Take a moment to browse through recent threads, and you'll see we talk about a little of everything-- garden projects (big & small), seed starting, bird watching, special plants, indoor projects, what's blooming now, seasonal highlights and to-do lists, garden pests and beloved pets. This is an active forum, and there's a lot going on in this region!
This thread is for keeping track of upcoming events of interest to Mid-Atlantic DGers, from nursery sale events to flower shows to DG gatherings. We can share information, and we can also meet up with other DGers who might be going where we're going.
If you have an event to add to the schedule, please post on this thread or Dmail me. I'll edit the list at the top of this thread and try to keep us up to date.
Please try not to chat too much on this thread about upcoming events... We can start separate threads for discussion & organization, and I'll put links here.
After the winter gardening "lull," the spring seed swap got us off to a great start on seed sowing and garden planting. This year's spring plant swap is in NJ, but there's definitely room on the calendar for a "DC & South Mid-Atlantic swap" also. Having more than one "seasonal" swap going on is great! Different dates/locations mean more people will be able to attend one or the other (or both!). For inspiration on hosting a plant party, see previous MA swap threads or this DG article: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1478/
We've got quite a list of spring garden events and festivals below. It's always fun to see if you can meet up with other DGers at an event and that's easy to organize by starting a thread in this forum (be sure and let me know so I can post a link on the list)!
April 26 & 27: National Arboretum 23rd annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale, FREE admission, see post on this thread and http://www.fona.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=75
Friday April 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Friends of the National Arboretum members only; 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Open to the public
Saturday April 27, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Open to the public
Note that "Friends" can pre-order online starting mid-March, so sign up to support your National Arboretum and enjoy this great benefit!
Coming Feburary 28th, The one and only Philadelphia Flower Show, Yea, I'm ready already!This should bring you some warm thoughts, when our high today was 26*F, with a stiff wind. Ric
This year's theme is "Passport to theWorld" http://www.theflowershow.com/Showinfo/index.html
I've always wanted to tour the large woodland garden exhibits at the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockesson, De., a short drive from Wilmington. I hear that this is quite an impressive place and a must see for the shade gardener.
Winterthur is right between the other two. It would be a fun filled weekend., There is also a winery with cafe right there beside a hugh antique mall in Chadds Ford. The (Wyeth) Brandywine River Museam is right there as well as the battlefield. It's a wonderful location for a weekend getaway. Lots to see and do.
When we went to Longwood in 2008, Paul and I stayed at Staybridge Suites, it was wonderful! There are 2 bedrooms and baths. and a sitting area with a mini kitchen with coffee pot, toaster, frig, dishwasher and all the dishes and pots and pans, and 3 TVs. They also have a free breakfast which is not just coffee and pasteries.
It is located near a mall and there are some nice resturants near by.
That sounds good too, Stormy... and I'm thinking we might want to start a thread about this now, even if we wouldn't be going until late spring/early summer (gotta have the hostas up and growing well in that shade garden), just so we don't take up this thread too much.
Stormy, the first link I posted didn't go through, but I edited it 20 minutes ago... tried it just now and it seems fine. The thread should be near the top of the MAG forum. I'll post the link again on this post.
I found a website for Staybridge and posted it on the Garden Weekend thread. Looks like $100 to $125 per night, without taking group or other discounts into consideration, but people could share a room & split the cost.
No, I have not posted this in the NE forum. I will look at that later today. We are very close to Hopewell. Actually, my DH works for Hopewell twp.
The NJ Flower & Garden show usually offers some good seminars included with the admission fee. I really like it because it is not as crowded at the Philly flower show. Granted, it's much smaller, but I don't like crowds.
Another good event is the Rutgers Home Garden School. They have some very good seminars. Let me see if I can find a link...here, this should work.
Thanks, Jen. Which campus is Rutgers' main campus? I'm going to look into the info on that class. Every time I prune something, the next time my arborist friend stops by, he tells me I did it improperly. Grrrrr, I just don't seem to be getting it.
LOL, Thanks, Susie. I guess there are mental blocks against pruning, sort of like how my brain couldn't process geometry! But, I do think it would be a worthwhile course. Gosh, Susie, it's a shame you missed our seed swap on Saturday. It wouldn't have been a very far drive for you.
Blackwater NWR, located near Cambridge, MD, hosts an Eagle Festival every year.
This year it is scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, 2010 and is the 10th anniversay of the event.
They have numerous captive birds of prey featured, including eagles and owls.
Copied from the Blackwater NWR website:
"8:00am - 4:00pm. Live eagle, peregrine falcon and other birds of prey programs, kid's programs, kid's bird box construction, puppet show, eagle prowls, bird walk, wildlife exhibits and live bird exhibits, and food all day."
Another link for more info: http://www.tourdorchester.org/attraction.php?attraction=13
Pennsylvania Garden Expo Harrisburg, Pa.
Friday Feb 26th thru Sunday Feb 28th http://www.pagardenexpo.org/
When this show first opened several years ago I was moderately impressed and thought it was a pretty nice show for a first show but I expected it to get better each year which it didn't. The largest and nicest displays were from landscapers that mostly were promoting hard-scape and were a bit lite on the plant material. There was a really beautiful pond display. There weren't a lot of vendors and about half of them didn't have anything to do with gardening. Then last year they didn't open at all and now this year it is run by a different promoter so I don't really know what it might be like.
