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Roslyn Entrance Spring 1978

February Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s time to enjoy the winter scenes and get ready for Spring! Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for February. Events include Black History Month Celebrations, Maple Sugaring Days, Waterfowl Festival, Green Matter Symposium, 2018 Spring Conference, Arbor Day Video Contest, and more! Mark your calendars and save the Mar202018 mctgc meeting topic garden for springdate for our 50th Anniversary Mill Creek Town Garden Club Celebration on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:30pm with special guest speaker Kathy Jentz, who will help us get our gardens ready for Spring!

Planning:

  • Select and order fruit plants
  • Decide on new tree/shrub locations.
  • If you want a street tree, pick one under 20-30 feet if you have overhead power lines.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Order/buy those seeds!
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • Have a question about gardening? Check the University of Maryland Extension’s New Maryland Grows blog for garden tips.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Hardy spring bulbs begin to emerge (crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, tulips).
  • Deadhead pansies.

    crocus flower
    crocus
  • Pull out ornamental cabbages and kale.
  • Lightly fertilize bulbs when green starts to show.
  • Transplant seedlings into individual 3″-4″ pots when crowded.
  • Fertilize transplants with 1/2 strength houseplant fertilizer (every 2 weeks).
  • Start seeds for Portulaca the second week in February.
  • On the fourth week, start seeds for: Ageratum, China Aster, Cleome, Dwarf Marigolds, Salvia, Tall Snapdragons, and Verbana.
  • Do not step on frozen soil in flower beds or lawns.
  • In the dark of winter you may be wondering about grow lights. Here is a concise guide to grow lights — their types and how they differ from normal room lighting.
  • Pests to watch for: voles
  • Diseases to watch for:  Damping off of seedlings.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s February Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune damaged branches.
  • Spray with dormant oil to decrease pest infestations.
  • Begin pruning of flowering shrubs.
  • Gently brush snow from evergreen shrubs.
  • Remove dead and dying trees.burning-bush-and-snow
  • Check that newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials have not been heaved out of the ground due to freezing and thawing cycles.
  • If we do get more snow in the DC area, gently dislodge snow from trees and shrubs with a broom to prevent damage to the branches.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage Malus and Pyrus when very cold.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  Deer, vole, scale.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight, Phomospsis and Kabatina of Juniper, Diplodia tip blight of 2 & 3 needled pines.
  • See HGIC’s February Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Start pepper seeds indoors
  • Sow greens indoors or outdoors in cold frame.
  • Start seeds for: cabbage, chives, fennel, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Cover garden beds with shredded leaves to minimize soil erosion.
  • Insulate outdoor containers by wrapping with bubble wrap or landscape fabric.
  • Look for evidence of pest or fungal damage throughout your garden.growing seeds photo
  • Prune out Fireblight damage on apples and pears when very cold.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, and cutworms
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for February from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Start lawn seeding.
  • Shovel walks and drive before applying ice melt or you will damage your lawn.
  • Use de-icer sparingly or a nonchemical substitute such as sand, grit, fireplace ashes, or non-clumping kitty litter.
  • Do not step on frozen soil in lawns.
  • The annual soil science calendars from the Natural Resources Conservation Service are both educational and beautifully done. The one for 2018 as well as those for previous years are available as free PDFs here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/edu/?cid=nrcseprd1250008
  • Build a compost bin.
  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s February Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Buy a few new houseplants.
  • Fertilize your winter-blooming houseplants, such as violets.
  • Change water in cuttings started last fall and add 2–3 pieces of fish tank charcoal.
  • Pinch back leggy plants.
  • Maintain moisture in pots wintering indoors, but do not over water!orchids
  • Cut off the flower stalk on your amaryllis once flowers fade. Leave foliage to grow.
  • Keep all houseplants out of drafts and away from heat vents.
  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film to build-up.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen).
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, spider mites, scale, and  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s February Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Clean and refill bird feeders.
  • Wash and refill the bird bath or set out a shallow bowl of water in icy weather.
  • Vacuum up any ladybugs that come in the house.winter birds and feeder
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Check for vole problems and set up traps.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s February 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 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,Roslyn Entrance Spring 1978

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.

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 February.

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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 events!   Events include Black History Month Celebrations, Maple Sugaring Days, Waterfowl Festival, Green Matter Symposium, 2018 Spring Conference, Arbor Day Video Contest, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Black History Month Celebrations

February 3 – February 24 | various times
Josiah Henson Park & Woodlawn Manor Cultural ParkEmancipation-Days

A month full of events at local historic landmarks will highlight the stories, struggles and successes of African Americans on a local, state, national and international level. From free guided tours to documentary screenings happening at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and Josiah Henson Park, the events happening throughout February will close out Black History Month.

Learn More

Green Matter Symposium

Friday, February 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Green-Matters-2017-Crowd-Shot

Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

How can we design our landscapes in ways that prevent harm to existing ecosystems AND regenerate the environment? We live in an age when the most effective progress on protecting the environment will likely occur at the local level. Join a broad spectrum of actors from home gardeners to professionals in the horticulture and landscape architecture industries to learn how we can be proactive stewards of our own piece of the pie. This symposium helps shift the focus beyond sustainability strategies geared towards slowing environmental degradation by emphasizing solutions that heal our damaged urban landscapes.

 

Registration Information 

Standard Fee:   $99 p/person after January 13, 2018

Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (Course #40522) or call 301-962-1451.

*Registration includes light breakfast, coffee/tea, and box lunch

For more information and to register online, please visit here. 

2018 Spring Conference

February 24, 2018SpringConference2018
(Snow date is March 3, 2018)

University of Maryland Extension Montgomery County Office
Agricultural History Farm Park
18410 Muncaster Rd,
Derwood, MD 20855

The Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference is scheduled for February 24, 2018. (Snow date is March 3, 2018).  The daylong event offers multiple presentations, morning snacks, a delicious bag lunch, door prizes, networking with other gardeners, answers to your gardening questions, handouts, and reference materials. Participants can attend three of nine concurrent presentations, and a Lunch & Learn session, all taught by Master Gardeners.

To view the 2018 Spring Conference brochure, click here.

Register:

To register for the 2018 Spring Conference, please go to the Eventbrite site (link is external).

Arbor Day Video ContestArbor-Day-Website-Banner

Montgomery Parks is pleased to invite your 3rd–5th grade students to participate in a video contest for a chance to host an Arbor Day Celebration at your school this April!

In a short video, tell us how “Trees are Superheroes”. Submissions will be posted to the Montgomery Parks’ YouTube Channel and the winning video will be displayed on Montgomery Parks’ social media channels and website. Submissions must be sent by March 30.

