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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.

February
  • Bonsai- Winter Styling

  • Saturday, February 6, 9:00 am

  • Using Bouganvillea and Juniper, we will be showing what sort of work can be done during winter months to get a jump on spring.
  • Tillandsias and Earth Orbs Workshop

  • Saturday, February 6, 11:00 am

  • Complete this fun and easy craft in just minutes. Join us for a how to, and then create your own earth orb using the materials we have on hand. Average cost is under $15.00 for each orb garden.
  • Creating a Succulent Garden

  • Saturday, February 13, 9:00 am

  • Plant your favorite pot with succulents. Buy a container here, or bring one from home. Learn how to put plants together that are pleasing to the eye and easy to care for.
  • Creating a Fairy Garden

  • Saturday, February 13, 11:00 am

  • Allow us to demonstrate building a fairy garden, using miniature plants and scenes. Then it is up to each participant to create his or her own fairy gardens. Prices will vary depending on plants and items chosen by each person.
  • Replanting a Houseplant Clinic

  • Saturday, February 20, 9:00 am

  • Bring in your houseplants and allow us to help you repot them with fresh soil and fertilizer. We will also discuss air-layering and other propagation techniques.
  • All About Orchids

  • Saturday, February 20, 11:00 am

  • Join specialists from the Maryland Orchid Society to learn more about growing orchids. A window to the incredible orchid world will open to us all as we learn more about these fascinating plants. Bring in your own orchids for help with care and repotting.
  • From Mowing to Growing

  • Sunday, February 21, 2:00 pm

  • Joshua Rosenstein of Edible Eden Foodscapes and the Baltimore Orchard Project will show us how to go From Mowing to Growing in our yards to create sustainable, edible gardens. TICKETS REQUIRED; available online at www.eventbrite.com for $10.00, or at the door for $15.00.
  • Seed Starting Workshop

  • Saturday, February 27, 9:00 am

  • Our seed expert, Donna Steele will show everyone how to sow seeds using trays, seed starting mix and quality seed. She will explain how and when to plant seeds for each season in the garden and explain direct seeding methods.
  • Terrariums and Miniature Indoor Gardens

  • Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am

  • Chase away the winter blues by adding a touch of green. We will show participants how to make a terrarium using the wonderful miniature plants available from our growers. Then, it is up to you to make your own creation. Average terrarium cost with glass, soil, charcoal, decorative accessories and plants is about $35.00. Bring your own glass vessel in for the class if you prefer.
March
  • Create an Indoor Bonsai

  • Saturday, March 5, 9:00 am

  • Martha’s annual Create Your Own class is always fun. If you have always wanted to try your hand at this living art form, JOIN US! Our crew of Bonsai teachers will be on hand to help guide you through the process. The $35.00 fee includes tree, pot, wire, soil and the use of tools during class.
  • Tool Sharpening

  • Saturdays and Sundays, March 5-6, 12-13, 26-27 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • C J Thompson returns this spring to get our tools ready for working in the garden. Bring in pruners, loppers, saws and other tools that may need sharpening. CJ will sharpen them in his mobile unit either while you wait or return tools the next day/week.
  • The Why, When, Where, and How to Prune Seminar

  • Saturday, March 5, 11:00 am

  • Our own Teresa Schiano will demonstrate the finer points of pruning for home landscapers. She will answer the reason we prune and tell us the best time to prune specific trees and shrubs.
  • Fruit and Vegetable Gardening in Containers

  • Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am

  • Gardening is more mobile than ever, thanks to strides made in containers used to grow vegetables and fruits. Learn about the best containers, potting mixes and plant foods to use to grow vegetables in small, convenient spaces. We will introduce gardeners to some of the best varieties of edibles to grow in pots and planters.
  • Growing Fruits and Berries

  • Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm

  • Learn how to grow the freshest fruits available---from your very own yard! Joshua Rosenstein, owner of Edible Landscapes, collaborates with the Baltimore Orchard Project to teach us how homeowners, schools, businesses and communities can include edible fruits and berries in their landscapes.
  • Monarch Butterflies and other Pollinators

  • Saturday, March 19, 9:00 am

  • Butterflies and other pollinators provide us the flowers and food we treasure and need in our world. Learn how our garden and gardening methods can help these important insects thrive in our landscapes. Our speaker, Dr. Jody Johnson, has learned a tremendous amount about this subject. She will share her experiences and tell us what is happening to assist Monarchs in our environment.
  • The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

  • Saturday, March 19, 11:00 am

  • Today’s seminar will provide information on the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Launched by the National Pollinator Garden Network, the Challenge is engaging homes, schools and businesses to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants to provide waystations for pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Stop by, sign up and register your garden.
  • Waking up the Water Garden

  • Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am

  • The water garden comes alive again in the spring with a little help from Pond Master Tim McQuaid. Fish, plants, pumps, filters and the water itself need to be checked to get the pond running smoothly. Tim recommends best practices to accomplish the pond’s spring opening.
  • Spring Lawn Clinic featuring Rick Hardie

  • Saturday, March 26, 11:00 am

  • Our lawn care partners, Jonathan Green Lawn Products, provide the best that garden shops have to offer in grass seed, fertilizer and other turf products. Rick will explain the best tips and techniques to grow a healthy, vibrant lawn.

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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