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There's always something interesting going on at Valley View Farms. All of our seminars and events are free unless otherwise noted, and there is no need to pre-register. Some schedule changes may occur; so please check back here or call the store closer to the posted date to confirm. We look forward to seeing you.

  • TOMATO TORNADO - Spring Tomato Festival

  • Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3

  • Dotty, Sheila, Eileen and other tomato experts will be on hand to answer questions and give tips and advice for choosing one or more of the 60 varieties we will have available as young transplants. (35 varieties of tomatoes will be available for several weeks before and after this event) Our plants have been grown with loving care at our greenhouses in Hydes, MD. Over 30 varieties of heirlooms are among the tomato offerings. Grape, pear, plum, beefsteak and “regular” round tomatoes; yellow, orange, black, green and red tomatoes; you name it; we've got the perfect plant for you to grow this year. Be sure to pick up our How to Grow Tomatoes handout. Please join us on facebook for regular updates all season as we want to hear how you're doing. We'd love to share recipes and stories about your gardening experience as well. Stop by on May 2nd and 3rd and Let's Get Growing!
  • Create Your Own Outdoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am

  • If you’re curious about outdoor bonsai, please join us for this workshop. What better way to learn about bonsai than training and potting your own tree? Join Martha and many of our bonsai enthusiasts as we learn to pot and wire a bonsai tree. Charge for materials including tree, pot, soil and wire is $35.00.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Summer Tree Care

  • Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am

  • John Davis joins us to talk to us about insect and disease issues that we should be aware of in our landscapes. He will address the best ways to prevent and control anything that may be ‘bugging” our trees and shrubs.
  • Instructor: John Davis
  • Insect and Disease Identification and Control

  • Saturday, June 20, 9:00 am

  • Today’s plant clinic is being held to help diagnose plant problems caused by fungus, disease, insects or environmental conditions. With the help of a microscope, our own Ryan Gilmore will show the class how to best identify and treat plants to maintain good health. Bring in some photos or leaf samples of any problems you may be experiencing in your landscape for a diagnostic work up for a solution.
  • Instructor: Ryan Gilmore
  • Bonsai-Collecting Types of Group Plantings

  • Saturday, July 4, 9:00 am

  • Martha will demonstrate some of the techniques used to create forest plantings, Sakei trays and slab plantings.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bonsai-Collecting Specimens from Nursery Stock

  • Saturday, August 1, 9:00 am

  • Today’s Bonsai class will stroll through our nursery and choose several trees and shrubs that will become Bonsai projects. Martha will lead the annual tour and offer suggestions during this always informative and often surprising lecture.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bonsai-Create a Small Forest Tray

  • Saturday, September 5, 9:00 am

  • Create your own forest planting with Martha’s guidance, and her wonderful group of helpers. Participants will have the choice of using outdoor or tropical materials. Price for the workshop includes small trees, bonsai tray, wire, soil and tool use. The charge will be $50.00 for materials.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Fall Gardening To-Do List

  • Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am

  • Our gardens are transitioning from summer to fall. We’ll go over a list of projects that can be taken care of in the next month or two in the garden, and discuss bulbs, autumn planting and other timely topics.
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Fall Lawn Clinic

  • Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am

  • Our lawn experts will talk about reseeding, fertilizing and providing weed control for our lawns. They will discuss the elements of lawn care that will lead to a natural and hardy lawn.
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Fall Family Fun

  • Month of October

  • Enjoy our free haunted house, straw maze for youngsters, weekend face painting and all sorts of other fun for the family during October. Check out our website and facebook page for event updates.
  • Bonsai-Show and Tell

  • Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am

  • Bring in your bonsai and future bonsai. It’s OK to brag a bit as you let us know how you’ve grown your bonsai and your plans for a future project.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Arrival of the Great Pumpkin

  • Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 am

  • Stay tuned for information about this year’s giant pumpkin to arrive via Valley View Farms truck mid-morning.
  • Winterizing the Water Garden

  • Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am

  • Be prepared when the cold weather arrives with information about overwintering elements of the pond including fish, plants, pumps, and filtration systems. Tim McQuaid will provide answers to all of your questions about water gardening in any season.
  • Instructor: Tim McQuaid
  • OWL-oween

  • Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm

  • Kathy Woods joins us from Phoenix Wildlife Center to teach us some things about owls, hawks and other birds of prey. She will have a couple of these beautiful birds for us to see “up close and personal”. Kathy’s center is responsible for rehabilitating wildlife after they may have been injured.
  • Race for the Cure

  • Saturday, October 27

  • Susan B Komen’s Race for the Cure takes place right in our neighborhood. Feel free to park in our lower lot and join others for the race.
  • Bonsai-Winter Care

  • Saturday, November 1, 9:00 am

  • Winter care of bonsai, and getting both outdoor and tropical ready for their winter rest, will be the subject of today’s class. Plant of the month---Citrus.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bonsai-Pines

  • Saturday, December 5, 9:00 am

  • Martha will lead a discussion about the best practices of growing numerous species of Pine as Bonsai.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan

Garden clubs and groups who would like to schedule a seminar here at Valley View Farms are welcome to meet at the store during open store hours. Please contact Carrie Engel to reserve the space and time for your meeting.

Additional questions about our seminar program should be directed to Carrie Engel. She can be reached by phone at the store (410) 527-0700 or by e-mail at

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