Mid-Atlantic Garden Show York, Pa.
March 4th thru 7th http://www.midatlanticgardenshow.com/
A nice little show the largest displays aren't real big but they do have some nice plant material, displays from local garden clubs and interesting vendors that are mostly plant related.
I wouldn't travel very far to see either of these shows but if you live in the area they would make a nice evening or afternoon activity.
20th Annual Flower and Garden Festival
An annual event, a perennial experience
Date: 4/17/2010 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cost: $3 Suggested Donation
Location: Downtown Leesburg
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Historic Leesburg will once again be in full bloom as lush landscapes and gorgeous gardens fill the streets. Over 120 vendors will be on display featuring landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs, and so much more! Be sure to visit our new Demonstration Stage and take a stroll along Wirt Street as we introduce a new street of vendors. A variety of food, music, children’s entertainment, and crafts will be on hand to make this event a weekend not to miss; it’s an annual event and a perennial experience! For more information, please visit www.idalee.org or call 703-777-1368.
Leesburg is such a neat place and we've always heard this is an incredible festival! Unfortunately we've never been able to go because we're always in Alexandria that weekend :( Which reminds me, Critter I need to post the dates of the plant sales for everyone. There are several in the DC area which are close for some of you!
Gloucester Master Gardeners will host
tours of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. This
family has been in the business of
daffodils for three generations and the
forth is now on staff! Catch a tour bus
on the corner of Lewis and Main for the
one and one half hour trip. Tour fee is
$5/ person, tickets available at 8:30 am on Festival morning.
AHS annual Spring Garden Market Plant Sale
April 15 to17th. From their website:
"The American Horticultural Society’s Spring Garden Market features a variety of vendors of plants, garden supplies, garden art, and other related products. The Spring Garden Market at River Farm is one of the premiere plant sales in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with more than 2,000 shoppers last year. Click here to see pictures of last year’s Garden Market."
AHS Members’ Night Thursday, April 15,2010 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public Sale Friday, April 16, 2010 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Public Sale Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
April 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
New York Avenue parking lot
"The 18th annual Garden Fair offers an extensive selection of unusual plants, garden supplies, books, art, family activities, and more. National Arboretum staff members will answer your garden questions. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum. Free admission."
Pippi, I would add it if I knew about it... do you have a link to a thread here for it? Burtonsville, MD? Did I miss a post on this thread? Who is Henrietta? (I'm not good at remembering "real" names.)
Also, the last I knew, jfleming was planning to host a spring plant swap (for the more southern Mid-Atlantic folks) and Becky was going to give her a hand... but as far as I know we don't yet have a date for that, maybe mid-May?
Greenthumb, thanks for those links! I'll get them added to the top of the thread. :-)
Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=390
Forecast for later this week is great too! sunny 70's on Thursday
We attempted to go as few years go and accidentally went on the day of the biggest parades and street festival and a Saturday or Sunday--it was beyond mobbed, and we didn't know where to go...but what little we saw were beautiful. This Friday being Good Friday, it may be crowded too.
For all of those DG members who are in our area, please do come by, we have some of the most incredible plants that our member contribute to this sale. A new item that was a big hit last year were hanging baskets. We will also have gently used garden tools. Most plants are in the $3.00 - $5.00 range.
Come support us by stopping by to see if we have anything you might be interested.
This is our annual and only fund raising project that we currently have, hopefully later this year we will come up with another fund raiser.
If you come, please make sure to ask for me as I would love to meet other DG'ers.
The Morgan County, WV Master Gardeners sponsored Annual Plant Fair is held Friday, May 7th, 9am to 6pm and Saturday, May 8th, 9am to 4pm in the little Berkley Springs State Park in “downtown” Berkley Springs, WV. This plant sale is large and fills much of the open area in the little park, with at least a couple dozen vendors in addition to the Master Gardeners sales area. Prices vary from good to great and there is a wide selection plants: annuals, perennials, ferns, shrubs, natives, etc. Unfortunately I could not find a link giving more than the dates, times and location. It has been an excellent sale in past years. i.e. I've purchased really healthy, full, 10-12" tall azaleas for $5.
Don't forget, if you're planning to go to events around here.. start a thread, and maybe you'll be able to meet up with other DGers there. I'll try to catch any forum threads and link them to the events list, but I'd appreciate a nudge if I miss adding a link.
is there some way to get DG Admin to create a "sticky" calender of events that you (or some other designated person) could update on an on-going basis? More like a bulletin board than a thread, not for discussion but a listing kept at the top of the forum, like your second post in this thread.
Yes, making this thread a "sticky" should work fine for that purpose. I can drop admin a line to see what they think.
I appreciate that people have limited discussion on this thread, but there are still useful details posted here that would be lost if we went to a different format (plus, I don't think there's a way to post a calendar or bulletin board in that way, but stickying a thread is straightforward).
When the thread gets too long, we can just sticky a new on in its place... and as you suggested, perhaps people could take turns offering to manage the Events list.
