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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.

  • Maple Bonsai

  • Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am

  • Maples make some of the most beautiful, and tolerant deciduous trees. During this class, Martha will show how to properly prune, shape, care for, and propagate these materials for use as bonsai.
  • Perennial Gardening

  • Saturday, April 2, 11:00 am

  • Choose the best perennials for your garden. Perennial veteran Robert Scott will discuss bloom time, plant height, bloom color and other factors to help gardeners decide which plants are right for their sun or shade gardens.
  • Installing a Water Garden

  • Saturday, April 9, 9:00 am

  • Water gardens attract butterflies, hummingbirds, frogs, birds and dragonflies to the yard, providing natural insect control and enjoyment for the homeowner. Learn a bit about this fascinating gardening hobby from Tim McQuaid, Valley View's water garden manager. Tim will also discuss site evaluations, contruction, lining,and coping of the pond.
  • Walking Garden Center Tour

  • SUNDAY, April 10, 11:00 am (weather permitting)

  • Here is a chance to see Valley View Farms behind the scenes, with a chance to meet buyers, managers and key personnel in each department. We will show you some of the services we offer, introduce you to our grower, and have a good time walking and talking through our 13 acres.
  • An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

  • Saturday, April 16, 9:00 am

  • This quick and concise course will teach participants the basics of growing vegetables in Maryland gardens. The class will also provide resources for additional learning for people on the go. Pick-up our updated informational handouts and Tomato Tornado varieties list at today’s class.
  • New Annuals, Perennials and Tropicals for 2016

  • Saturday, April 16, 11:00 am

  • Our buyers and growers strive to have the best plants available to area gardeners each year. We look for better blooming plants, new flower colors, hardier varieties that are more disease resistant and pollinator friendly plants. Join us today to learn more about the new plants that will be featured at Valley View Farms this year.
  • Attracting Pollinators - A Tale of Two Gardens

  • POSTPONED - check back later for date and time

  • Pat Sherman has created and maintained two gardens on our property and many at the Cylburn Arboretum. She will share with us the successes and challenges she faced during the original installation of the gardens and the daily maintenance required to keep them thriving.
  • Herb Gardening

  • Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am

  • Learn how to choose and grow herbs for the garden. This time of year, we carry over 100 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs. Joann, our own herb expert, will share her knowledge on growing the best varieties for area garden.
  • 2nd Annual TOMATO TORNADO Weekend Event

  • Saturday, April 30, & Sunday, May 1

  • Our second annual Tomato Tornado touches down in our greenhouse. Like last year, we will be offering an additional 30 heirloom varieties bringing our selection to over 65 total 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.

  • All month

  • Now is the time to get your gardens, window boxes, and contains "beautified" for the summer! Who has time for seminars, when they could be outside planting?
  • Create Your Own Outdoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am (Note: this is the second Saturday)

  • 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.
  • Extending Perennials' Bloom Season

  • Saturday, June 11, 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.
  • Bonsai- Carving Trees for Extra Drama

  • Saturday, July 2, 9:00 am

  • During this session Martha will be demonstrating the use of tools to create deadwood on trees to add extra interest.
  • Bonsai-Collecting Specimens from Nursery Stock

  • Saturday, August 6, 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 tour and offer suggestions during this always informative and often surprising lecture.
  • Bonsai-Creating Kokodama Balls & Kusamono Plantings

  • Saturday, September 3, 9:00 am

  • Martha will be showing us how to make Kokodama Balls for either a companion planting or Bonsai as well as creating Kusamono plantings.
  • Fall Lawn Clinic

  • Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am

  • Learn the best techniques for seeding, feeding and weeding in the fall to get a jump-start on next year's beautiful lawn. Our experts will diagnose any problems now and recommend the best treatment and practices to achieve a healthy lawn.

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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