  • Remove and destroy gypsy moth egg masses.
  • Prune maples, dogwoods, birch, elm, and walnut—if needed.
  • Keep an eye open for bark damage from rabbits and deer.
  • Spray broadleaf evergreens with anti-dessicant and prevent dehydration.
  • Use branches from your Christmas tree as bedding mulch or as a windbreak.
  • Pests to watch for: Deer, Rabbits, Vole.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew.
  • See HGIC’s December Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Prune out Fireblight damage on apples and pears when very cold.
  • Cover strawberry beds with straw or pine needles.
  • Vent cold frames on sunny days.
  • Spread ashes from wood fires on your vegetable beds.
  • Prune stone fruit trees like cherries, plums, and peaches.
  • Pests to watch for: Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew, fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for December from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Read the Home and Garden Information Center’s (HGIC) “Compost publication” to learn why compost is the lifeblood of the garden”  with tips and videos for details on composting. | https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/compost
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s December Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy cuttings and plants that are overwintering. No fertilizing yet.
  • Keep watering your poinsettias and give them plenty of light. Ensure they are away from drafts and that the pots drain freely.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Check houseplants, and any plants you brought indoors for the winter, for insects.
  • Check any tropical or summer blooming bulbs, tubers, and bare root plants in storage for rot or desiccation.
  • Keep succulents and cacti on the dry side.
  • Water your cut Christmas tree daily.
  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms this January by potting them up, watering thoroughly, and placing them in your vegetable crisper for about 10 weeks.
  • Start new indoor plants from cuttings—try an easy one such as violets.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except Cyclamen).
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Continue to rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Pot up Paper Whites and Amaryllis for holiday blooming.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettia for holiday blooming, see HGIC’s Christmas Cacti Guide and Poinsettia Care Guide.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids,  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s December Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Feed birds and provide them with a fresh water source.
  • 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 squirrelmonths. Re-apply after heavy rains. Apply repellents such as “Liquid Fence”, ”Deer-Away”, “Deer-Off”, “Hinder” or “Ro-Pel” to vulnerable plants.
  • See HGIC’s December 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 December Wildlife tips.

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

December

See below for upcoming local events in December.
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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Winter events! Events include the Brookside Garden’s of Lights, Pop Up in Montgomery Parks, Eagle Watching at Conowingo Dam, 2016 Winter Ice Show – Wheaton Ice Arena, Meadowside Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Campfire, Celebrate the Winter on the Solstice at Brookside Gardens, and Master Naturalist Training!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club!

Dear Neighbors,
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.

See our 2016-2017 Program Flyer for more details on our upcoming programs! Upcoming events include:

  • Healing Herbs
  • Orchids
  • and more!

We will 2016 MCTGC Program Mastheadnot 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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Donations to MCT Garden Club are gratefully accepted*donate-today-button

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.

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland

https://www.mctgardenclub.org

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November Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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!

Planning:

  • 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.
  • Ask a Master Gardener a question.  Have a question? We have experts with Montgomery County Master Gardeners logoanswers. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening. Please choose your county and enter as much relevant detail about your question as possible. We will do our best to respond to your question within two business days.  https://extension.umd.edu/ask
  • 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:

