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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.

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    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.

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Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Save the dates for these upcoming events!   Events include 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.

 

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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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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

Brookside Gardens

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

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

  • Pick a budding gardener on your gift list to give some inspirational garden books and magazines; then watch them blossom.
  • Read the Washington Gardener’s “washington_gardener_logoTop 10 New Books for Gardeners” to find the perfect gift for gardeners! | Washington Gardener Magazine
  • Evaluate the gardening year, and make notes of desired changes.
  • Start reading those seed catalogs!
  • Start organizing your incoming garden catalogs.
  • Do not place live wreaths or greenery in-between your door and a glass storm door, especially if the doorway if facing south. This placement will “cook” the arrangement on a sunny day.
  • Clean, sharpen, and store your garden tools. Read this University of Illinois article on “Winterizing Your Garden Tools” for tips. | by Sandra Mason, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/021116.html
  • Attend a local garden club meeting.
  • Sign up all your friends and family for garden magazine subscriptions as holiday gifts.
  • Go on a local house or garden tour to see what plants are thriving in other’s area home gardens: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/gardens-Maryland
  • Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden and come explore more than 50 national parks and seasons_greenings_-_national_parks_and_historic_sites_u_s__botanic_garden-300x232historic sites made from plants and natural materials in our holiday show “Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Sites” with trains, decorated trees, poinsettias, and so much more! See link below for details and videos.

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

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

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

  • Read the Home and Garden Information Center’s (HGIC) “Compost publication” to learn why compost is the lifeblood of the garden”  with tips and videos for details on composting. | https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/compost
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass to avoid damaging the crowns.
  • Store your fertilizer and seeds in rodent-proof containers.
  • Do any filling and grading around your yard. The soil will settle during the winter months.
  • Some alternatives to de-icing salts include sand, beet juice sugars, light gravel (grit), or non-clumping kitty litter. Use de-icing salts around driveways and sidewalks can harm your garden plants and turf.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s December Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

December

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

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

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

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October Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

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

Planning:

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

Flowers and Groundcovers:

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

Trees and Shrubs:

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

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

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

Lawns:

  • Have soil tested (every 3 years minimum).  Apply lime as needed to adjust pH.
  • Fertilize tall and fine fescues and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Put diseased leaves, pesticide-laden grass clippings and weed seeds out for keep_calm_compostrecycling rather than the compost pile. Check your recycling guidelines.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.
  • Turn your compost pile weekly and don’t let it dry out. Work compost into your planting beds.
  • Diseases to watch for: dollar spot, brown patch and red thread
  • Pests to watch for: Grubs
  • See HGIC’s October Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

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

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

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

October

See below for upcoming local events in October.

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

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

 

Urban Gardening

Saturday, Oct. 15th

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


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Winter Wonders – Winter Squash cooking demo class

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

Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

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

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

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

 2016 Trees Matter Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Info

MCT Garden Club October Meeting Topic: Planting for Birds

October 25 @ 7:30 am9:00 pm

Join us for Montgomery County Master Gardener, Stan Fisher’s talk about Planting for Birds.   Learn more about how our yards can be more inviting to these backyard visitors.  As always, refreshments will be provided. The meeting information is below and we look forward to seeing you there!ruby-throated hummingbird

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

 

November

Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations

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

Join us the weekend of November 4 – 6 to celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county! Hike on the Underground Railroad, tour 1800s log cabins, visit a museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! Park events on Saturday and Sunday are FREE, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public.

More Info

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September Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

The weather is finally getting cooler and fall will be starting this month! It’s time to enjoy applesthe fall harvest of apples and pumpkins!  Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events for September. Events include the Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center, Friends of Brookside Garden’s 20th Anniversary Plant Sale, Children’s Day: Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta at Black Hill Visitor Center, Bluegrass on the Farm at Agricultural History Farm Park, Apple Festival and Campfire at Meadowside Nature Center, and our special Community Event on Tuesday, September 27th featuring the “Growing Legacy” award-winning film on Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve with special guest speakers from the Montgomery Countryside Alliance!

