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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.

December
  • Bonsai- Winter Training

  • Saturday, December 6, 9:00 am

  • Martha will help you understand the hows, whys, and why nots of working on bonsai in the winter in our region. She will also discuss deciduous conifers
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Holiday Wreath Workshop

  • Sunday, December 7, 1:00 pm

  • Featured in Chesapeake Home & Living magazine and a regular instructor for many of our seminars, Pat Sherman will be here to instruct you on how to make an easy, yet beautiful wreath using a soft clamp frame. Cost of the class is $30.00 (includes Fraser greens and wreath frame). *Please bring your own pruners and gloves
  • Instructor: Pat Sherman
  • Jim Shore Raffle

  • December 13, 3:00 pm

  • Purchase any Jim Shore piece between now and Dec 13 to be entered in our drawing for a signed Jim Shore "Christmas Angel".
  • Paul DeRemigis Signing & Demonstration

  • December 7, 14, 22, 23, 24, 12:00-8:00 pm

  • Local artist Paul DeRemigis will sign his regional prints and demonstrate his work. The subject matter of his prints include skip jacks, light houses, Ocean City, M & T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, Memorial Stadium, Rehobeth Beach, and Fells Point to name a few. Come meet Paul and watch him turn your fondest area memories into beautiful life-like pictures.
  • Ornament Personalization

  • Every Sat & Sun thru Dec. 20, 10:00am-6:00pm

  • Our own in-house artist, Carey Wilkerson, will personalize any ornament you purchase at Valley View Farms for free! Carey will be here on the weekends to write the name of a friend, family member, or even a pet, to add that special touch to your ornament.
  • WBAL Radio Live Broadcast

  • December 23 & 24, 5:00-9:00 am

  • WBAL radio's Morning Show team will be here broadcasting...LIVE. Join us for fun-filled activities, special guests, music, food, and more. Most importantly, all donations collected during the broadcast will benefit the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign.
January 2015
  • Bonsai Basics

  • Saturday, January 3, 9:00 am

  • During this session, Martha will discuss how to bend, wire and style bonsai. She will also talk about indoor versus outdoor bonsai and how to find a pot to complement a tree. Plant of the month-Olive.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Baltimore Bonsai Club Exhibition and Demonstrations

  • Sunday, January 25, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Join members of The Baltimore Bonsai Club for a fascinating show profiling beautiful bonsai specimens created by club members. Learn more about this “growing“ hobby and about our area's premier bonsai club. Members will host ongoing demonstrations on repotting trees, growing trees on rock, and various other subjects. Bring in your own tree for a makeover or walk through our nursery with a bonsai expert to choose a good tree to create a new bonsai. It's sure to be lots of fun!
February
  • Bonsai Propagation, Soils and Amendments

  • Saturday, February 7, 9:00 am

  • Martha will focus on soils and fertilizers for bonsai as well as propagation and root pruning techniques. Learn to create the stock you want to create bonsai. Our plant of the month: Juniper.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Create a Fairy Garden

  • Saturday, February 7, 11:00 am

  • Build a fairy garden using miniature plants. Create the perfect habitat for fairies while working with miniature materials to design a small garden. Charges for materials will vary, according to what might be used in the garden. Average cost: $38.00
  • Instructor: Our greenhouse staff
  • Growing Plants Indoors

  • Saturday, February 14, 9:00 am

  • Grow houseplants, orchids, and all sorts of other tropical plants indoors. Learn all about using grow lights, the benefits of houseplants, how to best water and care for plants and much more. Bring your plant in for a diagnosis if needed.
  • Instructor: Carrie Engel
  • Create a Terrarium

  • Saturday, February 14, 11:00 am

  • Build a beautiful terrarium during today's class. Learn how to choose plants that are compatible in the humid environment of enclosed glass. We'll also provide instructions for long term care and maintenance. Materials will be provided and will average about $35.00.
  • Instructor: Cindi Fielder and our greenhouse staff
  • Seed Starting