Learn More

March

The Woods in Your Backyard Online Course

March 7, 2018 – May 21, 2018online_course-maintaining_woods

UMD Extension is offering an online non-credit course called The Woods in Your Backyard, March 7 – May 21, 2018. Cost is $85. The course is about creating and maintaining natural areas around your home. The course work is spread out over the entire 10 1/2 week period and comprises orientation + 5 instructional modules with activities, assignments, and course materials. Click below for more details and a link to the course outline.

https://extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course

 

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club 50th Anniversary Community Event-“Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring”

Mar202018 mctgc meeting topic garden for spring

Save the date, and don’t miss our special 50th Anniversary celebration on Tuesday, March 20th! We will have a special guest speaker, Kathy Jentz, who will present “Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring”. Refreshments and cake will be served. We hope you can join us.  Below are the meeting details.

Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Mill Creek Towne Elementary School All Purpose Room
17700 Park Mill Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855
Speaker:  Kathy Jentz
Topic: Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring
Hostess:  MCT Garden Club members
Cost: FREE, Donations gratefully appreciated!

NOTE: If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Garden Club meeting will be cancelled.

Kathy Jentz Biokathy_jentz_photo

Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable. Her philosophy is inspiration over perspiration.

Kathy’s work has been featured in numerous Washington, DC-area publications and she appears on regular gardening guest spots on television and radio programs in Washington, DC.

She is also the Green Media columnist for the Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper, where she does a great deal of hand-holding and coaxing to get independent garden centers, plant breeders, and other horticultural businesses to join the social media revolution and maximize their online brands.

 

 

 

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January Garden 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 Winter Birding, Master Naturalist Spring 2018 Training (Applications due January 15th), Winter Crystals, Weed Warrior Workday at Lake Frank, Introduction to eBird, Brookside Gardens Winter Tour, January Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Gardening for Wildlife, 13th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange, Green Matter Symposium (Early Bird special ends January 12!), and more!

Planning:

  • Need help with your New Year’s resolutions?  Check this article with 12 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners for some ideas. | Horticulture Magazine
  • Evaluate gardening year and make notes of desired changes.
  • Start reading those plant catalogs! If you want a street tree, pick one under 20-30 feet if you have overhead power lines.
  • Decide where your plants are going in your garden.
  • Order/buy those seeds!
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Sharpen and replace tools as needed.
  • Paint a few terra cotta pots in spring-like colors.
  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for trading.seed packets with border
  • Collect large plastic soda bottles to use as cloches. (A cloche is a clear, bell-shaped cover used to protect tender plants from frost.)
  • Have a question about gardening? Check the University of Maryland Extension’s New Maryland Grows blog for garden tips.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Plant the bulbs you forgot to plant last fall!
  • Do not step on frozen soil in flower beds or lawns.
  • Start seeds for Petunia and Dwarf Snapdragons in the third/fourth week in January. Check daily for moisture.
  • Prune summer bloomers such as Hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon, Crape Myrtles, and Butterfly Bushes.
  • Use leftover holiday greens and cut-up tree branches to mulch beds and create windbreaks.
  • Pot up any leftover bulbs that did not make it into the ground by now and force them for indoor blooms.
  • Hand-pull visible weeds. Look for fast-growing vines such as honeysuckle, autumn clematis, bittersweet, wild grape, Virginia creeper, and poison ivy.
  • Check on stored summer bulbs and seeds. Discard any that have rotted.
  • Clean out your greenhouse and wash those windows.
  • Start hardy pansies and perennials.grow-lights
  • In the dark of winter you may be wondering about grow lights. Here is a concise guide to grow lights — their types and how they differ from normal room lighting.
  • Pests to watch for: voles

 

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune damaged branches.
  • Remove bagworm bags.
  • Gently brush snow from evergreen shrubs.
  • Remove dead and dying trees.
  • Check that newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials have not been heaved out of the ground due to freezing and thawing cycles.
  • Cut a few branches of flowering shrubs to force into bloom inside.
  • Take hardwood cuttings from willow and dogwood to propagate them.evergreens
  • Root prune trees and shrubs to be transplanted next year.
  • Set out your live-potted evergreens  from holiday decorating in a protected outdoor space to harden then off in advance of planting them.
  • If we do get more snow in the DC area, gently dislodge snow from trees and shrubs with a broom to prevent damage to the branches.
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage Malus and Pyrus when very cold.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  Deer.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight, Phomospsis and Kabatina of Juniper, Diplodia tip blight of 2 & 3 needled pines.
  • See HGIC’s January Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Cover garlic plants with straw or leaf mulch.
  • Cover garden beds with shredded leaves to minimize soil erosion.
  • Prune dead bramble canes.
  • Clean out your cold frame or build a new one.growing seeds photo
  • Insulate outdoor containers by wrapping with bubble wrap or landscape fabric.
  • Clean and tidy up pots and seed trays to get a good start in February.
  • Start hardy herbs, onions, cabbage.
  • Look for evidence of pest or fungal damage throughout your garden.
  • Protect fig trees from freezing by piling up leaves around them.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage on apples and pears when very cold.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, and cutworms
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for December from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Shovel walks and drive before applying ice melt or you will damage your lawn.
  • Use de-icer sparingly or a nonchemical substitute such as sand, grit, fireplace ashes, or non-clumping kitty litter.
  • Do not step on frozen soil in lawns.
  • The annual soil science calendars from the Natural Resources Conservation Service are both educational and beautifully done. The one for 2018 as well as those for previous years are available as free PDFs here: soil-planner-calendar2018https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/edu/?cid=nrcseprd1250008
  • Build a compost bin.
  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Diseases to watch for: brown patch, and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s January Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Buy a few new houseplants.
  • Fertilize your winter-blooming houseplants, such as violets.
  • Change water in cuttings started last fall and add 2–3 pieces of fish tank charcoal.
  • Pinch back leggy plants.violet-web
  • Maintain moisture in pots wintering indoors, but do not over water!
  • Cut off the flower stalk on your amaryllis once flowers fade. Leave foliage to grow.
  • Keep poinsettias in a well-lit area—but out of direct sun and away from drafts.
  • Keep all houseplants out of drafts and away from heat vents.
  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film to build-up.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen).
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, spider mites, scale, and  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s December Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Clean and refill bird feeders.
  • Wash and refill the bird bath or set out a shallow bowl of water in icy weather.
  • Vacuum up any ladybugs that come in the house.winter birds and feeder
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Check for vole problems and set up traps.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s January 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 January 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,

Happy New Year Spring 1989 MCTGC members at Roslyn entrance

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.

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

January

See below for upcoming local events in January.

