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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.

January 2017
  • Bonsai Basics

  • Saturday, January 7, 9:00 am

  • During this session specifically for new bonsai hobbyists, 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. Martha owns Meehan's Miniatures, a grower specializing in finished and starter bonsai and companion plants. She will be our bonsai instructor for classes that are generally scheduled on the first Saturday of the month. Our own Jen K will be assisting Martha; she is our in-house bonsai expert.
  • Bonsai Workshop with The Baltimore Bonsai Club Special Sunday Event

  • Sunday, January 22, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Work with members of the BBC to style and train trees and shrubs into bonsai specimens. Our bonsai grower, Martha Meehan, has sent some larger material not always available in our greenhouse to work with during today's session in our greenhouse.
February
  • 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.
March
  • 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.

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