Rawlings Conservatory's annual Chrysanthemum Display started Oct 31st and runs through Nov 21st. Located in Druid Hill Park just off i83. It's a great, little show, and friendly to seniors and disabled. Lots of benches and places to sit and rest a bit. Enjoy. Ric
Here's another fun event coming up soon - like this weekend! I haven't attended, but my next door neighbors went last year, loved it, and are planning to go again. We have visited the Cider Works on the premises, and enjoyed it very much.
I think it would be a great outing on a nice autumn day:
I am looking forward to visiting Hortulus Farm, a hundred acre, 18th Century farmstead and nursery operation, situated amidst the beautiful, rolling hills of historic Bucks County, PA and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Gardens Cooperative. Created and owned by world-famous garden and event designer Renny Reynolds and noted garden writer and author Jack Staub, Hortulus Farm has been called both "a garden of world-class charm" and "one of Pennsylvania's secret treasures". In 2000, the Hortulus Farm Foundation was created to insure that this distinguished property will continue to exist as a public garden and horticultural study center in perpetuity. The gardens and museum at Hortulus Farm are open for tours from May to October.
I am anxious to see what plants I can find in their nursery.
Suzie ... I only learned about Hortulus Farm this fall. I have never been there ... maybe we can arrange to go there on the same day.
I never heard of Fordhook Farm ... need to check that out.
Have you ever been to Pennsbury Manor (former estate of William Penn) ... best tour I have ever experience ... if you put a visit there on your agenda, let me know ... I would enjoy going again ... it is very close to me ... but a challenge to find ...esp if you use a GPS or any internet map directions ... all their directions involve roads with detours that do not get you there ... but if you call them ... they will strive to give you directions that will get you there.
I see I need to catch up and get the first post updated! I also need to finalize our date for the midwinter seed swap in Frederick and start a thread... probably Feb. 19, or maybe Feb. 27. Next year I'll try to be ready the first week in Feb, but this year that wasn't quite happening. :-)
And I'll bring a couple door prizes. Dunno if I have any plants to swap but I do have seeds & that should work!!! Becky, your caudex plants you gave me last year are doing great!! I have a little section of bench just for them: "Caudex City." LOLOLOL. Will have to take pix when they wake up. Thanks again. Looking forward to this swap. It helps me get closer to Spring.
Plant sale by Mount Laurel Garden Club at the Mt Laurel library, Sat April 30, 9am-noon. Plants are very cheap and go very fast. Mostly perennials, some coleus and a few annuals. Rain or Shine.
- Proceeds go towards college scholarship for local HS Senior.
I realize that this is not particularly convenient in time or location for most (myself included), but The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the (US Fish & Wildlife) National Conservation Training Center are co-sponsoring a presentation about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug at 7:00 PM the evening of Wednesday, February 9.
"Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.
The presenter will be Dr. Tracy Leskey, entomologist at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville.
Dr. Leskey and her colleagues at the Research Station are in the forefront of
research into the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and she co-chairs a special USDA
working group that is trying to find ways to respond to the problems the insect
The HCTC is about 5 miles outside of Sheperdstown, WV
Special presentations at the Loudon Extension Service!
(copied from Dmail -- thanks!)
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. Find out how you can encourage bees in your landscape, and learn about the natural history and diversity of native bees and their contributions to wild plants, agriculture and back yard gardens during this special presentation by T'ai Roulston. This program is being offered by and being held at the Loudoun Extension Office, Leesburg.
"Bringing Nature Home" by Doug Tallamy
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Ida Lee Park, downstairs meeting room). Gardening in our crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore. Because our gardens and managed landscapes are part of the world that sustains humans and the life around us, we must give thoughtful consideration to what we plant in our gardens and how these choices impact the environment. We can no longer view plants only as ornaments but must consider all of their roles and their intricate relationships with animals and insects. Tallamy will discuss the importance of native plants in our landscapes, emphasize the benefits of designing gardens with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Don't miss this opportunity to hear this inspiring and enlightening message in person! This free program is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Questions: contact Laura McGranaghan at email@example.com.
Hooray! Looks like we've got two plant swaps underway for spring, which will be really good for our more northern & our more southern members being able to make it to one or the other. (The VA swap doesn't have a thread posted yet; I'll add a link above when it does.)
I went once, about six years ago and poorly planned. Others here may have better tips on which Metro stations are good, or which days or times.
Here's a link to the article in today's Washington Post with details on the scheduled events and travel tips for the Cherry Blossom Festival, which will run from March 26 to April 10th. Peak bloom is expected to be around March 29-April 3, but a few warm days can change that drastically! As the time gets closer, the Post will have updates each day.
My personal experience is that if at all possible, weekdays are much better than weekends, and Metro is the only way to go! I'm quite fortunate that I live close enough that I can watch the weather and when a beautiful sunny day appears, I pack the camera, some water, and hit the Metro for a delightful blossom peeping photo expedition - and the people-watching isn't bad either! LOL!
My dad swears that the best way to see the cherry blossoms is to get up very early on a weekend morning so you're downtown by or before 6 am... nobody else is around, and you can drive around and see all the beautiful blossoms, monuments, etc. You could probably even find street parking if you wanted to get out and walk around a little, but he wasn't there for the "sights" generally just for the cherry blossom views.
Of course, you don't see any of the "festival" that way, and I think there's generally a good bit going on, better some years than others.