2018-Winter-Festivals-Banner-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include Winter Birding, Master Naturalist Spring 2018 Training (Applications due January 15th), Winter Crystals, Weed Warrior Workday at Lake Frank, Introduction to eBird, Brookside Gardens Winter Tour, January Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Gardening for Wildlife, 13th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange, Green Matter Symposium (Early Bird special ends January 12!), and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Winter Birding

Sat. January 6th, 2018 and

Sat. January 27th, 2018
9:00am to 10:30ambird-in-tree
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20855

 

Come join us at Meadowside Nature Center to look for the birds that stay over winter with us and learn about the challenges these species face during this time. This guided bird walk will end with a cup of hot chocolate. Beginners welcome; bring your binocular or borrow ours.

Intended for ages 8&up

This event will be held at Meadowside Nature Center

Register (January 6th)

Register (January 27th)

Winter Crystals

Sat. January 13th, 2018 real-snowflakes

2:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Learn about ice crystals and rock crystals and how they’re similar and different. See some of the beautiful, rarely displayed, crystals from our collection in this Free Program. Visit anytime between 2 and 4 to enjoy this sparkly program.

Intended for ages 2&up

This event will be held at Brookside Nature Center

Register

Weed Warrior Workday at Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park – MLK Day of Service

Mon. January 15th, 2018 weed-warrior

10:00am to 12:30pm

 

Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Michelle Wenisch for an invasive plant removal workday at Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park in Derwood on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Bring gloves, pruners, and loppers if you have them. Gloves and tools are available to borrow if you don’t have your own. No power tools allowed.

This workday is pre-approved for MCPS SSL hours. Volunteers under 16 are not permitted to use tools, so if you are under 16, please email the Weed Warrior supervisor ahead of time to see whether they will have meaningful work for you do to.  Volunteers 14 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For meeting location and to sign-up, contact Michelle at 301-412-4204 or michellewenisch@juno.com

To learn more about the Weed Warrior program, go to www.WeedWarrior.org

This project is part of Montgomery Parks MLK Day of Service – more info on the Winter Volunteer Events page.

This event will be held at Rock Creek Regional Park

Introduction to eBird

Sat. January 20th, 2018 eBird_results_Merlin

9:30am to 11:00am

5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20855

 

eBird is a great tool to help you organize all your bird observations, and learn about all the birds that are around you. Join an online community of citizen scientists and share your observations while helping to conserve birds! Bring your cell phone or tablet and learn to use the eBird app and website to record the birds you see during a short birding hike at Meadowside Nature Center.

Intended for ages 13&up

This event will be held at Meadowside Nature Center

Register 

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Phil Normandy / Brookside Gardens Staff Winter’s advent brings on a whole new dimension to the gardens usually overlooked by visitors. Enjoy this walking tour with Phil Normandy where you’ll see what makes up the ‘bones of the garden’ without the distraction of leaves or flowers. You’ll appreciate the architectural elements of evergreens and woody plants in addition to how hardscapes shape the gardens.

FOBG: $6 *

Meet at the Visitor Center entrance

Intended for ages 18&up
Register                                    

This winter, to help us create wildlife-friendly habitats, our January program will be on “Gardening for Wildlife”, presented by Susan Bell, Master Gardener. We hope you can join us.  Below are the meeting details.Jan232018 mctgc meeting topic garden for wildlife talk

Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Mill Creek Towne Elementary School Teacher’s Lounge
17700 Park Mill Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855
Speaker:  Susan Bell
Topic: Gardening for Wildlife
Hostess:  Heather Whirley

NOTE: If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Garden Club meeting will be cancelled.

Susan Bellsusan-bell

In 2002, Susan Bell followed a life-long passion for gardening to become a licensed landscape contractor. She has helped hundreds of homeowners envision, create and install the gardens they always wanted. Additionally she helps by providing hand pruning and seasonal maintenance services to keep gardens healthy and in tip-top shape. As a Master Gardener speaker, Susan develops design and garden maintenance presentations to pass on knowledge gained through years of hands on experience.

 

13th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange

Saturday, January 27, 2018

12:30pm–4:00pm Seed_Exchange-photo

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Washington Gardener magazine, the publication for DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is hosting the 13th 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.

Join us for:

  • Seed Swapping
  • Door Prizes
  • Planting Tips
  • Expert Speakers
  • Goody Bags
  • Make-it Take-It Seed Crafting Table

The registration fee is $20.00 per person ($15.00 for Friends of Brookside Gardens, Friends of Green Spring Gardens – FROGS, and Washington Gardener Magazine subscribers.)

Registration is now open at:
WGSeedExchange-BrooksideG.brownpapertickets.com

 

Tip-Tapping Maple Trees

Sat. January 27th, 2018

2:00pm to 3:00pm

1400 Glenallan Ave.maple_sugaring_days
Wheaton, Maryland 20902

 

Help us start our collecting sap that will become maple syrup by identifying suitable maple trees, drilling holes and setting up collecting buckets. This is a free, family friendly program, but you’ll have to return later in February to learn the rest of this sweet story.

Intended for All Ages

This event will be held at Brookside Nature Center

Register 

February

Green Matter Symposium

Friday, February 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Green-Matters-2017-Crowd-Shot

Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

 
Early Bird special ends January 12!
The symposium will offer practical strategies to heal our damaged urban landscapes. Presentations will outline how we can design and maintain our landscapes in ways that prevent harm to existing ecosystems AND regenerate the environment.
 
Dr. Timothy Beatley, co-founder of the Biophilic Cities Network initiative and professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia will give the keynote on reducing the ecological footprint of urban development. Attendees will also hear from award-winning author Jeff Lowenfels who wrote the definitive gardener’s guide to the soil food web. Heather Holm, a national leader on saving our native bee population, will discuss ways to increase biodiversity in our gardens. We’ll close the event by looking at case studies from SCAPE, a leader in creating ecological designs that integrate natural systems within urban landscapes. 
 

Registration Information 

Early Bird Fee: $85 p/person until January 12, 2018

Standard Fee:   $99 p/person after January 13, 2018

Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (Course #40522) or call 301-962-1451.

*Registration includes light breakfast, coffee/tea, and box lunch

For more information and to register online, please visit here. 

2018 Spring Conference

February 24, 2018Pink Iris
(Snow date is March 3, 2018)

University of Maryland Extension Montgomery County Office
Agricultural History Farm Park
18410 Muncaster Rd,
Derwood, MD 20855

Save the date for the Annual Spring Gardening Conference! The Montgomery County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Conference is scheduled for February 24, 2018. (Snow date is March 3, 2018).  The daylong event offers multiple presentations, morning snacks, a delicious bag lunch, door prizes, networking with other gardeners, answers to your gardening questions, handouts, and reference materials. Participants can attend three of nine concurrent presentations, and a Lunch & Learn session, all taught by Master Gardeners.

