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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

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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

 

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June Garden Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

  • Check out plants going on sale.
  • Peruse fall bulb catalogs.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.
  • Plan who is going to water plants during your vacation.
  • Plan where fall bulbs will go.
  • Take photos and update your garden  journal.
  • Inspect your garden hose for leaks and tighten all connections.
  • As the heat and humidity move in, take it easy by working in the morning or early evening to avoid intense sun and humidity. Leave the big projects for this fall. For now, concentrate on maintaining the beds you’ve already established and nurturing your new plantings.
  • Support our local farmers! Visit a local farmers’ market near you. Download Montgomery County’s Office of Agriculture Farmer’s Market Flyer to find a farmer’s market near you. Or visit the main Montgomery County Farmers Market website.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
  • Remove spent lilac and rhododendron blossoms.
  • Direct-sow annual flower seeds.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Pinch buds of fall-blooming plants (asters, mums, Joe-Pye weed).
  • Prune azaleas directly after blooming.
  • Fertilize your azaleas and rhododendrons and monitor them closely for any lacebug damage.
  • Take cuttings from azaleas and roses to start new plants.
  • Spray roses with Neem oil every two weeks.
  • Start a sunflower patch with help from a few kids.
  • Stake tall plants.
  • Tie-up climbing roses and other wandering vines.
  • Try a few new tropical plants on your patio.
  • Check on your container plants daily and keep them well-watered.

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

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

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

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

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

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

  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, bagworms, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, leafminers, scale, sawfly, spidermites, and webworms.
  • Diseases to watch for: powdery mildew
  • See HGIC’s June Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

  • Remove finished plants.
  • Plant/seed warm season plants.
  • Plant tender transplants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet potato.
  • Sow beets, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash for fall harvest.
  • New fruit plants – keep watered their first spring, summer, and fall.
  • Harvest herbs to use in salads and summer dishes.
  • Harvest strawberry beds daily.
  • Clean up fallen fruit and berries.
  • Cover berry bushes and fruit trees with bird netting.
  • Dig up garlic when the tops turn brown. Let dry in the sun, then store.
  • Sow heat-tolerant greens like Swiss Chard and mustard greens in part-shade.
  • This is the perfect time to apply grub control.
  • Watch for insect and disease problems throughout your garden.
  • Pests to watch for: asparagus beetle, aphids, cabbage worms, corn earworm, cutworms, and tomato hornworm
  • Diseases to watch for: Fungal, bacterial, viral diseases
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for June from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

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

Indoors/Houseplants:

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

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

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

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

June

See below for upcoming local events in June.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information and to sign up!

Wings of Fancy

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

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

More Info

Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry FestivalSandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival

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

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Rd
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

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

Summer Twilight Concert Series

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

Join us on the lawn at Brookside Gardens each Tuesday evening in June for a series of musical performances set in the beauty of the Gardens! Bring your friends and family, and don’t forget your chairs or blankets (allowed in the Gardens on concert evenings ONLY). Food trucks will also be available.

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

This is a rain or shine event.

Brookside Gardens

Hiking Through History

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

 

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD  20855

 

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

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register                                    

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

Peerless and Rockville Launch Speaker Series

Celebrating Glenview Mansion’s Formal Gardens and Grounds

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

Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851

Speaker: Rob Orndorff, horticulturist, City of Rockville

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

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

Following topics include:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to register for Course #30718

 

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

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

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

Pickin’ on the Porch

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

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

Intended for ages All Ages

Fee: $5

Register

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

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

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

Heritage Day at the Agricultural History Farm Park

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

 

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

 

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

HistoryintheParks.org

Heritage Days

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

Multiple Locations throughout Montgomery County, MD.

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

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

Heritage Days 2017 Brochure/Guide

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May Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Remove and discard dead annuals and old growth on perennials.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy plants.pansies (2)
  • Pinch back mums, salvias, and other late-season bloomers to encourage bushy, not leggy growth.
  • After the last frost date, plant warm-season annuals and tender bulbs (calla lilies, dahlias, gladiolus) in the ground and in containers.
  • After spring bulbs bloom, let leaves turn yellow and die before trimming.
  • Transplant spring flowering bulbs after flowering.
  • Fertilize transplants.
  • Water transplants deeply when dry.
  • Provide supports for fast-growing perennials such as delphiniums, peonies, and lilies.
  • Start seeds for: Cosmos, Celosia, Impatiens, Petunias, Tall Marigolds, Tall Zinnias
  • Pests to watch for: aphids, spidermites, slugs, snails, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  Blackspot on roses; powdery mildew, rust, bacterial diseases.
  • See UMD’s HGIC’s May Flower tips for more details.

