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Valley View Farms has scheduled seminars to be helpful and fun for our community. In addition to our classes, we have many informative handouts, soil testing, plant diagnostic services, water testing for ponds, and extraordinary signage on all of our plants. Most important, we have friendly, knowledgeable personnel to assist any way we can.

April
  • April Monday Night Gardening Series is part of the RPCS Kaleidoscope program. Classes average about one hour. They will be moderated by Carrie E and taught by the specialists on our staff.

  • Early Spring Gardening and Creating a Succulent Planter

  • Monday, April 3, 6:00 pm

  • Learn about annual and perennial plants that can survive spring frosts and summer's heat. We will discuss general planting methods, products that aid in growing, and trends for 2017 as a lead into this seminar series. We will create a succulent planter using either a clay bowl or a strawberry jar in tonight's class. Cost: $35.00 includes planter, soil and plants
  • The Urban Homesteader and Planting an Herb Garden

  • Monday, April 10, 6:00 pm

  • Learn more about growing edibles and ornamentals in the urban landscape. City dwellers Eric R and Jeff M will share their expertise about gardening in an urban environment and discuss how a community comes together via this shared experience. As a fun project, we will create a small herb container to take home at the end of the class. Cost: $29.99 includes 4 herbs, soil and a 2 gallon Bloem Bagz planter.
  • New Annuals and Perennials for 2017 and Planting a Cool Weather Container

  • Monday, April 17, 6:00 pm

  • Planting new plants is something we garden geeks look forward to every year. The plants we feature in tonight's class have been trialed and tested in gardens in our area and, often by our own staff. We'll end the class with a planting of pansies, violas and/or other cool-weather plants for everyone to take home. Cost: $35.00 includes a plastic planter, 4-5 plants and soil.
  • Gardener's Choice and Planting a Compact Vegetable Garden

  • Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm

  • The last of our Monday meetings will feature subjects chosen by the attendees. We will explore several ideas during the preceding classes. This meeting may also serve as a chance to ask questions about any gardening subject. We'll finish up by planting a 3-gallon Bloem Bagz vegetable garden including a compact tomato and pepper plant with some salad greens. Cost $29.99.
  • Bonsai- Create Your Own Outdoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am

  • Today's workshop will be strictly to work on training and potting an outdoor bonsai. Like last month, help will be available to guide participants through each step. The $35.00 fee includes pot, soil, tree, wire and tool use.
  • Lawn Clinic

  • Saturday, April 1, 11:00 am

  • Consumers have choices in lawn care that include organic fertilizer and weed control and traditional lawn care products. Todays' Speaker, Rick Hardie from Jonathan Green Lawn Care, discusses both options for keeping grass healthy and beautiful.
  • Water Garden Installation

  • Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am

  • Stop dreaming and learn to install a pond in the landscape. Tim M, our water garden manager, will teach today's class how to site, design, dig and finish a pond. Formal or informal, ponds add beauty and movement to the yard and garden.
  • New and Underused Herbs

  • Saturday, April 8, 11:00 am

  • Try some new herbs this year. Our herb grower provides us with over 100 varieties of organically grown herbs, including over a dozen varieties of basil. Joann W, our herb curator, will go over basil, rosemary, thyme and other herbs to determine the best varieties for a multitude of conditions and personal taste.
  • Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Containers

  • Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am

  • Learn how to grow plants in pots right on our porches and patios. Look at solutions from Earthbox, Bloem Bagz and other containers specifically designed for growing edibles. Kathy Sponenberg, an expert in the field of container growing, is our guest speaker today.
  • Creating Dramatic Container Gardens

  • Saturday, April 15, 11:00 am

  • The choices for color and texture in containers have an increasingly broad palette available to gardeners. We will discuss the many annual, perennial and tropical plants that will add drama to patio and porch container gardens. Nina W and Ruth E will demonstrate several tips and ideas for creating interesting potted gardens.
  • Roses

  • Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am

  • David Walsh joins us today to speak about choosing and caring for roses in our gardens. David is president of the Maryland Rose Society. He maintains beautiful gardens in Hampstead, MD in addition to caring for roses at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore.
  • 3rd Annual Tomato Tornado--Spring Tomato Festival

  • Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30

  • Our third annual Tomato Tornado touches down in our greenhouse. Like last year, we will be offering an additional 30 heirloom varieties bringing our total selection to over 65 varieties grown for area gardeners. Look for limited selection of additional peppers this year as well. Signs and handouts will be available to help choose the perfect vegetables for your garden.
May
  • Potomac Bonsai Show

  • May 6 & 7

  • Join other bonsai enthusiasts at The National Arboretum in Washington D C for the annual Potomac Bonsai Show. Check the Potomac Bonsai website for more information.
June
  • Bonsai-Outdoor Deciduous Trees

  • June 10, 9:00 am (Please note class is the second Saturday in June)

  • Maples, elms, and ginkgos will be some of the trees discussed during today's class. Here is a chance to learn more about leaf pruning and propagating many deciduous outdoor varieties.
  • Healthy Food From the Garden

  • June 10, 11:00 am

  • Watch Nina Campbell create healthy beverages from the garden. Nina is an avid foodie, specializing in fresh, healthy ingredients sourced at farmer's markets and gardens.
July
  • Bonsai-Tropical Bonsai

  • July 1, 9:00 am

  • Today's discussion will be on Ficus, Bouganvillea, Portulacaria, Serissa and many other tropical bonsai candidates.
August
  • Bonsai-Collecting Specimens from Nursery Stock

  • August 5, 9:00 am

  • Today's Bonsai class will stroll through our nursery and choose several trees and shrubs that will become Bonsai projects. Martha Meehan will lead the annual tour and offer suggestions during this always informative and often surprising lecture.
September

Should your club or community like to meet at Valley View Farms for a private gardening class, please contact Carrie Engel by email carrie@valleyviewfarms.com, or by phone, 410-527-0700. We often host groups including garden clubs, civic associations and organizations like The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Master Gardeners and 4-H.

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