Jill, I'm sure your Dad's plan would still be a good one. We had neighbors years ago who did that, even on a weekday, and it worked for them. Street parking might be a little tougher now, since they've changed the meter schedules, so guess you'd have to be very aware of when they begin enforcing parking.
I love walking around the blossoms, getting up close and personal (see photo) Even on a crowded weekday afternoon, there are plenty of spots to either just sit and enjoy, and lots of photo ops to be had as you stroll around.
Wow that your Dad can get down there so early - from your house?!!!! Kudos to him!
Another interesting talk in Leesburg, VA. This is sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardeners.
April 7. The Miracle of Spring, Our Native Wildflowers, Carol Ivory, Loudoun County Master Gardener. Carol started hiking the C&O Canal towpath in 2000 and couldn't help but fall in love with the native wildflowers along the Potomac. For the past 5 years she has been identifying and studying the wild flowers at Balls Bluff Regional Park. Learn about the great variety of wild flowers found at Balls Bluff and where you can buy native wildflowers that will do well in your garden.
Unless otherwise specified, all Association Meetings are held at 7 PM at the Loudoun County Extension Office, 30 Catoctin Circle SE, Suite B, Leesburg, VA 20175. Lower Level Conference Room.
Association meetings focus on a speaker of interest and are open to the general public.
Free Pollinator Film on Tuesday May 10 at 7:00 pm in Shepherdstown, WV
On Tuesday May 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm The National Conservation Training Center will present the midatlantic Premiere of of the new film Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? Filmmaker Taggart Siegel will introduce his new film and take questions from the audience. The screening will take place at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. This film is co-sponsored by the American Conservation Film Festival, Fresh and Local Community Supported Agriculture, and The Locavore Project – WV.
Queen of The Sun is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists around the world, all struggling for the survival of the bees. The film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping creating an engaging, alarming and ultimately uplifting film that weaves together a dramatic story that uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
An independent filmmaker since the mid-1980’s, Taggart Siegel is best known as the director of the 2006 grass-roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. This critically acclaimed feature documentary about a maverick visionary farmer, won 31 international film festivals awards and was released theatrically around the world.
The presentation is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of a monthly series of "NCTC Conservation Lectures” held at the National Conservation Training Center. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or check out our web page at: http://training.fws.gov/history/publiclectures.html
Herb Festival on Saturday, May 28 - the Conservatory will be selling spring bulbs and annual plants. Volunteers will be needed to work the following shifts: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (unloading van - must be done by 9, so please be at our site by 8), setting up, selling); 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (selling); 1 - 4 p.m. (selling, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., shutting down and loading van). Our site is near the Food tents and Crimea Mansion. The event goes on rain or shine; bring water and dress for whatever weather is forecast for the day. We need multiple volunteers for all time slots. Leaking Park is on Windsor Mill Road, near with intersection with Forest Park Ave, close to Kernan Hospital.
DATE: 5/28/2011 (Sat.)
LOCATION: Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Rd & Forest Park
Last time we went there was a guy set up with a scale model coal fired train, the size that people sit on and ride.
Here's a link to lectures, there are also two bluegrass bands on the program http://www.baltimoreherbfestival.com/program.htm
Was wondering if anybody would be interested in a trip to Lancaster County for a day; We would be going to the Mennonite nursery where I get my rare plants (variegated Dogwood plants, Variegated Rose of Sharon, Variegated Lily of the valley and other neat stuff she has? Then going to another huge Mennonite nursery that has plants we don't have here in Cumberland County, and finally stopping at the Shady Maple Restaurant, also run by Mennonites, that has two Humongeous buffets and a dessert bar that is not only large & lots of selections but has a big sugar free section, as well. Let me know if there is any interest and I can set up a thread for it. Thanks. and if we have time, I can take you to a nursery near us that has only shade plants all hardy here.
Haven't ever been to any of them, but that doesn't stop me from recommending the Christmas tree farm (I talked to the son of the owner about it, and it's a fascinating business), and Yankey Farms, which sells tasty produce locally.
One of these days, my schedule will be such that I can make it to one of the events I post! Sounds pretty cool, plus there is free food. For what more could one wish?
"Agricultural Options for the Small Landowner
Virginia State University and Virginia Cooperative Extension in Prince William are hosting a panel discussion to explore a range of growing and marketing strategies for small landowners. This workshop is targeted to the new, beginning and part-time farmer who is interested in creating and maximizing profits from their land. A particular focus will be on the availability of resources open to the new grower who is still learning what to grow, how to increase production and how to sell it at a profit.