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December Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

In December it is time to spend time with family and friends enjoying holidays.  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for December. Events include Flying Squirrels, Garden of Lights, A Forest Journey,  Introduction to iNaturalist, Winter Woods Weekend, International Migratory Bird Day Workshop, Garden After Dark: Holly Daze, Winter Solstice Celebration, and more!

Planning:

  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees apple-ciderand shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • Evaluate gardening year and make notes of desired changes.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Sign up your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Water transplants if weather is dry.
  • 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.
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Pests to watch for: voles
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s December Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune maples, dogwoods, birch, elm, walnut, and yellowwood to prevent “bleeding”.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.evergreen
  • Prune out Fireblight damage Malus and Pyrus when very cold.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and voles.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight
  • See HGIC’s December Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Protect fig trees from freezing by piling up leaves around them.
  • Prune out Fireblight damage on apples and pears when very cold.

    Apple_tree_with_fire_blight
    Apple tree with fireblight
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, and cutworms
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for December from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Fertilize your lawn and reseed if needed.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Rake leaves, shred, and gather in compost piles.
  • 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 December Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film to build-up.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen)."Special" variety from last year's Poinsettia Sale
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Do not place live wreaths or greenery in-between your door and a glass storm door, especially if the doorway is facing south. This placement will “cook” the arrangement on a sunny day.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettias for holiday blooming, see holiday blooming tips: Poinsettia Plant Care, Holiday Plant Care
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, spider mites, and  whitefly
  • See HGIC’s December Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Keep bird feeders filled for birds in the winter.winter birds and feeder
  • Vacuum up any ladybugs that come in the house.
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Check for vole problems and set up traps.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s December 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 December 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

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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.

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

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 events!   Events include Flying Squirrels, Garden of Lights, A Forest Journey,  Introduction to iNaturalist, Winter Woods Weekend, International Migratory Bird Day Workshop, Garden After Dark: Holly Daze, Winter Solstice Celebration, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Flying Squirrels

Friday, December 1 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
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Maryland Flying Squirrels are abundant, cute, and active year-round, but few see them in the wild because they are active at night – nocturnal. BNC has established a squirrel feeding station so some of our flying squirrels can be seen close up by our visitors. The program starts on the Nature Center deck 30 minutes after sunset to allow the sky to darken. Rain or snow cancels the program.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club | 50 years of Community Service

Thanksgiving image 2017
Wall at Miller Fall Entrance April 1973

Dear Neighbors,

In 2018, the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club (MCTGC) will celebrate its 50th year anniversary. The MCTGC was established in 1968. The main focus of the MCTGC  has been maintaining the Mill Creek Towne entrance at Miller Fall Road and Muncaster Mill Road and the entrance at Roslyn Avenue and Redland Road, where the brick wall with the Mill Creek Towne sign stands. The MCTGC realized that this upkeep to our entrances was vital to preserving the quality and property values of Mill Creek Towne.  While the county owns the property at those entrances, it does not maintain them. Until about five years ago, the median strip on Roslyn Avenue was also maintained by the MCTGC, because the county did not initially take care of this. The MCTGC continues to monitor the median strip. Because neither Shady Grove Road nor Midcounty Highway existed in 1968, the MCTGC does not maintain either of these. ProHome Services, located in Mill Creek Towne, does the planting and upkeep at the intersection of Mill Run Drive and Shady Grove Road. The county does not allow any work at Midcounty Highway because of safety issues.

December 2 1966 from The Sentinel newspaper
Montgomery County Sentinel Newspaper article on Mill Creek Towne, December 2, 1965

In 1968, the club was young as were most of the members. During the ensuing years, the MCTGC members weeded, mulched, planted, pruned and performed whatever task was necessary to keep the entrances looking good. Because Mill Creek Towne has not had a civic association for many years, MCTGC has also served in this capacity. One of the pillars at the Miller Fall entrance has been hit twice by a car. Because it was a hit and run, there was no one to take responsibility for repairing the pillar. The MCTGC stepped in and made arrangements and paid for the repairs. At the Roslyn entrance, the MCTGC hired a mason to repoint the front wall.  Each entrance has two concrete pineapple ornaments that sit on the side walls, and these have had to be replaced. There are many other examples of how the MCTGC has served the community.

Over the years, the MCTGC has been self-sustaining by organizing fundraisers. We produced a cook book and prepared three community directories. Our main fundraiser was a poinsettia sale. Unfortunately, this was phased out two years ago because of declining orders.

We have eight meetings a year, and we usually have informative programs that range from how to deal with deer and other animals in your yard to growing orchids. Community members are always invited to join us, and we welcome new members and new ideas.

The MCTGC will continue to maintain the entrances to Mill Creek Towne, but we do have expenses in doing this. Each year, some paid help is needed at the entrances with the maintenance, planting and mulching. We also have to supply the plants and mulch. Every few years, we have to replenish stones and other repair items to maintain proper drainage at the Miller Fall entrance. Replacing shrubs and other plant items at both entrances is always necessary.

You can assist in the effort to keep our neighborhood looking nice and our property values up, by attending our meetings and programs, and by your contribution. This can be done online with a credit card or PayPal payment at:

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

or by sending checks payable to the “Mill Creek Towne Garden Club” to:

Betty Laffan MCTGC Treasurer 7612 Warbler Lane Derwood, MD 20855

Please watch for more pictures and information about the neighborhood and MCTGC’s fifty years of service. Perhaps you’ll recognize a neighbor or family member from way back when. Thank you for being a good neighbor.  We appreciate your continued support of the MCTGC.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The members of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

pumpkin harvest

November Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,pumpkin pie

In November it is time to spend time with family and friends enjoying fall favorites dishes with pumpkin, apples, and more.  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for November. Events include A Forest Journey, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway, Music on the Farm and Sensory Sunday at the Agricultural Historic Park, and more!

Planning:

  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools.
  • Store terra cotta pots in a shed or protected areas.
  • Turn off outdoor water valve and store hoses.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Sign up your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Continue planting hardy, spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Clean out and store containers.
  • After blooming, cut mums back to 6 inches above ground.
  • Cut back perennials that have turned to mush. Leave others with seed heads for birds.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Continue to divide and transplant perennials.
  • Prune and mulch hybrid tea roses.pansies (2)
  • 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.
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: voles
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s November Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Trees and shrubs can be planted until the ground freezes.
  • Dig hole now if you will be planting  a “live” Christmas tree.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • No more fertilizing for the year. But planting is still OK.
  • Water slowly and deeply if weather is very dry.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Continue removing diseased leaves.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.holly tree
  • Check for bagworms: pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, voles, and webworms.
  • 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 harvest.
  • Protect fig trees from freezing by piling up leaves around them.
  • Plant garlic for harvest next spring.
  • Harvest the last of your vegetables and till compost into the beds.
  • Pick pumpkins at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • fall farmer marketMulch strawberry beds for winter.
  • Remove this year’s fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Harvest sweet potatoes.
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • 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 November from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Fertilize your lawn and reseed if needed.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • Rake leaves, shred, and gather in compost piles.
  • 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 November Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Mid-month, pot amaryllis for winter holiday bloom.
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.
  • Pot up Paper Whites and Amaryllis for holiday blooming.amaryllis
  • Clean the leaves of your indoor houseplants to prevent dust and film to build-up.
  • Set up a humidifier for indoor plants or at least place them in pebble trays.
  • Reduce fertilizing of indoor plants (except cyclamen).
  • Rotate houseplants to promote even growth.
  • Do not place live wreaths or greenery in-between your door and a glass storm door, especially if the doorway is facing south. This placement will “cook” the arrangement on a sunny day.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettias for holiday blooming, see holiday blooming tips: Poinsettia Plant Care, Holiday Plant Care
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • 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 the winter.
  • Caulk and seal your home to prevent wildlife from coming indoors.
  • Vacuum up any ladybugs that come in the house.vole
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Check for vole problems and set up traps.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s November 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 November 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

November

See below for upcoming local events in November.2017-Fall-Festivals-Facebook-Cover-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include A Forest Journey, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway, Music on the Farm and Sensory Sunday at the Agricultural Historic Park, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

Maryland Emancipation Days

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Nature Matters Lecture Series

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Wednesday, November 8–The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

6:45 pm-8:15 pm
Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville
$8 Registration Required | Ages 14+

Join us for this special evening lecture series that focuses on current topics of the natural world. Light hot and cold appetizers, prepared foods, beer and wine will be available as you mingle with your fellow science and nature enthusiasts, followed by an engaging presentation by one of our experts in the field.

Register

A Forest Journey

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Saturday Rambles – Seneca Creek Greenway

Sat. November 18th, 2017 9:30am to 11:30am

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The autumn months are perfect for getting outside! Charmed by vibrant colors, invigorated by cooler temperatures, and awed by migrating monarchs and birds, hikers in Montgomery County return home with memories that warm the cold months ahead. Our walks are on natural surface trails, and usually 3 miles in length. We stop frequently to listen, observe and learn. Directions to the trail head will be emailed two to three days prior to the hiking date to registered participants. Dress for whatever the weather brings us and bring water to quench your thirst!

Music on the FarmAg_Farm_Concert_2017

Sat. November 18th, 2017 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Thank You Pro Home Services!

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The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club would like to thank Pro Home Services for offering to provide the monthly weeding, mowing, and trash collection at both entrances to the Mill Creek Towne Community for FREE.  The owners are residents of Mill Creek Towne and already maintain the areas surrounding the fence at the Shady Grove Road tunnel at Mill Run Drive which is directly in front of their home.  They have helped make our entrances inviting for us, our neighbors, and prospective new neighbors.  Thank you for your support!

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pro home services logo
www.prohomeservicesmd.com

Here is how you can help us continue supporting our community:

To all Mill Creek Towne residents, Pro Home Services will donate 5% of your purchase to the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club. Please mention the ad in the neighborhood directory.

Contact Pro Home Services for your home maintenance needs at 301-330-8597 or email prohomesvcs@gmail.com.


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October Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s October, time to enjoy the crisp fall weather and the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for October. Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival, and more!

Planning:

  • Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is predicted to be between September 30 and October 30.
  • When planning your wildlife-friendly backyard don’t forget to include native trees and shrubs that produce fall and winter persistent fruits.
  • As beds empty, make changes to shape and size of beds.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you.

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Divide and move many perennials.
  • From mid-October through November, plant hardy bulbs for spring flowering.
  • Cut foliage of irises to 2″.
  • After hard frost, sow seeds of spring-blooming hardy annuals and perennials, then mark beds.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Pull out spent summer annuals.yellow-mums
  • Plant hardy mums and fall season annuals.
  • Divide and transplant peony and iris perennials.
  • Divide ornamental grasses.
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s October Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Transplant trees when leaves begin to change color.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.evergreen
  • Check for bagworms: pick off, bag, and dispose of them.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, voles, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s October Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Plant cover crops where nothing is growing in vegetable gardens and annual beds (e.g., rye, clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas)
  • Set u a cold frame, then plant lettuces, radishes, and carrots from seed.
  • Plant garlic for spring.
  • Pick pumpkins at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • Continue planting cool-season vegetables; plant garlic now through the end of October.
  • Mulch strawberry beds for winter.cover_crop_garden
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Harvest most fruit before frost.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts).
  • Harvest sweet potatoes.
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • 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 October from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).
  • Apply lime as needed to adjust pH.
  • This is the perfect time for seeding the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Plug aerate when soil is moist.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.soil_unlock_secrets_creativecommons
  • Fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • 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 October Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • All plants should be inside now!
  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.christmas_cactus
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.
  • For readying Christmas cactus and poinsettias for holiday blooming, see holiday blooming tips: Poinsettia Plant Care, Holiday Plant Care
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s September Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for the winter.
  • Don’t put your birdbath away. Birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing throughout the fall season. Clean frequently and keep filled with fresh water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.squirrel
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s October 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 October 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

October

See below for upcoming local events in October.2017-Fall-Festivals-Facebook-Cover-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Historic Farm Park, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series,  Cider Days, Pumpkin Panache Family Festival,  and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Harvest Festival

Annual Ride for the Reserve -Fall Farm Bike Tour

Sunday, October 8, 2017

8:00am

Poolesville Golf Coursebike-tour-logo-horizontal_orig
16601 W. Willard Road
Poolesville, Maryland 20837

Join us October 8, 2017 for this 10th annual fall tradition. Gorgeous Ag Reserve views on routes from 10-75 miles,  farm stopsmoco_bike_event and a gourmet picnic with live music and cider tasting at Kingsbury’s Orchard. New this year is a 10 mile loop suitable for families and novice riders – along with discounts for younger riders.

Contact Name Ellen Letourneau
Contact Phone 248-683-9678
Contact Email ellen@mocoalliance.org
Cost $80 adult – $10 (ages 12-16)
Link http://www.mocoalliance.org/ridereserve2017.html

Brookside Nature Center

Countryside Artisans of MD Fall Tour

Our Fall 2017 Tour will be on October 13, 14, 15, 2017.mocoalliance-countryside-artisan-tour

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet the artists and craftsmen and see their workplaces.

The studios will be open from 10am-5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

See link below for locations and contact information for each artisan.