Planning:

  • Check your local garden center for end-of-summer bargains.
  • Order spring-flowering bulbs to arrive for planting this fall.

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  • Keep an eye out for the first frost date. In Zone 6, it is expected between September 30 and October 30.  In Zone 7, it is predicted to be between October 15 and November 15.
  • Attend a local garden club meeting or plant exchange.
  • Set aside a few hours each weekend for attending garden shows and tours. | DC Gardens
  • 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:mums

  • Begin replanting pots with hardy annuals.
  • Plant hardy mums and fall season annuals.
  • Start bulb plantings of early spring bloomers at the end of the month.
  • Divide and transplant perennials, in particular, peony and iris.
  • Asters are deer-resistant and bloom around the end of September. Aster_UME
  • Plant newly purchased plants.
  • Continue to deadhead.
  • Divide ornamental grass.
  • Remove spent annuals replacing with fall 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 the winter.
  • Cut fully yellow lily stalks.
  • Look out for any Poison Ivy vines, which will turn crimson in the fall and be easy to distinguish between other vines.
  • Fertilize established bulb beds in the end of the month.
  • Pests to watch for: Aphids, spidermites, whiteflies
  • Diseases to watch for:  powdery mildew, 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.
  • Remove fallen, diseased leaves.
  • Mulch or compost healthy leaves.composting
  • Transplant trees and shrubs.
  • If your conifers start shedding their needles, don’t worry. This is normal for our autumn cycle.
  • Plant evergreens for winter interest.
  • Water slowly and deeply if summer is very dry.
  • Pests to watch for: sawfly, adelgids, webworm, spidermites, leafminers, caterpillars, scale, aphids, borers, and bagworms.
  • 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 to plant lettuce in an open garden.
  • The third week in September is the last week to plant radishes in an open garden.
  • Remove rotting fruits from fruit trees and compost them.vegetable_garden
  • Continue planting cool-season vegetables (turnips, carrots, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Chinese cabbage,  cauliflower, kale, lettuce, mustard, radish, and spinach ).
  • Plant garlic now through the end of October.
  • Pick mature tomatoes and peppers to ripen in your window sills.
  • Watch your pumpkins/squash. Harvest them when their rinds are dull and hard.
  • Pick apples at a local pick-your-own farm or visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Cut herbs and flowers for drying indoors.
  • Pot up rosemary and chives for over-wintering indoors.
  • Video: How to Grow Microgreens: A Beginner’s 101 Guide | Gardening Channel

 

  • Plant cover crops in vegetable gardens and annual beds (for example, rye, clover, hairy fetch, and winter peas).
  • 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.
  • Look out for slug eggs grouped under sticks and stones. They are the size of BBs and pale in color.
  • Pests to watch for: Squash vine borer, slugs.
  • Diseases to watch for: Powdery mildew, fungal, bacterial, viral diseases.
  • Here are some more fruit and vegetable gardening tips for September from UMD’s HGIC.

Lawns:

  • Labor Day weekend — the perfect time for seeding the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and lime to turfgrass based on soil tests and UME recommendations.
  • Watch the video to learn how to collect a soil hgic_banner_logo
  • Over seeding may be done now through October.
    • Keep newly-seeded lawns well watered!

Lawn Renovation | University of Maryland Extension

  • Plug aerate when soil is moist.
  • Begin mowing leaves into turf to add organic matter and nutrients.
  • Fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass with 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 square feet.
  • Check for mosquito breeding grounds. Dump out any water that sits stagnant for more than three days.
  • Cool season lawns go dormant in hot, dry weather – Do Not Water.
  • 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 September Lawn Tips for more details.