Thursday, November, 10, 2011, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, at the Old Courthouse, 9246 Lee Street, Manassas VA 20110-5073
REGISTRATION REQUESTED - call 703-792-7747 or e-mail email@example.com
THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
6:30 pm - Meet and Greet (light refreshments provided)
7:00 pm - Guided panel discussion
8:15 pm - Question and answer session
Refreshments kindly sponsored by Farm Bureau and Farm Credit
The panel will include:
Francis Ngoh, a shitake mushroom farmer from Goldvein, VA; selling product to Whole Foods Market and developing his organic certification
Rick Crofford, an asparagus and berry grower from Botha VA; Part-time grower, producing 6 acres; marketing through an online produce supply
Jay Yankey, a mixed produce farmer from Nokesville, VA; selling seasonally at farm and markets stands, wholesale, and CSA"
Butterflies in Winter ― Sunday, January 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Registration Required. Location is Rust Library in Leesburg. Did you leave your garden a little "messy" at the end of the season? Well, hidden in old flower stems or tucked away in a hibernaculum, an egg or caterpillar may be waiting out the chill. And what about the adults? Well - there just may be butterflies in that leaf pile!Where do butterflies go in the winter? How do they hibernate? In what form? How does a miniscule egg form into a beautiful creature of flight? Can you raise butterfly eggs to adulthood for release? Nicole Hamilton will answer all of these questions, show you some overwintering chrysalids and more! Learn how you can help butterfly populations and encourage butterflies to over-winter in your very own backyard. For those interested, following the program, we'll walk around the habitat restoration area and see what signs of butterflies we can find. This free program is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Sign up online. For questions, contact Nicole Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
If there's any interest in a lunch & plant/seed swap
in the Greater Philly area please let me know.
I'm thinking perhaps the 2nd or 3rd week in April and
holding it in a restaurant near the Christmas Tree Shop
in Cherry Hill, NJ, but I'm open to suggestions as well.
Great idea! We need more Mid-Atlantic swaps and parties in different locations and different times... everybody can't attend every event, much as we'd like to, but the more events we have the more likely that at least one of them will work for you. It's a blast to meet "in person" some of the folks you've come to know online. Thanks, Cris!
Cris, could you please start an "interest" or an "organization" thread for it in the Mid-Atlantic forum? I'll add a link to the first post in this thread.
I'm going to check date/cost with Chef Lin tomorrow, and then I'll put up the threads for the "Think Spring!" seed swap in Frederick. I made a couple of cute thumbnail photos for them today. :-) If you're unable to attend the Frederick or Philly area swaps, it may be possible to participate by mail (at least in the Feb. swap). People have taken part in the Frederick swap this way in the past, by pairing up with a volunteer "seed fairy" who will be at the swap (and essentially act as their proxy).
Thanks, Sally, I'll sure take you up on that! I seem to go in six different directions at once during these things, so it's great to have that taken care of. It's also good to know you're planning to come! (note to Cris... delegation is good! :-)
I think a seed/plant swap sounds like great fun and I'd love to attend if it's not Apr 28, which is the date of our garden club plant sale in Mt. Laurel. I'd like it better if it was into the first part of May though. I have coleus I could bring, but sometimes it's too cold for them to be outside in Apr. I t hink the location of Cherry Hill, NJ near Christmas Tree Shop would be ideal.
One of the reasons I'm leaning towards the 3rd week of April is
that the last "frost" date is around the 15th. So for those who still
want seeds it won't be too late to plant yet for those of us who start
early we'll have seedlings to share.
It also is after all the holy days for the month no-one is excluded.
Will double post this in the "Philly Interest" post in the Mid-Atlantic
April 28 the Mt. Laurel Garden Club is having it's annual plant sale. Plants are really inexpensive. Mostly perennials, some coleus and other annuals. It's at the Mt. Laurel Library, 100 Whitman in Mt. Laurel, from 9am to noon. Frequently we sell out by 11am.
Just off Rt 38.
Sale is outside the library near the front door. There is also a used book sale taking place inside the library. Plant sale takes place rain or shine. Plants range from $2 to about $7. Can't guarantee nothing over $7, but MOST are $2 to $7. Mostly perennials, a few annuals, including coleus.
Hey Cris and Coleuslover maybe you all should combineevents for the Philly/Cherryhill area and attent Mt Laurel event and then meet for lunch somewhere yummy nearby where requests could be traded and "Look what I got buys exclaimed upon. Lots less formal , too. Just a thought. Judy
Gita, we aren't called the "Garden State" for no reason...we don't have that much industry left here everything has moved out because this is the WORST state to own a business in
We are also a high lawsuit state and if there was an accident and someone drowned they would sue the land owner, his brothers, father and hair dresser, so that is the MAIN reason you can't go swimming just anywhere
I lived on a lake for most of my life and my dad had brought in a water sample to have it tested, they said it was cleaner than most drinking water.
Why does Washington, DC have so many lawyers and New Jersey so much toxic waste?
Answer - New Jersey got to choose first.
Actually, much of N.J. is rural, and some such as the Deleware Water Gap area is rugged and wild. The entire state gets a bad rap due to heavy industrial areas that greatly pre-dated environmental awareness and regulation.
Sally, after living in "Trenun" for almost 5 years, I thought the same when I visited Baltimore the first time. LOL
When the Crane Pottery Works burned (approx. 1 square city block) in '71 they closed Route 1 because of the huge LNG tanks on the other side of the highway.The fire was so big the firemen were spraying the tanks to cool them and the orange glow could be seen from Yardley, Pa. about 6 miles up the river. Ric
York's show is next weekend. It's better and more reasonable than Harrisburg. Siskel gave Harrisburg's show 2 thumbs down. LOL
Here's the link for York: http://www.pagsy.com/
the acronym is Pennsylvania Garden Show York, and is new, probably so they aren't confused with Harrisburg. ROFL Ric
Jill, I don't know if you are aware of this but there are some bus trips going from Behnke's in Beltsville on Tuesday, March 6, leaving at 8 am and returning at 7 pm..organized by Washington Garden magazine. You can find the information on Behnke.com and also there is a bus running from downtown Silver Spring, on Wednesday, March 7th. You can contact Kathy Jentz, Editor of the magazine and President of Silver Spring Garden Club for details on the Silver Spring bus. You may reach her at 301-588-6894 or through email..email@example.com
Years ago when our son lived in NJ, outside of Philadelphia, we took the train in from Lindenwold on a Saturday and it was so crowded, you couldn't get near the exhibits and with winter coats on, you couldn't breathe in there. Taking the bus is a great idea and leave the driving to them! Going midweek, you might avoid those weekend crowds..Also you figure parking up there and cost of gas that continues to rise; it might be cheaper to take the bus. Just a thought!