  • Saturday, February 21, 9:00 am

  • Learn general tips on starting flower and vegetable seeds and about the tools that aid our seed starting efforts. Donna will discuss lighting, heating, soil and container choices and much, much more. She will lead a tour of our seed area and look at all the various seeds we carry.
  • Instructor: Donna Steele, Valley View Farms' seed specialist
  • Growing a Deer Resistent Garden

  • Saturday, February 21, 11:00 am

  • Stop deer from treating your landscape as a smorgasbord! Our own Robert Scott will teach us about deer resistant perennial plants that we CAN grow in our gardens. He will also discuss ways we can discourage deer browsing in and around our gardens.
  • Instructor: Robert “Scotty” Scott
  • Native Perennials

  • Saturday, February 28, 9:00 am

  • Growing native plants is a natural way to encourage wildlife and beneficial insects in the landscape. More and larger campuses, rights-of-ways and government properties have been encouraged to Go Native! Learn more about how, when and where to plant natives in your own landscape.
  • Instructor: Robert “Scotty” Scott
  • Vegetable Variety

  • Saturday, February 28, 11:00 am

  • Our vegetable plant experts will present the list of vegetable transplants we will be growing at our farm greenhouses this season. We'll discuss when plants will be available, the differences between heirloom and hybrid varieties, and the best time to plant depending on where you live. We will also unveil our plans for Tomatomania later this year. Please bring plenty of questions and suggestions to today's talk
  • Instructor: Dotty Zajac and Carrie Engel
March
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Proper Tree Planting

  • Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am

  • Bartlett Tree has been partnering with Valley View Farms for many years, providing tree care and pruning for property owners in our region. In this 1st in a series of 4 presentations, John Davis will by showing us how to properly plant trees and shrubs, avoiding problems like root collar disorders, a frequent diagnosis in the landscape.
  • Instructor: John Davis from Bertlett Tree Experts
  • Elements of Landscape Design

  • Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am

  • Learn some elements of landscape design during today's class. Our focus will be on creating texture and color in the landscape by placing plants that will draw our attention into the garden. Today's instructor, Scott Carbone, is a recent graduate of The University of Maryland's horticulture program. He is known by many of our customers for his expert, friendly, manner.
  • Instructor: Scott Carbone
  • Bonsai-Create Your Own Indoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am

  • Here's a chance to create your own bonsai with Martha's guidance and the help of many of the bonsai enthusiasts that have attended meetings for years. The $35.00 fee includes tree, pot, soil, wire and tool use during the workshop.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Growing Vegetables in Containers

  • Saturday, March 14, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to successfully grow plants in pots right on our porches and patios. With over 40 years' experience helping people grow plants, particularly vegetables, our guest speaker, Marty Gottlieb, from Smart Pots will share his experiences with us today.
  • Instructor: Matty Gottlieb
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am

  • Spring is here; it's time to get your pond up and running again. Fish feeding, plant care, and general pond health will be primary topics of discussion. We will also talk about restarting pumps, filtration systems and other pond hardware.
  • Instructor: Tim McQuaid
  • Structural Pruning of Young Trees

  • Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to properly prune a young tree to encourage a lifetime of growth and beauty. Our own Teresa Dutton will share her expertise on growing and maintaining a tree's shape to promote strong branch structure.
  • Instructor: Teresa Dutton
  • Tool Sharpening

  • Saturday, March 21 & 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Drop in and get your gardening tools spring ready. C.J Thompson will be here to sharpen gardening tools like pruners, pruning saws, loppers and gardening scissors. C.J. will charge a small fee to get your tools back to cutting as well as when they were new.
  • Bee Friendly--An Entomologist’s Perspective

  • Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am

  • Dr. Jody Johnson is an entomologist (insect expert) that has been working with bees for years. Jody will share with us some of the information she has gathered while working with plants, bees and groups of scientists that are studying ways to keep bees healthy and productive.
  • Instructor: Dr Jody Johnson
  • Attracting Native Bees and Other Pollinators to the Garden---A Horticulturist's Perspective

  • Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am

  • Claire Jones raises bees here in Baltimore County, where she also operates a landscaping business. We'll learn which plants she uses to attract native bees, honey bees and other pollinators for her flower and vegetable gardens.
  • Instructor: Claire Jones

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 carrie@valleyviewfarms.com.

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