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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.

  • Tool Sharpening

  • Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 2:00-5:00 pm

    Sundays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 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.
  • Bonsai-Soil and Root Pruning

  • March 3, 9:00 am

  • Today’s demo with Martha will center on root pruning, potting, re-potting and giving attendees a lesson on soils and fertilizers for their bonsai trees.
  • Seed Starting

  • March 3, 11:00 am

  • What, when, where and how to grow seeds is the subject of today’s seminar given by our seed specialist, Donna Steele. Learn to start seeds for tomato transplants, milkweed, basil and other plants so that they are ready for the garden in May.
  • Early Spring Container Garden

  • March 10, 9:00 am

  • Create a potted garden, with guidance from our staff, that will handle the season’s fluctuating temperatures outside, while maintain beautiful texture and color. Pot, soil, fertilizer and plants included. Cost: $30.00
  • How to Grow a Deer and Rabbit Resistant Perennial Garden

  • March 10, 11:00 am

  • We share our land with deer and rabbits, but are tired of sharing our garden too! Learn which perennials are animal resistant and/or how to repel them from your garden. Robert Scott has a plan to share with frustrated gardeners.
  • How to Kill a Tree

  • March 17, 9:00 am

  • Trees are a huge investment in time and expense. Seth F, our chief tree and shrub planter/installer has seen some surefire ways to kill a tree. He will share some anecdotal evidence of what not to do to keep trees alive and thriving. Seth has a wonderful sense of humor that he will share as he goes through the dos and don’ts of tree care.
  • Square Foot Garden 4 U and Raised Beds

  • March 17, 11:00 am

  • Speaker Kim Roman teaches the techniques featured in Mel Bartholomew’s classic, The Square Foot garden. Our own Jeff M joins her in discussing raised bed gardening, especially for vegetables.
  • Growing Fruit Trees Including Citrus and Bananas

  • March 24, 9:00 am

  • Growing edible fruit in our own yards is extraordinarily gratifying. Learn to grow a diverse range of fruit trees, including apples, peaches, plums, pears, kiwi, lemons, limes and more. Speakers: Scott C and Eric R
  • Herb Gardening

  • March 24, 11:00 am

  • Basil is America’s favorite herb and Joann Weber knows all the secrets to growing it and scores of other herbs. She’ll share her favorite varieties and provide tips for success for traditional and container herb gardening.
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • March 31, 9:00 am

  • It’s time to break out the filters, check on the plants and fish and get the ponds going again. Our water garden manager, Tim McQuaid, has all the information pond enthusiasts need to start things up again.
  • Spring Lawn Clinic

  • March 31, 11:00 am

  • Join our own experts for information to get your lawn green and growing. We’ll discuss the best seed, fertilizer, crabgrass and weed controls and other amendments to use to make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood. Speaker: Nathan Salupo and John James
  • Bonsai-Create a Tropical Bonsai Workshop

  • April 7, 9:00 am

  • Participants will learn how to wire, prune, pot and care for a tropical bonsai, suitable for growing indoors (or outdoors for the summer). Cost of materials is $35.00. Tools will be available to borrow. Thanks in advance to the Baltimore Bonsai members who help out during this and all the create-your-own classes.
  • Native Plantings are for the Birds

  • April 7, 11:00 am

  • Learn about native plantings and how they can create an environment for birds and other wildlife. Susan Creamer is our guest speaker from the DC Chapter of the Audubon Society.
  • New Annuals, Perennials and Tropicals 2018

  • April 9, 7:00 pm

  • What’s new? How about more colors of our old favorites, more disease resistant perennials, longer blooming tropicals and great choices for hanging baskets and containers? We’ll be talking about all of them in today’s seminar.
  • Maintaining a Beautiful Perennial Garden

  • April 14, 9:00 am

  • Learn when to cut-back, deadhead and divide perennial plants for optimum bloom and growing year ‘round. Robert Scott will provide hints and tips through a monthly garden calendar.
  • An Introduction to Water Gardening

  • April 21, 9:00 am

  • Water gardens attract butterflies, hummingbirds, frogs, birds and dragonflies to the yard, providing natural insect control and enjoyment for the homeowner. Learn a bit about this fascinating gardening hobby from Tim McQuaid, Valley View’s water garden manager.
  • Landscape Design Basics