The Pennsylvania Garden Show York is pretty good, it's a shame they did not attract as many vendors as Harrisburg, but then again they are competing with the opening of Philly.
The hardscape was much the same as others but these guys are, in the words of one exhibitor, "passionate" about plantscape as well. The plant material is of good quality, used appropriately and creatively. Water features were popular as usual with the trend for pondless displays found in a few exhibits.
Penn State, York Extension office had a informative and visually pleasing display on urban and container gardening, with plenty of Master Gardeners on hand for Q&A.
The demonstration area was well used by DIYers, Ticket prices were reasonable and parking is free. Lighting was better than most shows and Moon Light Times gives the visitor an idea of the garden at night.
Kudos to Rick Jacobus the event's promoter for adding a splash of color to the York area, a great kickoff to spring.
We are preparing for our spring flower show, which will be up from March 31-April 15, 2012. We are also planning another preview event for Friday, March 30. Mark your calendars, and dust off your favorite ’60s era outfit, as we get ready for “Flower Power.” This time, with costumes!
The flower show is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, call 410-396-0008.
Please add the 9th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium to the event listing. April 13 & 14 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT. For enthusiastic home gardeners in zones 3 - 7. Topics incldue organic gardening, landscaping & garden design, natives, perennials, annuals, tropicasl and much more. Nationally recognized speakers. Check it out at http://www.pyours.com/symposium . Kerry Ann
Time for the Rawlings Spring Show---and other events coming up.
Visit our online events calendar.
March 24 - BCA Plant Workshop, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m, Planning your Spring Garden. For this class, we examine the ingredients of successful gardening - light, soil, moisture, room to grow, and design elements - and help you create a plan to carry you from spring to fall. Fee: $10.
March 25 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., "Science Demonstration." Join Dr. Alan Stone for demonstrations and items on display to learn just how smart seeds are! Look at what seeds do to ensure their success when growing. Explore the connection between plants, science, and even engineering.
March 30 - Spring Flower Display Preview Fundraiser Party, 6 - 8 p.m, dust off your favorite 60s era costumes and join us for a sneak peek of the show, music, and light fare. Cost: $20, purchase tickets through the Friends of Druid Hill Park.
March 31 - April 15 - Spring Flower Display, Flower Power. Tiptoe through the tulips, hyacinths, lilies, daffodils, and muscari as we celebrate the '60s days of Flower Power. The show is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
April 1 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., "Ask a Master Gardener." Find out how to keep your plants happy and thriving (Theme: Bulbs).
April 7 - BCA Plant Workshop, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Edible Landscaping. Urban Farmhouse Edible Landscapes owner Chrissa Carlson will provide an overview of strategies and plant combinations that will keep your food garden beautiful and productive all season long. Fee: $10.
April 8 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., "Exploration Station." Elementary-aged children and youth experience fun and educational hands-on gardening with a project to take home (Theme: Bulbs).
April 12 - Lovely Lilies at the Conservatory Photography Workshop, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., local amateur photographer Jerome Golder leads a workshop focusing on the Conservatory's annual spring flower display. Fee: $10. Contact: e-mail Joann Cason or call 410-396-2920. Brought to you by Recreation and Parks' Senior Citizens Division.
April 14 - BCA Plant Workshop, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Elements of Container Design. Learn how to create dramatic containers using annuals, perennials and even small trees and shrubs. We'll have samples of sun, shade and edible gardens to help spark your imagination. Fee: $10
April 15 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., "Sprouts." Introduce your pre-k and early elementary-aged children to the world of plants with a craft activity followed by story time. Story hour begins at 2:30, and all children must be accompanied by an adult (Theme: Bulbs).
April 21 - EcoFest, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The 9th annual Baltimore EcoFest is returning to Druid Hill Park, on the Conservatory lawn. The Conservatory will be hosting three "earth-friendly" workshops:
1:00 Master Gardeners & Bay-Wise gardening
2:00 Urban Gardening with Baltimore City Farms
3:00 Worm Composting workshop with the City Naturalist
April 22 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., "Science Demonstration." Join Dr. Alan Stone for demonstrations and items on display. Explore the interconnections between plants, science, and even engineering (Theme: Bulbs).
April 22 - Baltimore Orchard Project Kick Off Event, 2-4 p.m. Learn about this new project, and get involved! The Orchard Project encourages the planting of fruit trees and organizes a network to glean surplus fruit from neighborhood trees. This event is part of Baltimore Green Week and includes a free raffle of fruit trees donated by Tree Baltimore.