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Bring in tender plants before night temperatures dip to 60 degrees.amaryllis
  • Bring Amaryllis indoors before a hard freeze. Repot every other year at this time. Store in a cool, dark place and do not water until flower buds or leaves emerge.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter inside and place in water.
  • Begin conditioning the  Christmas cactus and poinsettias to get them ready for the holiday season.
  • Monitor for insect problems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids, squirrels, whitefly
  • See HGIC’s September Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

  • Leave hummingbird feeders out until October 15.
  • Start feeding birds to get them in the habit for this winter.birdbath
  • Keep birdfeeders and baths cleaned and replenished. Change water frequently to avoid mosquitoes.
  • See HGIC’s September Insect Tips for more details.
  • Watch for: rabbits, groundhogs, deer, moles, snakes, squirrels, and voles.
  • For more information on wildlife management and attracting wildlife see HGIC’s September Wildlife tips.

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

September

See below for upcoming local events in September.


Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

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

fall-leafSave the date for these upcoming Fall events! Events include the Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center, Friends of Brookside Garden’s 20th Anniversary Plant Sale, Children’s Day: Honey Harvest Festival, Monarch Fiesta at Black Hill Visitor Center, Bluegrass on the Farm at Agricultural History Farm Park, and the Apple Festival and Campfire at Meadowside Nature Center!

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, September 25wof_butterflies_015
10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
$8 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 3-12 | Free ages 0-2

Brookside Gardens is happy to announce the return of its premier Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. 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

 

Winter Wonders – Winter Squash cooking demo class

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

Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

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

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

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

 2016 Trees Matter Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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April Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

April showers bring May flowers! Here are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events to prepare for Spring in April. April is Earth Month as Rockville celebrates the 46th Earth Day, on Friday, April 22; it’s just one event in a month full of free activities promoting environmental sustainability. Events for April include the History in the Parks Night Hikes on the Underground Railroad trail, the Agricultural History Farm Park’s 20th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show, Green Matters Symposium at Brookside Garden, Earth Day events, and more!  Don’t miss our meeting on Tuesday, April 26th, starting at 7:30 pm with Master Gardener Les Rucker, who will provide tips on shade perennials!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

  • Transplant seedlings into individual 3″–4″ pots when crowded. Water when dry to the touch.
  • Pinch out growing tips of leggy transplants.
  • Transplant spring flowering bulbs after flowering.
  • Begin hardening off hardier transplants. Sow seeds outdoors of hardier annuals.
  • Dividing Herbaceous Perennials (HG99) | University of Maryland Extension
    Dividing an herbaceous perennial is an easy way to produce more plants.
  • Butterfly weed, California poppies, gaillardia, cleome, bachelor’s buttons, strawflowers, chamomile, alyssum, nigella, and annual phlox can be directly sown into the garden at this time.
  • 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:

Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

Lawns:

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Repot and fertilize houseplants when new growth begins.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids
  • See HGIC’s April Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

April

See below for upcoming local events in April. Don’t miss our meeting on Tuesday, April 26th, starting at 7:30 pm with Master Gardener Les Rucker provide tips on shade perennials!

MCT Garden Club April Meeting Topic: Shade Perennialshillwood_estates_perennials

Hi Fellow Gardeners and Neighbors!
In April, the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club will have Master Gardener Les Rucker provide tips on shade perennials.  Below are the details.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Topic: Shade Perennials
  • Speaker: Les Rucker, Master Gardener
  • Location: C. Peterson’s house (for details, please RSVP by Monday, April 25th)
  • Hostesses: Carol Hyland

 

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Spring Fundraiser 2016
Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Spring Fundraiser 2016

Dear MCT Friends, Neighbors,

We need your help!  Please help support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club by participating in our Spring Flower Power Fundraiser. For every purchase made on this website , Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Mill Creek Towne Garden Club. Flower Power offers top-quality flower bulbs with an absolutely exciting Spring product line-up, which includes Mixed Coneflowers, Stargazer lilies, and many others. All orders ship directly to your home and come with a 100% money-back guarantee. The deadline for orders is Friday, April 15, 2016.

Funds will help defray the costs for landscaping/maintenance of Mill Creek Towne’s main entrances and garden-related educational programs for the Derwood community!

