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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.

January 2015
  • Bonsai Basics

  • Saturday, January 3, 9:00 am

  • During this session, 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. Plant of the month-Olive.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Baltimore Bonsai Club Exhibition and Demonstrations

  • Sunday, January 25, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Join members of The Baltimore Bonsai Club for a fascinating show profiling beautiful bonsai specimens created by club members. Learn more about this “growing“ hobby and about our area's premier bonsai club. Members will host ongoing demonstrations on repotting trees, growing trees on rock, and various other subjects. Bring in your own tree for a makeover or walk through our nursery with a bonsai expert to choose a good tree to create a new bonsai. It's sure to be lots of fun!
February
  • Bonsai Propagation, Soils and Amendments

  • Saturday, February 7, 9:00 am

  • Martha will focus on soils and fertilizers for bonsai as well as propagation and root pruning techniques. Learn to create the stock you want to create bonsai. Our plant of the month: Juniper.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Create a Fairy Garden

  • Saturday, February 7, 11:00 am

  • Build a fairy garden using miniature plants. Create the perfect habitat for fairies 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: $38.00
  • Instructor: Our greenhouse staff
  • Growing Plants Indoors

  • Saturday, February 14, 9:00 am

  • Grow houseplants, orchids, and all sorts of other tropical plants indoors. Learn all about using grow lights, the benefits of houseplants, how to best water and care for plants and much more. Bring your plant in for a diagnosis if needed.
  • Instructor: Carrie Engel
  • Create a Terrarium

  • Saturday, February 14, 11:00 am

  • Build a beautiful terrarium during today's class. Learn how to choose plants that are compatible in the humid environment of enclosed glass. We'll also provide instructions for long term care and maintenance. Materials will be provided and will average about $35.00.
  • Instructor: Cindi Fielder and our greenhouse staff
  • Seed Starting

  • Saturday, February 21, 9:00 am

  • Learn general tips on starting flower and vegetable seeds and about the tools that aid our seed starting efforts. Donna 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.
  • Instructor: Donna Steele, Valley View Farms' seed specialist
  • Growing a Deer Resistent Garden

  • Saturday, February 21, 11:00 am

  • Stop deer from treating your landscape as a smorgasbord! Our own Robert Scott 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.
  • Instructor: Robert “Scotty” Scott
  • Native Perennials

  • Saturday, February 28, 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.
  • Instructor: Robert “Scotty” Scott
  • Vegetable Variety

  • Saturday, February 28, 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 Tomatomania later this year. Please bring plenty of questions and suggestions to today's talk
  • Instructor: Dotty Zajac and Carrie Engel
March
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Proper Tree Planting

  • Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am

  • Bartlett Tree has been partnering with Valley View Farms for many years, providing tree care and pruning for property owners in our region. In this 1st in a series of 4 presentations, John Davis will by showing us how to properly plant trees and shrubs, avoiding problems like root collar disorders, a frequent diagnosis in the landscape.
  • Instructor: John Davis from Bertlett Tree Experts
  • Elements of Landscape Design

  • Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am

  • Learn some elements of landscape design during today's class. Our focus will be on creating texture and color in the landscape by placing plants that will draw our attention into the garden. Today's instructor, Scott Carbone, is a recent graduate of The University of Maryland's horticulture program. He is known by many of our customers for his expert, friendly, manner.
  • Instructor: Scott Carbone
  • Bonsai-Create Your Own Indoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, March 14, 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.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Growing Vegetables in Containers

  • Saturday, March 14, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to successfully grow plants in pots right on our porches and patios. With over 40 years' experience helping people grow plants, particularly vegetables, our guest speaker, Marty Gottlieb, from Smart Pots will share his experiences with us today.
  • Instructor: Matty Gottlieb
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • Saturday, March 21, 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
  • Structural Pruning of Young Trees

  • Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to properly prune a young tree to encourage a lifetime of growth and beauty. Our own Teresa Dutton will share her expertise on growing and maintaining a tree's shape to promote strong branch structure.
  • Instructor: Teresa Dutton
  • Tool Sharpening

  • Saturday, March 21 & 28, 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.
  • Bee Friendly--An Entomologist’s Perspective

  • Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am

  • Dr. Jody Johnson is an entomologist (insect expert) that has been working with bees for years. Jody will share with us some of the information she has gathered while working with plants, bees and groups of scientists that are studying ways to keep bees healthy and productive.
  • Instructor: Dr Jody Johnson
  • Attracting Native Bees and Other Pollinators to the Garden---A Horticulturist's Perspective

  • Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am

  • Claire Jones raises bees here in Baltimore County, where she also operates a landscaping business. We'll learn which plants she uses to attract native bees, honey bees and other pollinators for her flower and vegetable gardens.
  • Instructor: Claire Jones
April
  • Deciduous Bonsai

  • Saturday, April 4, 9:00 am

  • During this class, Martha will be explaining and demonstrating how to work on deciduous trees. We will also discuss the most effective ways to create larger trees more quickly.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Soil Management

  • Saturday, April 4, 11:00 am

  • John Davis 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: John Davis
  • Lawn Clinic

  • Saturday, April 11, 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: Garden Shop Staff
  • All About Herbs

  • Saturday, April 11, 11:00 am

  • Our greenhouse carries over 100 varieties of organically grown herbs in our greenhouse 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
  • Water Garden Installation

  • Saturday, April 18, 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
  • Dramatic Container Plantings

  • Saturday, April 18, 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: Nancy Sostrin and Ruth Engel
  • Roses

  • Saturday, April 25, 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
May
  • No seminars this month

June
  • Create Your Own Outdoor Bonsai Workshop

  • Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am

  • 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.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents-Summer Tree Care

  • Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am

  • John Davis joins us 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: John Davis
  • Insect and Disease Identification and Control

  • Saturday, June 20, 9:00 am

  • Today’s plant clinic is being held to help diagnose plant problems caused by fungus, disease, insects or environmental conditions. With the help of a microscope, our own Ryan Gilmore will show the class how to best identify and treat plants to maintain good health. Bring in some photos or leaf samples of any problems you may be experiencing in your landscape for a diagnostic work up for a solution.
  • Instructor: Ryan Gilmore
July
  • Bonsai-Collecting Types of Group Plantings

  • Saturday, July 4, 9:00 am

  • Martha will demonstrate some of the techniques used to create forest plantings, Sakei trays and slab plantings.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
August
  • Bonsai-Collecting Specimens from Nursery Stock

  • Saturday, August 1, 9:00 am

  • Today’s Bonsai class will stroll through our nursery and choose several trees and shrubs that will become Bonsai projects. Martha will lead the annual tour and offer suggestions during this always informative and often surprising lecture.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
September
  • Bonsai-Create a Small Forest Tray

  • Saturday, September 5, 9:00 am

  • Create your own forest planting with Martha’s guidance, and her wonderful group of helpers. Participants will have the choice of using outdoor or tropical materials. Price for the workshop includes small trees, bonsai tray, wire, soil and tool use. The charge will be $50.00 for materials.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Fall Gardening To-Do List

  • Saturday, September 19, 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 26, 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
October
  • Fall Family Fun

  • Month of October

  • Enjoy our free haunted house, straw maze for youngsters, weekend face painting and all sorts of other fun for the family during October. Check out our website and facebook page for event updates.
  • Bonsai-Show and Tell

  • Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am

  • Bring in your bonsai and future bonsai. It’s OK to brag a bit as you let us know how you’ve grown your bonsai and your plans for a future project.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
  • Arrival of the Great Pumpkin

  • Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 am

  • Stay tuned for information about this year’s giant pumpkin to arrive via Valley View Farms truck mid-morning.
  • Winterizing the Water Garden

  • Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am

  • Be prepared when the cold weather arrives with information about overwintering elements of the pond including fish, plants, pumps, and filtration systems. Tim McQuaid will provide answers to all of your questions about water gardening in any season.
  • Instructor: Tim McQuaid
  • OWL-oween

  • Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm

  • Kathy Woods joins us from Phoenix Wildlife Center to teach us some things about owls, hawks and other birds of prey. She will have a couple of these beautiful birds for us to see “up close and personal”. Kathy’s center is responsible for rehabilitating wildlife after they may have been injured.
  • Race for the Cure

  • Saturday, October 27

  • Susan B Komen’s Race for the Cure takes place right in our neighborhood. Feel free to park in our lower lot and join others for the race.
November
  • Bonsai-Winter Care

  • Saturday, November 1, 9:00 am

  • Winter care of bonsai, and getting both outdoor and tropical ready for their winter rest, will be the subject of today’s class. Plant of the month---Citrus.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan
December
  • Bonsai-Pines

  • Saturday, December 5, 9:00 am

  • Martha will lead a discussion about the best practices of growing numerous species of Pine as Bonsai.
  • Instructor: Martha Meehan

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 carrie@valleyviewfarms.com.

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