April 28 - BCA Plant Workshop, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Vertical Gardening. Vertical gardening is a brilliant solution for space-strapped urban dwellers. Learn about vertical gardens and see examples of ones you can use indoors or out. Fee: $10.
April 29 - Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., "Free Guided Tours of the Conservatory." Admission donations are still greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all the best, and hoping to see you at the Conservatory soon!
Rawlings Conservatory staff & volunteer team
The NJDEP Division of Wildlife, in collaboration with the Division of Parks and Forestry's NJ Forest Nursery, be giving away 20 tree and shrub seedlings to schools with outdoor classrooms April 23-25. These plants are available for PICK UP ONLY at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County.
The tree selection includes: Northern Red Oak, Eastern Redbud, Paw Paw, Persimmon, Shadbush and White Pine. The shrub selection includes: Arrowwood Viburnum, Elderberry, Red Osier Dogwood and Black Chokeberry. All of these plants are native to New Jersey and benefit wildlife.
Schools interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Liz Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-637-4125 with your tree selection and pick up time. Remaining plants will be made available to the general public on a first come, first serve basis April 25-27. Each household may select up to 10 plants.
Native Plant Society of New Jersey Annual Meeting
"Restoring the Garden State: What is Being Done and What You Can Do"
Join us as conservation experts from around the state highlight habitat restoration projects and tell us how we can help restore and preserve NJ's native habitats. Participating organizations include Saddler's Woods Conservation Association, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and NJ Quail Project. Saturday March 31 from 9:30 - 4:00.
Bowman's Hill 2012 Spring Native Plant Sale
Friday, May 4 – This free event, for Preserve members only, kicks off the annual Spring Native Plant Sale.
1-2 p.m. Evelyn Hadden speaks on no-mow yards with native plants.
2-7 p.m. Members' Day plant sale open.
Open to Public and Preserve Members:
Sat. May 5 & Sun. May 6 through Sat. May 12 & Sun. May 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
Plants also are available for purchase during the week.
From the web page: "Bring your family and friends to Merrimac Farm on Sunday, April 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, to welcome spring and celebrate wildlife.
This year's Bluebell Festival has a greater focus on wildlife and history... due to the extreme warm temperatures this winter, the Bluebells and other wildflowers are early bloomers this year.
There's so much more to see at Merrimac Farm! With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we're looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area. We hope you can join us."
Baltimore County Master Gardener Plant Sale May 12
The event will take place at the Center for MD Agriculture Baltimore County at 1114 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030.
The sale begins at 9AM and will end at 2 PM unless we sell out before that time. In addition to the perennials and shrubs on the list we also will have many flats of annuals. The event will take place rain or shine.
Photos, plant lists for both ornamentals and vegetable plants are posted in the Plant Sale tab on our website which is attached. We have a long list of different plants - some we may have one - others we many so come early for the best selection.
Is anyone interested in an ad hoc get together? An ice storm sort of quashed the last attempt to visit Rawlings and do lunch, however, I think we may have had 7 brave (crazy) souls make it. Rawlings isn't big (possibly an hour and a half tops) and donations of $5 are requested. We haven't been to inner harbor in awhile, but are open to suggestions for lunch. Ric
Trying to catch everyone up! All links checked and working!!! Ric
Friday, Feb 22 – Sunday, Feb 24, 2013
PA Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg http://www.jmexpo.com/pagardenexpo/default.php
Maryland Home and Garden
March 2-3 & 8-10, 2013
MARYLAND STATE FAIRGROUNDS
TIMONIUM, MARYLAND http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring
They also have a large craft fair, I'm not sure about this year but last year the orchid society had a large show also. The orchid show is only the 2nd weekend. Ric
Mark your calendars now for a trip to the PA Garden Show of York, one of York’s all-time favorite events. This year, our show opens Friday March 1 and runs through Sunday March 3, 2013. We are also planning an all new show theme for this must-see event, “Nature’s Symphony”. http://pagsy.com/
And finally the Jewel of them all:
The 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday, March 2: 11 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 3: 8 am - 9:30 pm
Mon, March 4 - Fri, March 8: 10 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 9: 8 am - 9:30 pm http://theflowershow.com/
Sunday, March 10: 8 am - 6 pm
Marlene just Dmailed me with another event we need to put on our calendars, especially for anybody in the DC area!
I was browsing the list of events posted and I didn't see the National Arboretum Spring Sale posted. I've gone for the past few years (must remember to leave the credit card at home this year:) I always see new things to try.
In case anyone is interested, here is the info:
Garden Fair & Plant Sale
April 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Friends of the National Arboretum members only
April 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Open to the public
April 27, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Open to the public
The 23nd annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale features new, rare, and hard-to-find plants, garden supply vendors, used books, children's activities, refreshments, entertainment, and more. Bring your garden questions to National Arboretum staff members for expert advice. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA). Call FONA at 202-544-8733 for more information. Free admission.
The Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore also has a "Market Day" in the Spring.
The grounds are very spacious and meander all over. Acres and acres...
It is like a Flea market heavy on plant sales...LOTS of plants for sale!
Besides--Rawlings sells all their bulbs there from the Spring Bulb Show they hold in April.