Thank you for all your help and contributions!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club 

www.mctgardenclub.org

Flower Power Page link:

http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=22502

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

Be “Park Kind” and Celebrate April Earth Month with Montgomery Parks!

Help celebrate our parks and park users during Earth Month by being #ParkKind! parkkind

Share stories with Montgomery Parks about how you are #ParkKind on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (use the hashtag #ParkKind) and look out for our #ParkKind bridgade on trails, at dog parks and at events during the month of April!

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

 

Orchids in Focus February 27 – April 17, 2016 yellow_orchids

US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC
Conservatory Garden Court and East Gallery Orchids in Focus, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, highlights the world’s largest plant family and the USBG’s most extensive plant collection. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids amaze with their diversity of forms and colors. Come see for yourself why these exotic beauties have inspired artists and photographers for centuries. Immerse yourself in a floral paradise of orchids from the forest canopy down to the ground, and focus your own camera on these unique and beautiful plants. Learn more » – See more at: https://www.usbg.gov/exhibits#sthash.DrlBIZSz.dpuf
  • Spring is approaching! ?Save the date for these upcoming Spring events! Events include activities at Butler’s Orchards, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD, April 15-17), Paws in the Parks on Sunday, April 24 at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Montgomery County GreenFest to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 30th, and more!

 

History in the Parks Season Opening Celebrations: Special Night Hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Friday, April 1
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5:00 pm & 7:30 pm | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park $5 | Appropriate for ages 10 and up
Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org Journey back to the 1800s during this special night hike and meet persons of the past.5:00pm Registration | 7:30pm Registration

History in the Parks Season Opening Celebrations

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
Various Times & Locations Free. Montgomery Parks invites you to welcome back spring and join in the celebration of the reopening of our History in the Parks season at our Season Opener Celebrations. Join us for free guided tours and children’s programming at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Josiah Henson Park, Kingsley Schoolhouse and Oakley Cabin.
More Info

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Green Matters Symposium 2016: A Garden Gateway

Join us for the 2016 Green Matters Symposium: A Garden Gateway! Brookside Gardens will host this annual educational event on Friday, April 8 from 8:30AM-4:00PM. From thorough planning to hardscape materials, native plants, and local artistry, the Symposium will inspire and offer practical suggestions on how landscape projects can be designed and constructed in an environmentally beneficial way. Speakers include:

  • Lori Arguelles, Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Gennadyi Gurman, Head of Interpretation at the Queens Botanical Garden
  • Mary Pat Matheson, The Anna and Hays Mershon President & Chief Executive Officer at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens
  • Thomas Ranier, Landscape Architect & Author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World”

Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (Course #14881). Fees: $85 before March 1st; $99 from March 1st onward. Friday, April 8, 2016 8:30am-4:00pm Fee: $85 before March 1st, $99 from March 1st onward Register online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (COURSE #14881) or call 301-962-1451

Learn more about the conference and speakers at www.BrooksideGreen.org

Guided Cabin Tours and “Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song”

Sunday, April 9

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park, 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | FREE

Join us at Oakley Cabin for an African dance workshop, tours of the 19th century cabin, crafts and games for children. Explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks archaeologists.

More information about all our historic ongoing and special events is online at HistoryInTheParks.org along with information about Group Tours and School Fieldtrips offered throughout the year.

20th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10
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10am-3pm Free. Montgomery Parks and Friends of The Agricultural History Farm Park invite you to the 20th annual Gas & Steam Engine Show. See gas engines, tractors, antique cars, trucks and steam tractors. The event will feature live country music, hay wagon rides, kiddie tractor pull, crafts and much more! Rain or Shine event! Free parking and plenty of food vendors so you can stay all day!

More Info


Brookside Gardens Garden Gateway Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Friday, April 22

9-10:45am: Volunteer planting project
Call 301-962-1429 to get more information and volunteer.

