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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.

  • Bonsai-Deciduous Trees Workshop

  • June 2, 9:00 am

  • Members of the Maryland Bonsai Association 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 and Caring For African Violets

  • June 2, 11:00 am

  • You have an African Violet. Now what? This seminar, presented by Dewy & Jenny of, will cover all aspects of the care and growing of African Violets. You’ll hear 40 years of experience in the first 40 minutes. Our initial seminar will address: African Violet Location, Watering, Fertilizing, Temperature, Humidity and Lighting.
  • 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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