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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.

  • Create Your Own Deciduous Bonsai

  • Saturday, April 5, 9:00 am

  • Martha will teach the class how to increase the size of a bonsai tree quickly and the techniques for correct pruning and 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-Soil Management

  • Saturday, April 5, 9:00 am

  • Brian Rhoten returns to talk about the proper management of soils that provide so much of the nutrition, stabilization and long-term care of our trees. Bring a soil sample for analysis by our staff and by Bartlett if you would like.
  • Instructor: Brian Rhoten
  • All about Herbs

  • Saturday, April 5, 11:00 am

  • Our greenhouse carries over 100 varieties of herbs each spring. Joann Weber, our herb curator, will go over many to determine the best varieties for your conditions. She will also provide information on the best herbs to grow in containers.
  • Instructor: Joann Weber
  • Lawn Clinic

  • Saturday, April 12, 9:00 am

  • It’s time to get our lawns in shape. Our experts will share the latest news about synthetic and organic ways to get the lawn greener and healthier, providing soft surfaces for our children and pets to play on.
  • Instructor: Gardenshop staff
  • Dramatic Container Plantings

  • Saturday, April 12, 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.
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Water Garden Installation

  • Saturday, April 19, 9:00 am

  • Stop dreaming and learn to install a pond in the landscape. Tim McQuaid, our water garden manager, will teach today’s class how to site, design, dig and finish a pond adding beauty and movement to anyone’s yard and garden.
  • Instructor: Tim McQuaid
  • Roses

  • Saturday, April 26, 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.
  • Instructor: David Walsh
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Summer Tree Care

  • Saturday, June 7, 9:00 am

  • Brian Rhoten returns 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: Brian Rhoten
  • Bonsai Slab Planting

  • Saturday, June 14, 9:00 am

  • Martha will demonstrate the planting of a tree on a slab. Slabs can be natural stone or manmade trays. Either way, the finished project is amazing!
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Insect and Disease Identification and Control

  • Saturday, June 21, 9:00 am

  • Our own Ryan Gilmore will hold a plant clinic to help diagnose plant problems caused by fungus, disease, insects or environmental conditions. With the help of a microscope, he’ll show the class how to best identify and treat plants to maintain good health.
  • Instructor: Ryan Gilmore
  • Tropical Bonsai

  • Saturday, July 5, 9:00 am

  • Martha will be discussing and demonstrating all sorts of different plant material to use as bonsai trees. She will also show the techniques for training these plants as they grow quickly this time of year.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bonsai-Collecting Specimens from Nursery Stock

  • Saturday, August 2, 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.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bonsai- Create a Small Forest Tray Workshop

  • Saturday, September 6, 9:00 am

  • Create your own forest planting with Martha’s guidance. Price for the workshop includes small trees, bonsai tray, wire, soil and tool use. The charge will be $40.00 for materials.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Fall Gardening To-Do List

  • Saturday, September 20, 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 27, 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
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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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