11am: Ribbon-cutting, remarks and light refreshments

Come see all the beautiful (and environmentally friendly) changes at Brookside Gardens, and help us celebrate the work completed on this major project. There’s a redesigned main entrance, new Aquatic Overlook, new South Terrace just outside the Visitor Center, lovely new features like the Ginkgo Canopy and Fern Gate, a new parking garden, and much more.

Free and open to the public.

Meet at the Visitors Center Entrance:
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-962-1400

 More info…

Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 24

Noon – 4:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens & Brookside Nature Center
FREE | All Ages

Celebrate Earth Day at one of Montgomery County’s most sustainable and treasured gardens.  At Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center you will discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving our environment and our local community. Enjoy family-friendly activities, “green” craft fair, food vendors and live music.

More info…

Wings of Fancy

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, September 25

10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Brookside Gardens

$8 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 3-12 | Free ages 0-2wof_butterflies_015

Brookside Gardens is happy to announce the return of its premier Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. 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.

 

Grow Anywhere Gardening Expo, Saturday, April 30th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza.

Coming April 30 to Silver Spring: the Grow Anywhere Gardening Expo, 10 AM – 2 PM, Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza.

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The Urban Gardening initiative of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners invites you to our free demonstrations and hands-on activities, including take-home projects. Join us and learn all about container gardens, making self-watering containers (just for kids!), growing herbs, vegetables and microgreens, vertical gardening, creating water gardens for small spaces, sustainable garden design, and healthy houseplants.

2nd Annual Montgomery County GreenFest to Take Place April 30 in Takoma Park

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The Montgomery County GreenFest is committed to helping everyone in the County explore their path to a greener life. It is a one-day event focused on education and outreach, entertainment and facilitating interactions between residents, businesses and community leaders. The 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest is April 30, 2016 from 11am-4pm at the Takoma Park Community Center.

May

Grow It Eat It Open House, May 1, 9:30am-4:00pm at Derwood, MD.

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There will be many gardening classes and activities for adults and children.

Adult classes: https://extension.umd.edu/events/sun-2016-05-01-1200-grow-it-eat-it-spring-open-house

Click here for the full children’s programs flyer: https://extension.umd.edu/…/grow_it_eat_it/childrens%20prog….

The following programs are $12 each:
Discover Bugs, grades 2-3, http://discoverbugs2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Gardening, grades 2-3, http://discovergardening2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Flowers, grades 4-5, http://discoverflowers2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Trees, grades 6-8, http://discovertrees2016.eventbrite.com .

Orchid from US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC.

March Gardening Tips

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Fellow Gardeners,

Spring is almost here!   Below are some gardening tips, educational opportunities, and events to prepare for Spring in March. Events include the Orchid Show at Brookside Gardens, Green Matters Symposium at Brookside Garden, Earth Day events, Gardening Expo in Silver Spring, the Montgomery Park’s Spring and Summer Festival events, a Grow It Eat It Open House in May at Derwood, MD, and more!  Don’t miss our meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd, starting at 7:30 pm with Master Gardener Marie Rojas’ talk about “Bees, Beneficials, and Blooms” on honey bees, native bees, and other beneficial insect pollinators and what to plant for them!

Planning:

Flowers and Groundcovers:

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Prune out Eastern tent caterpillar egg masses.
  • Prune summer-flowering trees, except crepe myrtle.
  • Begin planting when soil is not too wet.
  • Prune butterfly bush to 8″ – 10″.
  • Rejuvenate prune hollies.
  • Fertilize plants not getting ready to bloom if needed.
  • Diseases to watch for: Fireblight, Phomopsis on new growth of juniper, Cytospora canker on Spruce.
  • Test soil pH on some hydrangeas and adjust: pH 5-5.5 = blue; pH 6-6.5 = pink
  • Pest to watch for: Easter tent caterpillar
  • See HGIC’s March Trees and Shrubs Tips for more details.
Herbs, Veggies, and Fruit:

 

  • Build a raised bed for vegetables. Add lots of manure and compost.
  • Fertilize established asparagus, tree and bramble fruits and strawberries.
  • Prune grape vines.
  • Plant potatoes.
  • Take a leap: plant something new this year.
    Try some new vegetables this year. (Suggestions from John Porter, WVU)

Lawns:

Indoors/Houseplants:

  • Repot larger plants that are going outside for the summer.
  • Remove old leaves, damaged stems.
  • Pests to watch for: Spidermites, mealybug, scale, aphids
  • See HGIC’s March Houseplants Tips for more tips.