Location Various gallery and studio locations listed on
Brochure/Map. See link below for details
Age Family
Area Upcounty
Cost Free
Link www.countrysideartisans.com

 

Urban Gardening Fall Event

Saturday, October 14

10:30 am–2:30 pmsilverspring_urban_gardening

Silver Spring Library, 3rd Floor
900 Wayne Avenue,
Silver Spring, Maryland

Visit the Silver Spring Library, where Montgomery County Master Gardener volunteers will answer questions, offer information, give demonstrations (some with giveaways) on THREE hot urban gardening topics: Fall Cleanup and Composting, Planting for Spring Bulbs and Houseplants: Winter Care.

https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/master-gardeners/Montgomery/webredesign/UG%202017%20Flyer%20Oct14FINAL.pdf

Free

https://extension.umd.edu/news/urban-gardening-fall-event

zinnias-garden

September Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s September, time to enjoy the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more!  Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for September. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale,  Fall Lawn Care Workshop, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, PawPaw Festival, Children’s Day Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta Day, Apple Festival and Campfire,  Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter, and more!

Planning:

  • Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is predicted to be between September 30 and October 30.
  • It is harvest time and also a good time to start taking stock of what worked well for you this season and what didn’t.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.garden_plan
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Order garlic, onions, and shallots for fall planting.
  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting or plant exchange.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Begin replanting pots with hardy annuals.
  • Plant newly purchased plants.
  • Continue to deadhead spent flowers.
  • Divide and transplant peony and iris perennials.
  • Divide ornamental grasses.orange mums
  • Take cuttings from coleus and begonias to propagate and over-winter indoors.
  • Your summer annuals will be reviving, now with cooler temperatures and some rain. Cut back any ragged growth and give them some fertilizer. They should put on a good show until the first hard frost.
  • Remove spent annuals, replacing with hardy mums and fall season annuals. Water deeply.
  • Dig up bulbs from your Gladiolus, Canna, Caladiums, and other tender bulbs. Cut off foliage; let dry for a week; and store for winter.
  • Cut fully yellow lily stalks.
  • Start bulb plantings of early spring bloomers at the end of the month.
  • Fertilize established bulb beds.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s September Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Fertilize if necessary for last time.
  • Avoid late summer pruning.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs.

    poison ivy
    Poison Ivy
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish from other vines.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles or your spring bulb foliage starts peeking out of the ground, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s September Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • The first week in September is the last week recommended to plant lettuce in an open garden.
  • The third week in September is the last week to plant radishes in an open garden.
  • Pick apples at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a farmer’s market.
  • Continue planting cool-season vegetables; plant garlic now through the end of October.Vole
  • Plant strawberries in a site with good drainage for harvest next spring.
  • This is a good time to have your vegetable garden and landscape soils tested.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts).
  • Plant cover crops in vegetable gardens and annual beds (e.g., rye, clover, hairy vetch, and winter peas)
  • Watch your pumpkins and squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • 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 August from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • This is the perfect time for seeding the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Plug aerate when soil is moist.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.grass
  • Fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • 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 September Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.
  • Bring in house plants if you took them out for the summer.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time.amaryllis
  • Bring Christmas cactus and poinsettias indoors if you took them out for the summer in preparation for holiday blooming. Fertilize them and put them where they’ll get just 10 hours of bright light per day.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s September Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for the winter.birdbath
  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s September 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 September 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

September

See below for upcoming local events in September.

2017-Fall-Festivals-Facebook-Cover-1800x683

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale,  Fall Lawn Care Workshop, A Forest Journey, Hispanic Heritage Month, Nature Matters Lecture Series, PawPaw Festival, Children’s Day Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta Day, Apple Festival and Campfire,  Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

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 0-2butterfly-wof-right

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

Fall Lawn Care and Lawn Renovation Workshop

Saturday, September 9, 2017Fall_Lawncare_workshop-Arboretum-DC

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Information/directions.html

Metro Stop: Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange lines

Fall Lawn Care and Lawn Renovation Workshop with turf specialist Geoff Rinehart of the Grass Roots Initiative at the National Arboretum, Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This informal indoor and outdoor learning activity is focused on the simple and correct lawn care practices will make your lawn look better with less work and expense. Registration is free, but space is limited and registration is encouraged. Call 202-245-5965 or e-mail Geoffrey Rinehart at geoffrey.rinehart@ars.usda.gov to register.

Friends of Brookside Gardens Plant Sale

Saturday, Sept. 9th FOBG_Annual_Plant_Sale_Sep2017
10 am – 3 pm, and
(members-only early hours, Saturday, 8 am – 10 am).
Sun., Sept. 10, 9 am – 12 pm. 

10% discount for FOBG members – you can join at the sale. Plant list here: http://www.friendsofbrooksidegardens.org/s/Plants_2017_list.pdf

 

A Forest Journey

September 8 – January 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. through Saturday | 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Brookside Nature Center, Wheatonbrookside_nature_center_entrance
FREE

This rich and inviting interactive exhibit, created by the Franklin Institute, is inspired by the Harvard classic A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by science writer John Perlin. It sheds new light on the history of the use of wood throughout the world, on forest products (from paper to lifesaving pharmaceuticals) and on the relationship between forests and the benefits of trees.

Brookside Nature Center

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club’s Meeting Topic: Preparing Your Gardens for Winter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017planting_bulbs

Time: 7:30pm

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

Hi Fellow Gardeners and Neighbors!

In September, join us to hear Master Gardener, Bonita Condon talk about “Preparing Your Gardens for Winter” and learn some tips on how to get your garden ready for winter.

About Bonita Condon

Bonita became a Master Gardener in 2014 after retiring from the National Institutes of Health. She is an avid vegetable gardener, love perennials, and combats nonnative invasive species in our parks and grasslands. Her special interests include working with individuals with mobility limitations, raised garden beds, and tools that accommodate special needs. She is a certified Weed Warrior, and an advisor on the Town of Kensington GreenScape committee.

 

hydragneas

August Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

It’s August already, and summer has gone by too fast.  There is a lot to do to enjoy summer before the season ends. Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for August. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin, Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays, From Field to Fabric workshop at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Underground Railroad Trail Saturday Guided Hike, Hiking Through History, and more!