  • Clean out and store containers.
  • Cut back perennials that have turned to mush. Leave others with seed heads for birds.
  • Continue to divide and transplant perennials.
  • Deadhead spent mums and plant them (if still in pots).
  • Bulb foliage already starting to surface? Don’t fret. It is normal and will not affect next year’s blooms.
  • Prune and mulch hybrid tea roses.
  • Plant hardy bulbs for spring flowering.
  • Protect Bulbs from Pests: Use Steel Wool or These 5 Other Great Tips
    Great tip when you’re planting bulbs! | Gardening Channel
  • Fall blooming flowers to consider adding to the garden: 8 Fall-Blooming Flowers butterfly_flowerFriendly to Bees, Birds, and Butterflies | Modern Farmer 
  • After hard frost, sow seeds of spring-blooming hardy annuals and perennials and then mark beds!
  • Pests to watch for: Voles
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s November Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • No more fertilizing for the year. But planting is still OK.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs.evergreen
  • Trees and shrubs can be planted until the ground freezes.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Water evergreens and new plantings to keep them hydrated this winter.
  • Continue removing diseased leaves.
  • Dig hole now if you will be planting a “live” Christmas tree.
  • Check for bagworms, pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Pests to watch for: Voles.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew.
  • See HGIC’s November Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Cover carrots, parsnips, and turnips with straw to extend the harvest.
  • Harvest the last of your vegetables and till compost into the beds.
  • Plant garlic for harvest next spring.
  • Protect fig trees from freezing by piling up leaves around them.
  • Remove this year’s fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground.
  • Plant cover crop where nothing is growing.
  • Weed.
  • You can still have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Pick pumpkins at your local pick-your-own farm or visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Pests to watch for: Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew, fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for November from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).  Apply lime as needed to adjust pH.
  • Fertilize your lawn and re-seed if needed.
  • Fertilize tall and fine fescues and bluegrass with ½  lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • 15 of the Best Common Organic Fertilizers | Gardening Channel
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s November Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film build-up.
  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms this January by potting them up, watering thoroughly, and placing them in your vegetable crisper for about 10 weeks.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen).
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Pot up Paper Whites and Amaryllis for holiday blooming.christmas_cactus
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettia for holiday blooming, see HGIC’s Christmas Cacti Guide and Poinsettia Care Guide.
  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Monitor for insect problems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids,  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s November Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • 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. vole
  • Signs of Vole Damage: Voles eat the roots of plants and trees.  Where voles are a problem try using mouse snap traps baited with apples. See this Fact Sheet on Reducing Vole Damage to Plants in Landscapes, Orchards and Nurseries.
  • See HGIC’s November 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 November Wildlife tips.

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

November

See below for upcoming local events in October.

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

fall-leafSave 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

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Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Various times and locations
Free!

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.

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Grand Opening! Greenbriar Local Park

Saturday, November 5
11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.
12525 Glen Road, Travilah, MD 20854

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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!

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Family 5K Forest Fun Walk

Saturday, November 19
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Wheaton Regional Park
$10

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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.

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October Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Fall is here and it’s time to enjoy the fall colors and fall crops!  Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events for October. Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Winter Wonders – Winter Squash cooking demo class at Brookside Gardens, our MCT Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, October 25th, with Master Gardener, Stan Fisher, who will provide tips on Planting for Birds, Urban Gardening workshop,  2016 Trees Matters Symposium, and more!

Planning:

  • Harvest most fruits before frost. Check the link to the calendar below for the first Fall frost dates (starting around mid-October).
    • first_frostFall Frost/Freeze Dates in Maryland | University of Maryland Extension
  • As beds empty, make changes to shape and size of beds.
  • Gather seeds and carefully label them. Store in a dry location.
  • Collect plant seeds for next year’s planting and for trading.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Visit the National Arboretum’s website to learn more about fall plants. The National Arboretum has a Fall Colors gallery, with pictures of numerous species, a plant list, and a summary of the science of fall color.
  • Visit the U.S. Botanical Garden! It’s autumn and Halloween season! Check out these solanum-aethiopicumfun pumpkin-on-a-stick (Solanum aethiopicum). Come find these Ethiopian eggplants brightening up the Garden Court!
  • 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:

  • From mid-October through November, plant hardy bulbs for spring flowering.
  • Pull out spent summer annuals.
  • Plant hardy mums and fall season annuals.
  • Divide and move perennials.
  • Start planting spring blooming bulbs.
  • Cut foliage of irises to 2″.
  • After hard frost, sow seeds of spring-blooming hardy annuals and perennials and then mark beds!
  • Collect dried flowers for an indoor vase.
  • Dig up bulbs from your Gladioli, cut off foliage, dry for a week, and then store for the winter.
  • Leave seedheads on Black-eyed Susans, Echinacea, Goldenrod, Sunflowers, and Thistles for birds to enjoy over the winter.black-eyed susans_cropped
  • Sow wildflower seeds, such as California Poppies, for next spring.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish between other vines.
  • Pests to watch for: Aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s October Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Transplant trees and shrubs.
  • Transplant trees when the leaves begin to color.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.December-hollys
  • Water evergreens and new plantings to keep them hydrated this winter.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Continue removing diseased leaves.
  • Check for bagworms, pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Pests to watch for: Voles.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew.
  • See HGIC’s October Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Harvest most fruits before frost.
  • Plant garlic now through the end of October.
  • Plant cover crop where nothing is growing.
  • Plant cover crops in your vegetable and annual beds (i.e., rye, clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas).
  • Set up a cold frame, then plant lettuces, radishes, and carrots from seed.
  • Check that all vines are securely tied against winter’s cold winds.
  • Cut garden herbs and hang to dry in a cool, dry place indoors.
  • Harvest sweet potatoes.
  • Dig up and store potatoes in a cool, dark spot.
  • Mulch strawberry beds for winter.
  • Weed.
  • You can still have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.pumpkins_horiz
  • Pick pumpkins at your local pick-your-own farm or visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Pests to watch for: Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew, fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for October from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).  Apply lime as needed to adjust pH.
  • Fertilize tall and fine fescues and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Put diseased leaves, pesticide-laden grass clippings and weed seeds out for keep_calm_compostrecycling rather than the compost pile. Check your recycling guidelines.
  • 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
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s October Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettia for holiday blooming, see HGIC’s Christmas Cacti Guide and Poinsettia Care Guide.amaryllis
  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Bring Paper Whites and Amaryllis indoors for holiday blooming.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Monitor for insect problems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids,  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s October Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for this winter.
  • USDA Blog » As the Weather Cools, Your Firewood Choices Matter
    blogs.usda.gov | October is Firewood Awareness Month.
  • Apply deer deterrent spray.
  • Deer may cause damage by antler rubbing during the fall breeding season. “Tree protectors, such as plastic tree wrap, tubes, or 4′ woven wire cylinders, provide a physical barrier to prevent damage. Repellents are not an effective control against antler rubbing.” See HGIC’s Tips on Deer Management.deer_with_antlers
  • See HGIC’s October 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 October Wildlife tips.

