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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.

  • Bonsai - Late Winter Work

  • Saturday, February 4, 9:00 am

  • Work on trees now to get them ready for spring growth. Martha will also include a discussion on root pruning.
  • Miniature Gardening

  • Saturday, February 4,11:00 am

  • Build a garden using miniature plants. Terrariums and Fairy Gardens are just two of the choices indoor gardeners have 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: $30.00 Presented by Cindi F and greenhouse staff.
  • Growing Plants Under Lights

  • Saturday, February 11, 9:00 am

  • Grow edibles, houseplants, orchids, and all sorts of other plants indoors. Learn about lighting specific to plants and some of the techniques indoor growers use to produce herbs and vegetables year round. Eric R and John J will lead today's class
  • Orchid Care and Repotting

  • Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am

  • Join us today to learn more about Orchids. Our own Eric R will provide tips on proper watering, maintenance and choosing the perfect plant. Bring in your own orchid for diagnosis and repotting. There will be a minimal charge (materials only) for repotting any orchids during today's class.
  • Seed Starting

  • Saturday, February 18, 9:00 am

  • Learn general tips on starting flower and vegetable seeds and about the tools that aid our seed starting efforts. Seed specialist Donna S 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.
  • Growing a Deer Resistant Garden

  • Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am

  • Stop deer from treating your landscape as a smorgasbord! Our own Scotty 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.
  • Native Perennials

  • Saturday, February 25, 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. Robert “Scotty” Scott leads today's class.
  • Vegetable Variety

  • Saturday, February 25, 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 Tomato Tornado III later this year. Please bring plenty of questions and suggestions to today's talk hosted by Dotty Z. and Jeff M.
  • Bonsai-Create Your Own Workshop

  • Saturday, March 4, 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.
  • Growing Fruits and Berries

  • Saturday, March 4, 11:00 am

  • Adding a small orchard to an existing vegetable garden enables gardeners to increase their availability of fresh food through much of the year. Join our fruit tree grower, Terry, to learn how to successfully grow blueberries, apples, peaches and more. Terry Freed is from Eastern Shore Nursery, a grower specializing in fruit trees.
  • Tool Sharpening

  • Sat & Sun, March 4/5, 11/12, 26/27 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.
  • Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Containers

  • Saturday, March 11, 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.
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents- Preventative Care and Techniques for Healthy Trees

  • Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to prevent tree problems down the road by following some important tips. Bartlett Tree has been collaborating with Valley View Farms for many years, providing tree care and pruning for property owners in our region. John Davis from Bartlett Tree Experts will present today's topic.
  • Smaller Trees for Smaller Spaces

  • Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am

  • Learn how to plant to scale, avoid having to prune because of overhead utilities and finding the right plant for the right place on your property. Our own Teresa Dutton will share her expertise on choosing, growing and maintaining smaller trees for the landscape.
  • Extending Perennials' Bloom Season

  • Saturday, March 18, 11:00 am

  • Plan for a parade of non-stop flowering in the perennial garden this year. Robert Scott will show us how to design and plant our gardens so that we can have blooms and color extend from winter until fall. Learn more about bulbs, winter jewels like hellebores and so much more during today's session.
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • Saturday, March 25, 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
  • Vegetable Garden Plans

  • Saturday, March 25, 11:00 am

  • Learn to plan the vegetable garden to take advantage of sun, shade, space recommendations, companion planting, 3-4 season crops and other considerations. Jeff M, today's speaker, planned his own garden and has helped to establish a community garden in the Reservoir Hill area of Baltimore City.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bonsai-Tropical Bonsai

  • July 1, 9:00 am

  • Today's discussion will be on Ficus, Bouganvillea, Portulacaria, Serissa and many other tropical bonsai candidates.
  • 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.

Should your club or community like to meet at Valley View Farms for a private gardening class, please contact Carrie Engel by email, 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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