Planning:

  • It is harvest time and also a good time to start taking stock of what worked well for you this season and what didn’t.
  • Take garden photos and make notes in your garden journal.
  • Begin planning for fall plantings.
  • Start collecting plant seeds for next year and for trading.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Order garlic, onions, and shallots for fall planting.
  • Take advantage of plant sales.
  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • Attend a county fair and enter some of your garden bounty.
  • 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. Don’t miss Montgomery County’s Ag Fair August 11–19, 2017!
  • 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.floral_collage
  • Cut petunia stems back by 2/3rds and fertilize.
  • Divide and cut back Bearded Iris and Peonies.
  • Divide Hostas and Daylilies.
  • Start seeds of pansies, calendula, flowering cabbage, kale, and other fall annuals.
  • Don’t fertilize plants that slow down in the heat, but keep them watered. Fertilize lightly plants that are blooming heavily.
  • Pinch back any leggy Asters or mums.
  • Inspect for powdery mildew. If seen, prune back perennials to create needed circulation.
  • Renew your container plantings, which may be looking a bit ragged at this point.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases, fungal leaf spot.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s August Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Don’t transplant azaleas this month. Avoid late summer pruning.
  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • Prune evergreens to get in shape for fall/winter.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • 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 August Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • The first week in August is the last week recommended to plant beans, peas, and carrots for fall.
  • The third week in August is the last week recommended to plant broccoli and cabbage plants for fall.
  • Buy raspberries and peaches at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Harvest leaves of herbs used in cooking (rosemary, basil, sage) in the early morning for best flavor.
  • Water deeply when needed. Last week to plant sweet corn and cucumbers.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Deadhead garlic chives before they go to seed. Makes a nice cut flower.
  • At the end of the month, begin planting cool-season vegetables  (turnips, carrots, beets, spinach, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts)
  • Preserve gourds and dry flowers for display in the fall.
  • 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 August from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather. Do Not Water.
  • Some grasses can still be planted. Over seeding may be done now through October.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns well watered!
  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • 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.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Apply grub control to your lawn.
  • 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 August Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Prune potted bougainvillea or hanging baskets that will overwinter inside.
  • Bring Christmas cactus and poinsettias indoors if you took them out for the summer in preparation for holiday blooming. Fertilize them and put them where they’ll get just 10 hours of bright light per day.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Monitor houseplants that are outside for insect problems.
  • Fertilize houseplants now that they are actively growing again.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Pests to watch for:  aphids, mealybugspider mites,  whitefly and scale.
  • See HGIC’s August Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Change the water of your birdbath daily and throw a Mosquito Dunk (or bits) into any standing water.
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders and add new sugar-water every three days.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray.
  • See HGIC’s August 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 August 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

August

See below for upcoming local events in August.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming Summer events!   Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin, Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays, From Field to Fabric workshop at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, UGRR Trail Saturday Guided Hike, Hiking Through History, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

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 0-2butterfly-wof-right

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

 

Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin!

Sunday, June 11 through August 20wheaton-regional-park-harpers_cabin
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
$7

Join us for a taste of African American Heritage as we learn about the history of the Harper’s Cabin. Observe and help with hearthside cooking techniques while learning the history, nutrition and rich culture of African-American foods. Learn how soul food became a dominant theme among African American Family, their church and social gatherings during the 19th century and extending to the end of the 20th century. The program begins with preparing the food and continues until a tasty supper is ready for serving.

Register

Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays

12:00pm – 4:00pm | June 29th, 2017 to August 17th, 2017

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

Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park Thursdays through the summer. Explore the historic farmhouse; help with seasonal chores such as planting, weeding, and harvesting in the World War I Victory Garden;  visit with the farm animals; and meet costumed living history interpreters who will tell you all about farm life in Montgomery County in 1917!

From Field to Fabric

Sat. August 5th, 2017
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18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855
Phone: 301-650-4373

In this hands-on workshop, learn to identify common fabrics from various time periods, how materials were processed, and how they were dyed. Try your hand at breaking and combing flax for linen, carding and spinning wool, and using elements found in nature to make dyes and stains.

Intended for ages All Ages

This event will be held at Agricultural History Farm Park

Register                                    

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

August 11 – August 19, 2017montgomery-ag-fair_aug2017

Montgomery County Ag Fair, MD

501 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

The showcase for Agriculture and Family Fun in Montgomery County, MD! August 11th – 19th, 2017. www.mcagfair.com

Fair Hours:
Friday, August 11th: 3 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday, August 12th – Saturday, August 19th: 10 a.m. – 12 midnight

Carnival Hours:
Friday, August 11th: 3 p.m. – 12 midnight
Saturday, August 12th – Saturday, August 19th: 12 noon – 12 midnight

Free shuttle busses run from Lakeforest Mall beginning August 11th, 11:30 a.m. – midnight and August 12th – 19, 8 a.m. – 12midnight.

Animal exhibits open on Sunday, August 13th at 12noon through the end of Fair.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners at Montgomery County Ag Fairmaster_gardeners_ag_fair

August 11 – August 19, 2017

Montgomery County Ag Fair, MD

501 Perry Pkwy
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

Have gardening questions? Bring your questions and talk with experienced University of MD trained, Master Gardeners! Located between Chilly Mall and Old MacDonald’s Barn.

UGRR Trail Saturday Guided Hike

Sat. August 12th, 2017

9:30am to 12:00pm

16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

This photo of Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Guided hikes last approximately 2.5 hours and are provided by talented “conductors” who lead groups on a simulated Underground Railroad experience covering 2.0 miles from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park along a wooded, natural surface trail to the historic Sandy Spring, then back to experience the new Woodlawn Museum and Visitor Center. Hikers learn about various techniques that “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom. Interpretive content best suited for children 7 and up.

Intended for ages 7 & up

Fee:  $8

 

This event will be held at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Register                                    

Hiking Through History

Wed. August 16th, 2017
9:00pm to 11:00pm

Agricultural History Farm Parkmontgomery-county-trail-maps
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                                   

World War I Ragtime Dance

Sat. August 26th, 2017
5:00pm to 9:00pmragtime_dance

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

FREE EVENT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us for our popular music series and experience the swinging hot sounds of pre-World War II jazz. Bring your family, friends, a picnic dinner, your dancing shoes and experience the fun of the Farm as the sun sets over the fields! Historic children’s games, friendly farm animals, and s’mores around the campfire make this the perfect summer evening for everyone! Free.

Intended for ages All Ages

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July Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

This July there is a lot to celebrate as the growing season really gets underway. Here are some garden tips, educational opportunities, and events for July. Events include Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy,  History in the Park events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, Canning & Preserving Made Easy Class, and more!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
  • Introduction of native plant varieties for gardening is a long, careful process. | Mt. black-eyed susans_croppedCuba Center
  • Don’t fertilize plants that slow down in the heat, but keep them watered. Fertilize lightly plants that are blooming heavily.
  • Pinch back mums so they grow bushier and won’t flower until autumn.
  • Water thoroughly, especially if you receive no rain for more than seven days.
  • Check on your container plants daily and keep them well-watered.
  • Inspect your garden for powdery mildew. If seen, prune back perennials to create needed circulation.
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s July Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune foundation shrubs and trees to be no closer than 1 foot from the house.
  • Prune and thin shrubs that have already flowered.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs weekly or as needed.
  • 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 July Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • July is the month for southern blight. Check for this damaging soil-borne fungal disease that attacks a wide range of herbs, tomato, and pepper.
  • Cut off bottom, yellow foliage on tomato plants.
  • Plant heat-tolerant vegetables (Malabar spinach, Swiss chard).
  • Fertilize according to the University of MD recommendations.
  • Water deeply when needed. Last week to plant sweet corn and cucumbers.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • 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 July from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Water established lawns deeply but infrequently.
  • 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.
  • 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 July 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.
  • Caulk and seal your outside walls to prevent insect entry into your home.
  • Hand-pick Japanese Beetles or shake them off over a bucket of dishwater. Early morning is a good time to catch them, while they are still drowsy.
  • 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 July 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 July 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

July

See below for upcoming local events in July.