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

October

See below for upcoming local events in October.

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

fall-leafSave the date for these upcoming Fall events! Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Urban Gardening workshop, Winter Wonders – Winter Squash cooking demo class at Brookside Gardens, 2016 Trees Matters Symposium, and more!

 

Urban Gardening

Saturday, Oct. 15th

10:30AM-2:30PM at the Silver Spring Library. Learn all about microgreens, and about keeping houseplants healthy.


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Winter Wonders – Winter Squash cooking demo class

Monday, October 17, 12:00-1:30pmwinter_squash

Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Adrienne Cook, Garden and Cooking Writer
Danielle Cook, Holistic Nutritionist and Cooking Instructor

Those hard-shelled beauties of all color and shape – is one of the great comfort foods of fall and winter. Whether you go for pumpkins, butternut, acorn, delicata or any of the myriad varieties, Let The Cook Sisters show you new ways to prepare the delicious meat of these meaty vegetables. Sample three new recipes and enjoy a short presentation on the botany of squashes and how to grow them from a Brookside Gardens staffer.
Course # 23603

Fee: $35 FOBG: $31; registration required
Visitors Center Auditorium

 2016 Trees Matter Symposium

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Wednesday, October 19, 7:30am-4:00pm
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

Take advantage of our early bird registration from July 18th until September 17th only $75 (regular rate $90).

Montgomery Parks, a leader in urban arboriculture and landscaping hosts its 5th Annual Trees Matter Symposium. Learn from respected industry professionals about the most recent and innovative trends in urban and suburban landscaping while connecting with colleagues.

The fifth annual Trees Matter Symposium focuses on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Trees provide many benefits: they cleanse and cool our air, stabilize our soils, provide wildlife habitat and beautify our urban and suburban areas. We encourage all arborists, landscape industry and environmental/green industry professionals, engineers, designers, housing developers and interested citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to learn new techniques and concepts on what can be done to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment.

Halloween Trains – Cabin John’s “Eye Spy” Train & Wheaton’s Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel

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Weekends in October beginning Saturday, October 8
Fridays in October beginning Friday, October 14
Cabin John Regional Park, Hours: 1p to 6p on Fridays, 11am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Wheaton Regional Park Hours: 6pm-9:30pm

The Cabin John “Eye Spy” Halloween Train was designed to delight younger kids (8 years and under) — it’s all about fun, not fright! While the Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel each feature very frightening sights, sounds and creatures and aims to fright! (This event is not suitable for children younger than 8 years old! Costumes highly encouraged at both sites!

Tickets go on sale via ActiveMONTGOMERY.org on October 1.

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MCT Garden Club October Meeting Topic: Planting for Birds

October 25 @ 7:30 am9:00 pm

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!ruby-throated hummingbird

  • Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Topic: Planting for Birds
  • Speaker: Stan Fisher, Master Gardener
  • Location: Mill Creek Towne Elementary, 17700 Park Mill Dr. ,
    Derwood, MD 20855
  • Hostesses:  Nancy Brady, Claire Peterson

 

November

Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations

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Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Various times and locations
Free!

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.

More Info