Indoor/Outdoor Insect and Wildlife Tips:

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

March

See below for upcoming local events in March. Don’t miss our meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd, starting at 7:30 pm with Master Gardener Marie Rojas’ talk about “Bees, Beneficials, and Blooms” on honey bees, native bees, and other beneficial insect pollinators and what to plant for them!

MCT Garden Club March Meeting Topic: Bees, Beneficials, and Blooms

Camellia Winters Waterlily with bee

Hi Fellow Gardeners and Neighbors!
In March, the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club will have Master Gardener Marie Rojas talk about honey bees, native bees, and other beneficial insect pollinators and what to plant for them.  As always, refreshments will be provided. Please come join us – all are welcome!  Below are the details.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Topic: Bees, Beneficials, and Blooms
  • Speaker: Marie Rojas, Master Gardener
  • Location: Mill Creek Towne Elementary All Purpose Room
  • Hostesses: MCT Garden Club members
Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Spring Fundraiser 2016
Mill Creek Towne Garden Club Spring Fundraiser 2016

Dear MCT Friends, Neighbors,

Please help support the Mill Creek Towne Garden Club by participating in our Spring Flower Power Fundraiser. For every purchase made on this site (click on link below for details), Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Mill Creek Towne Garden Club. Flower Power offers top-quality flower bulbs with an absolutely exciting Spring product line-up, which includes Mixed Coneflowers, Stargazer lilies, and many others. All orders ship directly to your home and come with a 100% money-back guarantee. The deadline for orders is Friday, April 15, 2016.

Funds will help defray the costs for landscaping/maintenance of Mill Creek Towne’s main entrances and garden-related educational programs for the Derwood community! Thank you for all your help and contributions!

Mill Creek Towne Garden Club 

www.mctgardenclub.org

Flower Power Page link:

http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=22502

Montgomery Parks Special Events & Festivals

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

Egg Hunt at Meadowside Nature Center
Friday, March 25
Times Vary | Meadowside Nature Center $8 | 2-12 years old. Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org 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 your basket to collect your eggs. Reservations are required to ensure enough eggs for all!
Register

US Botanical Garden’s Orchids in Focus Exhibit

Orchids in Focus February 27 – April 17, 2016 yellow_orchids
US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC
Conservatory Garden Court and East Gallery Orchids in Focus, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, highlights the world’s largest plant family and the USBG’s most extensive plant collection. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids amaze with their diversity of forms and colors. Come see for yourself why these exotic beauties have inspired artists and photographers for centuries. Immerse yourself in a floral paradise of orchids from the forest canopy down to the ground, and focus your own camera on these unique and beautiful plants. Learn more » – See more at: https://www.usbg.gov/exhibits#sthash.DrlBIZSz.dpuf

Find Your Park – Visit Montgomery County – Conference and Visitors Bureau

Get outdoors and enjoy the weather! #FindYourPark | Visit Montgomery

Spring Events 2016 – Visit Montgomery County – Conference and Visitors Bureau

  • Spring is approaching! ?Save the date for these upcoming Spring events! Events include activities at Butler’s Orchards, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Paws in the Park, Montgomery County GreenFest to celebrate Earth Day, and more!

20 Great Walks Around Washington, DC | Washingtonian

  • As the weather warms up, here’s a list of some awesome walks in the Washington, DC area.