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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,  History in the Park events at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, Canning & Preserving Made Easy Class, and more!

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

Varied Locations, dates, and times

What can Master Gardeners do for you?Montgomery County Master Gardeners logo

  • Help you select and care for annual and perennial plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Determine if you need to test your soil.
  • Provide you with information on lawn care.
  • Identify weeds, beneficial and noxious insects, and plant diseases and remedies.
  • Teach you how to use pesticides, mulch and compost.
  • Guide you in pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Provide you with options for managing wildlife.
  • Provide you with gardening resources.
  • Help you submit a plant sample for diagnosis

Plant Clinics are held at several sites in the county on a weekly basis and at special events such as garden festivals and the county fair. Regularly scheduled Plant Clinics are located at public libraries and farmers’ markets throughout the county as well as at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase.  There are also clinics three days per week at Brookside Gardens.  The busiest season is April through September, but some clinics are open year-round.  Bring your plant samples and questions to one of these locations in Montgomery County, MD (see link below to find a location near you):

http://extension.umd.edu/mg/locations/plant-clinics

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 0-2butterfly-wof-right

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

 

Soulful Supper at Harper’s Cabin!

Sunday, June 11 through August 20
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton
$7

Join us for a taste of African American Heritage as we learn about the history of the Harper’s Cabin. Observe and help with hearthside cooking techniques while learning the history, nutrition and rich culture of African-American foods. Learn how soul food became a dominant theme among African American Family, their church and social gatherings during the 19th century and extending to the end of the 20th century. The program begins with preparing the food and continues until a tasty supper is ready for serving.

Register

Agricultural History Farm Park Open House Thursdays

12:00pm – 4:00pm | June 29th, 2017 to August 17th, 2017

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

Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park Thursdays through the summer. Explore the historic farmhouse; help with seasonal chores such as planting, weeding, and harvesting in the World War I Victory Garden;  visit with the farm animals; and meet costumed living history interpreters who will tell you all about farm life in Montgomery County in 1917!

Hiking Through History

Wed. July 5th, 2017montgomery-county-trail-maps
9:00pm to 11:00pm

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

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/

Grow Your Own Bog & Carnivorous Container Garden

Thu. July 6th, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Instructor: Michael Szesze, owner of Carnivorous Plant Nursery. Looking for a fun new twist on your typical terrarium? Explore the curious world of carnivorous plants in this engaging workshop that will present practical knowledge about their habitats and how to easily grow them yourself. Participants will make their own carnivorous plant terrarium to take home.

FOBG:$45

Intended for ages 18 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

Canning & Preserving Made Easy!

Sat. July 8th, 2017
6:30pm to 1:00pm

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Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

 

Instructor: Lisa Gonzales, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UMDWondering what to do with the extra vegetables in your garden or the diversity of seasonal produce at your local farmers? market? You?ll learn the types of canned products that can be safely made at home and the necessary ingredients, equipment, and supplies. The basic steps of water bath canning and food safety considerations will be demonstrated. Included in your registration fee are a take home canned product, handouts and the book, ?So Easy To Preserve,? which includes tested recipes and in-depth information designed for both the new and experienced food preserver.

FOBG:$31

Intended for ages 18 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

Register                                    

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/canning-preserving-made-easy/

Garden After Dark: Full Moon Cocktail Dinner

Sat. July 8th, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Looking for a special night out with friends or a loved one? Let Brookside take care of the details! Each fee covers the cost of one person. 21 and up. Enjoy a magical evening in our beautiful new Evening Affair garden filled with fragrant white flowers that glow in the moonlight. Designer Kelley Heim will lead a full moon tour through her garden discussing the design process and pointing out some of the unusual fragrant specimens growing there. Enjoy cocktails created by a mixologist and a light catered dinner under garden lights.

FOBG:$46

Intended for ages 21 & up

This event will be held at Brookside Gardens

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/garden-after-dark-full-moon-cocktail-dinner/

Shakespeare In the Garden

Shakespeare-in-the-Park-brookside-gardensTuesday, July 11

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Brookside Gardens
FREE

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Pack a picnic, and enjoy a beautiful summer’s night of Shakespeare in the Garden. Come with us as we travel back to the Forest of Arden for Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, As You Like It. Follow Rosalind, Shakespeare’s original feminist heroine, on her quest to seduce handsome and clever Orlando by any means necessary—sneaking around in disguise, hiding love letters in trees, and eliciting help from a strange band of singing shepherd philosophers. Whether this is your first taste of Shakespeare, or you are a practiced pedant, this play has everything you like! Production provided by Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Garden and sponsored by Friends of Brookside Gardens.

Visit Brookside Gardens

The Modern Victory Garden

Thu. July 13th, 2017Agricultural-History-Farm_park_2016_AV_160803_8033261
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

During World War I and World War II, families were encouraged to grow Victory Gardens to help supplement rations and help those left on the home front stay healthy and strong. Visit the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn about Victory Gardens, explore our on-site demonstration Victory Garden, and learn how to begin using the principles of Victory Gardens in your own backyard to help supplement your own healthy diet!

Intended for ages All Ages

This event will be held at Agricultural History Farm Park

Register                                    

Hiking Through History

Wed. July 19th, 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                                   

28th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

July 22–23, Saturday-SundayFarmtour-2017

Various Montgomery County Farms

The Farm Tour is an annual event that occurs the 4th weekend in July.  During the Farm Tour there are opportunities to enjoy hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations, and other fun, planned activities.  Come spend a day or two in the country for an educational experience/family outing or just enjoy the scenery. You can also purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more. Visit our website for more details.
2017 Farm Tour Brochure

Contact: Melissa Steed
Phone: 301-590-2810
Email: melissa.steed@montgomerycountymd.gov
Cost: Free
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html

Music on the Farm

Sat. July 22nd, 2017 Ag_Farm_Concert_2017
5:00pm to 8:00pm

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

FREE EVENT. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us for our popular music series and experience the swinging hot sounds of pre-World War II jazz. Bring your family, friends, a picnic dinner, your dancing shoes and experience the fun of the Farm as the sun sets over the fields! Historic children’s games, friendly farm animals, and s’mores around the campfire make this the perfect summer evening for everyone! Free.

Intended for ages All Ages