The potted bulbs, from the show, are left to "mature" and then the bulbs are removed
and sorted out. I went once to help them do this--lots of work!
Anyway--that year--they sold these bulbs 3/$1. Their bulbs, every year, are ordered
straight from Switzerland--ALL top quality and the latest varieties.
That is the year they also sold growing cuttings from my Maya Brug that I donated them.
The year it grew to 7'x7'...Remember the monster pictures??? Sept. 2009 ...
I don't have a date to give you--but...
the Bulb Show is some time in April--so the Market Day is, probably, in May some time.
The only number I have for Cylburn is: 410-396-0180. You can call and ask.
...Marlene---Yooo---Hooo---How does this grab you????
Jill, I've been remiss at checking on DG this winter. How did the seed swap go this year and how many attended? Sorry I couldn't come. Maybe next year. Are there any pictures posted on here of the event?
Pippi, the seed swap was great fun! We ended up with about 2 dozen people, although unfortunately we lost Buttoneer & Bobbin early on (before lunch! which she's still mourning. :-) There's still some follow-up chat going on here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1292205/#new but I don't know if anybody remembered to get their cameras out at all this time... I always bring mine and then get busy busy and forget it's in my purse. :-7
Check the list at the top of this thread... we have all sorts of things going on this spring!!
Spring Show at Rawlings Conservatory. This is usually their Bulb Display.
March 23-April 7.
Below is the link to their Newsletter with all the information. Gita
OOPS! The link I posyed does not show anything--Here--I tried to c/p the whole newsletter---
Lets see if that works...
OK! The text is all there--but not the beautiful, color of the Event...
Hope you can get the info from this.
March 2013 Newsletter
You are invited to our Spring Flower display (March 23 - April 7) and our Preview Party Fundraiser (March 22)! We look forward to bringing you exciting activities and events over our 125th anniversary year that will celebrate the Conservatory's past and keep its future blooming. Check our calendar for a schedule of the year's activities.
March 23 - April 7 - Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Enchanted Forest Springs Again! Join us as we celebrate the Conservatory's 125th year and take a leap back in time to revisit another favorite Baltimore destination. This year's spring show is inspired by the historic Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City - where the fairy tale continues, "happily ever after." We have partnered with Clark's Elioak Farm, current home to many of the original Enchanted Forest's collection of buildings and characters. This year's display will bring back memories of whales, clocks, castles and more! For the show's opening day, little kids and big kids will have the chance to participate in creating some spring-themed crafts.
Join us on March 22nd, 6 - 8 p.m., for our annual spring show Preview Party Fundraiser, featuring thousands of flowering bulbs on display. Be among the first to see the show, enjoy light fare and mingle with friends. $25 per person in advance. $30 per person at the door. All proceeds directly benefit the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. Online ticket sales are powered by Paypal, through our partners, the Friends of Druid Hill Park. Stop by any time we are open to purchase tickets in person.
Purchase tickets here.
News and Upcoming Events
Chesapeake Collectibles (MPT's answer to "Antiques Roadshow") featured the Conservatory on their latest episode! The program will re-run tonight (Saturday) on MPT-HD at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. on MPT-2. Or stream the episode any time on-line! Rhea Fiken begins her introduction of the Conservatory at about 12:45 into the program.
Tomorrow, Sunday, March 10 at Cylburn Arboretum, join us for a rentals open house. Drop in any time between 1 and 4 p.m. to meet vendors and learn about the lovely venues the Horticulture Division of Recreation and Parks have to offer!
We are gearing up for the 3rd season of the Druid Hill Farmers' Market! We are forming committees now to help recruit farmers, schedule musicians, and plan programming. Join us and the Friends of Druid Hill Park at our next meeting, March 15st, 1 p.m. at the Conservatory.
It is an excellent time of year for orchids, and the Mediterranean house is in its peak season. The first jasmine blossoms have appeared in the Tropical House! Stop by for colorful blooms and sweet smells. See a preview of your next visit here .
Don't miss our Plants and People programs this month! Of particular note, this month has a fifth Sunday, which means free guided tours on March 31st, which is also during the Spring Flower display. Join us between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. to learn about our collections and enjoy the flower display.
Keep up to date on our 125th anniversary celebrations by visiting our calendar of events, as well as our 125th page.
Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap
Saturday, April 27 from 10am-2pm
Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Herb and vegetable seedlings may also be exchanged. Invasive plants will not be accepted; a good list and further information is available at www.njisst.org For more information, call (732) 671-6050.
U.S. National Arboretum to Reduce Public Visitation Hours
Effective the week of May 13, 2013, the U.S. National Arboretum will implement cost-cutting and expenditure recovery measures, including closing the grounds of the Arboretum to the general public three days per week--Tuesday through Thursday--and reinstating some user and rental fees. Cumulative declines in appropriations over the past several years, including a 7.8 percent across-the-board budget cut arising from sequestration and rescission of 2013 appropriations in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, of which the National Arboretum is a research location, necessitated the action. For more information visit: http://www.usna.usda.gov/USNA-Reduced-Visitation-Hours.pdf
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Plant and Seedlings Sale Natives Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902, 301-962-1400. I stopped by today and the plants look in great shape and folks were very friendly. I brought home 10 in quart containers and 6 in gallon pots. (Hope I have added this appropriately as I'm a newbie)