April

Meadowside Nature Center’s Backyard Compost Bin Pick-Up Event composting

When: Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00-7:00 pm ( or while supplies last)
Meadowside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks
Garden season is here and it’s a perfect time to start your very own backyard composting system! Come out to Meadowside’s Backyard Compost Bin Pick-Up Event to get your very own compost bin, free of charge.
(Montgomery County residents, only)

History in the Parks Season Opening Celebrations: Special Night Hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Friday, April 1
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5:00 pm & 7:30 pm | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park $5 | Appropriate for ages 10 and up
Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org Journey back to the 1800s during this special night hike and meet persons of the past.5:00pm Registration | 7:30pm Registration

 

History in the Parks Season Opening Celebrations

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
Various Times & Locations Free. Montgomery Parks invites you to welcome back spring and join in the celebration of the reopening of our History in the Parks season at our Season Opener Celebrations. Join us for free guided tours and children’s programming at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Josiah Henson Park, Kingsley Schoolhouse and Oakley Cabin.
More Info

Guided Cabin Tours and “Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song”

Sunday, April 9

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park, 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | FREE

Join us at Oakley Cabin for an African dance workshop, tours of the 19th century cabin, crafts and games for children. Explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks archaeologists.

More information about all our historic ongoing and special events is online at HistoryInTheParks.org along with information about Group Tours and School Fieldtrips offered throughout the year.

20th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10
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10am-3pm Free. Montgomery Parks and Friends of The Agricultural History Farm Park invite you to the 20th annual Gas & Steam Engine Show. See gas engines, tractors, antique cars, trucks and steam tractors. The event will feature live country music, hay wagon rides, kiddie tractor pull, crafts and much more! Rain or Shine event! Free parking and plenty of food vendors so you can stay all day!

More Info

GreenMattersInteriorWebBanner

Green Matters Symposium 2016: A Garden Gateway

Join us for the 2016 Green Matters Symposium: A Garden Gateway! Brookside Gardens will host this annual educational event on Friday, April 8 from 8:30AM-4:00PM. From thorough planning to hardscape materials, native plants, and local artistry, the Symposium will inspire and offer practical suggestions on how landscape projects can be designed and constructed in an environmentally beneficial way. Speakers include:

  • Lori Arguelles, Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Gennadyi Gurman, Head of Interpretation at the Queens Botanical Garden
  • Mary Pat Matheson, The Anna and Hays Mershon President & Chief Executive Officer at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens
  • Thomas Ranier, Landscape Architect & Author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World”

Register at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (Course #14881). Fees: $85 before March 1st; $99 from March 1st onward. Friday, April 8, 2016 8:30am-4:00pm Fee: $85 before March 1st, $99 from March 1st onward Register online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org (COURSE #14881) or call 301-962-1451

Learn more about the conference and speakers at www.BrooksideGreen.org

 

Grow Anywhere Gardening Expo, Saturday, April 30th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza.

Coming April 30 to Silver Spring: the Grow Anywhere Gardening Expo, 10 AM – 2 PM, Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza.

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The Urban Gardening initiative of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners invites you to our free demonstrations and hands-on activities, including take-home projects. Join us and learn all about container gardens, making self-watering containers (just for kids!), growing herbs, vegetables and microgreens, vertical gardening, creating water gardens for small spaces, sustainable garden design, and healthy houseplants.

2nd Annual Montgomery County GreenFest to Take Place April 30 in Takoma Park

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The Montgomery County GreenFest is committed to helping everyone in the County explore their path to a greener life. It is a one-day event focused on education and outreach, entertainment and facilitating interactions between residents, businesses and community leaders. The 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest is April 30, 2016 from 11am-4pm at the Takoma Park Community Center.

May

Grow It Eat It Open House, May 1, 9:30am-4:00pm at Derwood, MD.

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There will be many gardening classes and activities for adults and children. Click here for the full children’s programs flyer: https://extension.umd.edu/…/grow_it_eat_it/childrens%20prog….

The following programs are $12 each:
Discover Bugs, grades 2-3, http://discoverbugs2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Gardening, grades 2-3, http://discovergardening2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Flowers, grades 4-5, http://discoverflowers2016.eventbrite.com,
Discover Trees, grades 6-8, http://discovertrees2016.eventbrite.com .