  • April 21, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to design a foundation planting and how to create an inviting entrance to your home. Melanie Hotham will talk about some of these elements, offering a tour of the nursery department after the class.
  • Growing a Variety of Summer Vegetables/Tomato Tornado IV

  • April 28, 9:00 am

  • Tomatoes and peppers rank as America’s favorite vegetable plants. Learn to grow them and others successfully during today’s class. Plant lists will be provided describing over 100 varieties to help gardeners decide which might be best for their gardens.
  • How to Select and Care for Roses

  • April 28, 11:00 am

  • Roses are our National Flower. Learn from Cynthia Mann about the various types of roses and how to use them in the landscape. Find out about shrub roses, hybrid teas, climbers and how to best care for them in the garden.

No time for seminars...get out in your garden!

  • Bonsai-Deciduous Trees Workshop

  • June 2, 9:00 am

  • Members of the Baltimore Bonsai Club will be on hand to demonstrate and assist attendees working with deciduous trees including Elms and Maples. Here’s an opportunity to learn their growing habits, and how to prune to produce caliper and proper root radiation.
  • Growing Flowers for Cutting

  • June 2, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to grow and select flowers for cutting. Jeff Mace will introduce bulbs, annuals, biennials, perennials trees and shrubs that will produce almost year-round flowers.
  • Water Garden Installation

  • June 9, 9:00 am

  • Learn to install your own water garden, enhancing your home landscape while creating a delightful place to relax. Tim McQuaid will give participants the knowledge and information to complete a beautiful backyard pond.
  • Summer Container Gardening

  • June 9, 11:00 am

  • Summer annuals and tropical plants are at their peak. Learn how to combine texture and color, foliage and flowers, to create a knockout summer garden in a pot. Ruth Engel will be our inspirational designer.
  • Create a Culinary Herb Garden

  • June 16, 9:00 am

  • Joann & Jeff, our herb specialists, will assist gardeners in planting their own herb garden. You’ll have a choice of A Salsa Garden, The Herbs of Tuscany, A Tea Lover’s Garden and several others. There will be a materials fee.
  • Right Plant, Right Place

  • June 16, 11:00 am

  • Choosing the right plants for our gardening and landscape projects is one important way to ensure success in our gardens. Melanie Hotham and Cynthia Mann, from our nursery and perennial department, will be on hand to talk about the right conditions for a number of trees, shrubs and perennials.
  • Bugs, Slugs and Other Garden Thugs

  • June 23, 9:00 am

  • Control insects in the garden using a variety of techniques, known as Integrated Pest Management. Nathan will suggest ways to deal with insects using pesticides, if necessary, but also looking at the cultural needs of plants. Bring along any signs of pest damages or the pest themselves for a diagnosis and solution of problems in the garden.
  • Bonsai-All about Pines

  • July 7, 9:00 am

  • Learn more from Martha about the Pinus species and all of the different forms and varieties that grow well in our area. She will also discuss pruning, wiring and general upkeep of the trees.
  • Bonsai from Nursery Stock

  • August 4, 9:00 am

  • Martha will lead a tour of our nursery yard to find good specimens for bonsai. She will also talk about some of the companion plants for bonsai.
  • Bonsai Show and Tell

  • September 1, 9:00 am

  • Bring your plants in to share your successes, challenges, and care and training ideas with Martha and other bonsai enthusiasts. Here is a chance to brag a little and learn a lot from each other.
  • Fall Garden and Container Designs

  • September 8, 9:00 am

  • Freshen up fall perennial gardens and containers with the addition of autumn blooms and color. We’ll also look at trees and shrubs to add to containers and landscapes now.
  • Fall Lawn Clinic

  • September 15, 9:00 am

  • Fall is the BEST time to seed a new lawn or repair an existing one. Nathan will discuss which fertilizers, seed and weed control to use for fantastic results now and next spring.
  • Lesser Known Bulbs

  • September 22, 9:00 am

  • Let’s explore the bulb world beyond tulips and daffodils. Camassia, eryanthis, various muscari and crocus varieties add color to the early spring garden and can be tucked into the nooks and crannies of existing gardens. Carrie will provide handouts and a PowerPoint presentation.

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