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Directly after blooming, prune flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Plant and transplant shrubs that have finished blooming.
  • Check often and water newly planted and transplanted trees if they don’t pass the “finger test” (stick your finger deep into the soil – dry? Water!)
  • Prune crepe myrtle when you can see what is still alive.
  • Prune long shoots on shrubs to keep plant neat looking.
  • Prune back forsythia, spirea, and other early-spring blooming shrubs.
  • If you must mulch: Remove old mulch and then add 2″ to 3″ shredded pine or pine needles, keeping 3″ away from trunk.
  • Soil test established trees that have not been performing well.
  • Keep mowers and trimmers away from trunks!
  • Pests to watch for:  adelgids, aphids, azalea lacebug, borers, caterpillars, gypsy moths, leafminers, scale, sawfly, and spidermites.
  • Diseases to watch for: Apple scab, Cedar-apple; hawthorn or quince rust, Verticullum wilt, Oak leaf blister
  • See HGIC’s May Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

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

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

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

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

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

May

See below for upcoming local events in May.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

Family Archaeology Dayfamily_archeology_day2

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

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

More Info

Wings of Fancy

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

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

More Info

Master Gardener and Master Naturalist 19th Annual Training Conference

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

 

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April Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

  • Take an inventory of pots and containers. Clean or replenish potted soil.
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Mark beds outside where new plants will go.
  • Prepare containers for planting.
  • Check out garden centers for discounted house plants.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.BestGardeningVideosCollages27
  • The Very Best Videos that Teach Spring Gardening
    Good Gardening Videos · NEW! The best videos for these 3 big jobs in the spring garden.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

  • Dethatch if necessary and plug aerate BEFORE applying weed control.
  • Start lawn seeding. Reseed bare spots or overseed (through early April).
  • Mow high to reduce weeds and stress: Fescue and Bluegrass: 3″ – 3 1/2″
  • Control wild onions in warm season turf with broadleaf weed control.
  • Clean yard of all leaves and other debris.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs, voles
  • See HGIC’s April Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:violet-web

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

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

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

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

April

See below for upcoming local events in April.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

 

Egg Hunt

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

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

Register

 

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Garden Critters

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

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

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

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

Native Plant Sale

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

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

FREE

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

Register                  

Spring Grow It Eat It Event

Saturday, April 29th

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

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

Event Classes/Workshops:

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

May

Family Archaeology Day

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

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

More Info

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March Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

  • Mark beds outside where new plants will go.
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

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

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

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

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

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

March

See below for upcoming local events in March.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

 

Philadelphia Flower Show

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

Cost: $90, FOBG: $90

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

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

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

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

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Orchid Care

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

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

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

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

April

Earth Day Festival

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

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

Save the Date!

Native Plant Sale

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

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

FREE

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

Register                  

Spring Grow It Eat It Event

Saturday, April 29th

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

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

Event Classes/Workshops:

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

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February Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

  • Select and order fruit plants.
  • Decide on new tree/shrub locations.seed packets with border
  • Design new beds and gardens.
  • Plan landscape design projects.
  • Pick up new gardening books and magazines for inspiration.
  • Collect supplies for starting seeds.
  • Clean, sharpen, oil, and replace tools as needed.
  • Clean and organize the garden shed.
  • Build garden furniture.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

  • Start lawn seeding. Reseed bare spots or overseed (through early April).
  • Clean yard of all leaves and other debris.
  • Trim ornamental grasses such as liriope, mondo, and pampas.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control such as corn gluten.
  • Check and tune-up power equipment (mowers and trimmers).
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.keep_calm_compost
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Start or turn your compost pile.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs, voles
  • See HGIC’s February Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

Please Support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club

Hello Friends, Neighbors,

Please support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club! Your donations will help us continue to provide garden-related programs to the community and pay for maintaining and landscaping the Mill Creek Towne main entrances. donate-today-button

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

We accept donations throughout the year. Thanks to all of you that have recently donated as well as those of you who have supported us in the past years! Thanks for your continued support of the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club and our community programs!

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

 February

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

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

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

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

Intended for ages 18 and up

Go Green CSA Talk at the Kentlands

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

Kentlands Clubhouse
485 Tschiffely Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878

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

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

Look forward to seeing you!

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

Kentlands Foundation GO GREEN Co-chairs

Montgomery County Master Gardeners Plant Clinics at Brookside Gardens

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

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

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

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Art Night

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

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

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

March

Philadelphia Flower Show

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

Cost: $90, FOBG: $90

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

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

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

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

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

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

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Get your lawn mower serviced.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s January Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Keep bird feeders clean and filled.
  • Destroy brown marmorated stink bugs in a jar of soapy water.raccoon_on_snow
  • Switch your deer deterrent spray if you’ve been using the same one for several months. Re-apply after heavy rains. Apply repellents such as “Liquid Fence”, ”Deer-Away”, “Deer-Off”, “Hinder” or “Ro-Pel” to vulnerable plants.
  • See HGIC’s January Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles, flies.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s January Wildlife tips.

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

January

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

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

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

Future Harvest – A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 2017 Conference

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

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

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

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

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

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

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

FREE: Pre-registration required

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

Farm Transition Workshop-Derwood

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

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

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Event Type: Class/Workshop

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

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

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

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

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Meeting Topic: Healing Herbs

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


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

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

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

 

 

12th Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchanges

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

Join us for:

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

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

Registration Info

March

Brookside Gardens Orchid Show and Sale

Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19thbrookside_gardens_march_2017_orchid_show

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

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