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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-Hodgepodge Winter Subjects

  • February 3, 9:00 am

  • Martha will do a brief demo on air-layering and will discuss other forms of propagation. She will also provide the reasons, the timing and way to prune outdoor materials for winter.
  • Orchid Care and Repotting

  • February 3, 11:00 am

  • Eric R will demonstrate repotting an orchid. Bring your orchid; we will lend a helping hand as participants then repot their own plants. There will be a small fee for Orchid Potting Mix.
  • Container Gardens for Valentine’s Day

  • February 10, 9:00 am

  • Create an adorable garden for your sweetheart (or yourself) using indoor plants with a heart. We will use red and pink plants and/or plants with heart-shaped leaves to design today’s planter. Children welcome. Cost of materials: $27.00
  • Fairy Gardening Workshop

  • February 10, 11:00 am

  • Create a new fairy garden or update an older garden with today’s workshop combining the best of design techniques with plants suitable for miniature gardening. Cindi F will be our host. Cost of materials will vary.
  • Tillandsia Workshop

  • February 17, 9:00 am

  • Air-plants have become very popular due to their ease of care and amazing design. Participants will contrast a frame planting suitable for wall hanging. Instructors: Katie N and Jen K. Cost: Average cost of materials including frame and plants is $26.00
  • Staghorn Fern Workshop

  • February 17, 11:00 am

  • During today’s class, participants will take a potted staghorn fern and attach it to cork bark to create unique living wall art. Instructors: Jen K and Katie N. Cost of materials: $25.00
  • Terrarium Garden Workshop

  • February 24, 9:00 am

  • Cindi will offer hints for creating a terrarium that will minimize care and watering for easy-care, small houseplants. Participants will receive a glass vessel, charcoal, potting soil, moss and plants for each project. Cost of materials: $25.00
  • Spotlight on Indoor Growing

  • February 24, 11:00 am

  • Remarkable advances in lighting, including LED lights, have made it possible to increase our growing indoors. Our hosts Eric R and John J will detail the techniques used for growing everything from seeds to mature plants and cuttings in today’s class.
March
  • 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

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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