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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, plant diagnostic services, water testing for ponds, and extraordinary signage on all of our plants. Most important, we have friendly, knowledgeable personnel to assist in any way we can.

* This year we will be donating $5.00 for every project created in our workshops to the WBAL Kids Campaign.

February
  • The Bonsai Event has been CANCELLED.

  • Bonsai Care and Feeding

  • February 3, 9:00 am

  • Today’s seminar teaches enthusiasts about fertilizers, soils, and potting bonsai. Propagation of the plants we use for bonsai will also be addressed. Our Plant of the Month is Chamaecyparis. Martha Meehan leads the class.
  • Orchid Care and Repotting

  • February 3, 11:00 am

  • Eric 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 and Terrariums 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 are welcome. Average cost of materials: $30.00. *
  • Miniature or 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. The cost of your fairy garden will be based on the pot, soil, fairies, and plants chosen. *
  • Tillandsia and Bromeliad Workshop

  • February 17, 9:00 am

  • Air-plants have become very popular due to their ease of care and amazing design possibilities. Our Greenhouse team will present several designs. Participants may create their own. Most tillandsias cost $4.99. Total project costs will vary. *
  • What’s New in Houseplants and Tropicals?

  • February 24, 9:00 am

  • Houseplants and Tropicals are HOT! Learn about some of the new varieties available from Valley View Farms and our growers from Florida. Stay connected through our Instagram posts. Learn from Eric, our buyer, who’s passion for houseplants knows no bounds.
  • Vegetable Gardening Basics

  • February 24, 11:00 am

  • New to gardening? Learn about what plants need to grow, seeds vs. transplants, how to read seed packets and fertilizer labels, gardening zones and best planting dates, sustainable and organic gardening practices, dealing with weeds, insects, and diseases, when to harvest, planting in the ground vs. in containers, soil amendments, pH, and more. Carrie will lead today’s class and discussion.
March
  • Bonsai Root Over Rock

  • March 2, 9:00 am

  • Styling bonsai to grow over a rock emphasizes the root system. Martha will demonstrate the technique during today’s class. Our Plants of the Month are Elm and Maple.
  • Growing Fruit Trees and Berries

  • March 2, 11:00 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.
  • Starting Vegetable Transplants and Making a Seed Tape

  • March 9, 9:00 am

  • What, when, where, and how to grow seeds is the subject of today’s seminar. Learn to start seeds for tomato transplants, peppers, basil, and other plants so that they are ready for the garden this spring. Jen will demonstrate various techniques for starting seeds indoors, including making a seed tape. Take home two 6-packs of seeds planted in soil mix or a seed tape for $5.00*.
  • Planning the Vegetable Garden

  • March 9, 11:00 am

  • Plan and get ready to plant the vegetable garden with tips from today’s class. Planting times, raised beds, rotating crops and techniques for weed control and watering are some of the subjects we will cover.
  • Houseplant Extravaganza

  • March 16 - ALL DAY

  • Today will be filled with all sorts of events. Morning workshops will lead into our almost famous plant fashion show. A plant clinic station where we can analyze your plant will be available all day. Buy your pot and plant from us, and we will repot it free of charge or coach you as you learn to repot. Door prizes will be given each hour. Join us for our last hurrah before flowering and vegetable plants take over the greenhouse in spring.
  • Adopt a Plant

  • Find the perfect plant (We’re here to help).Choose a beautiful pot/planter. Name your plant. Take home care instructions. Visit our Selfie Station.
  • Plant Clinic

  • Have a plant that isn’t doing so well? Bring in the plant or some photos and let our experts help diagnose any problems, offering remedies where possible. We can take a close look at any leaf or root problems through our microscope in our garden shop.
  • Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Plaque

  • March 16, 9:00 am

  • Participants will choose a staghorn fern and a square wooden or cork plaque. Graham will guide participants on how to attach the fern, creating a living piece of wall art. She will discuss other ferns that might be planted the same way. Cost: $26.00* (Limited to 30 participants)
  • Steps to Repot a Houseplant

  • March 16, 10:00 am

  • Repotting a houseplant can be intimidating the first time. We’ll show you when, why, where, and how to repot plants. We will investigate potting mixes to find the best mix for your plant and discuss fertilizers and containers. Bring in a plant that you’d like repotted. Cindy will demonstrate. We will repot your plant for $5 for a plant in a pot 8” and under, $10 for pots measuring 10” and over. The fee will be donated to the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign.
  • Hip Houseplant Revue III

  • March 16, 11:00 am

  • Houseplants take the runway today. Our own greenhouse and garden center staff will help model the plants. Eric will provide tips on the care of each plant. Garden shop personnel will join the fun, highlighting soils, fertilizers, and other houseplant helpers. We’d love some of you to walk the runway with plants too!
  • Spring Lawn Clinic

  • March 23, 9:00 am

  • Join our own experts for information to get your lawn green and growing. We’ll discuss the best seed, fertilizer, crabgrass weed controls, and other amendments to make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood. Speaker: Lawn and Garden Specialist John James
  • Groundcover Revolution

  • March 23, 11:00 am

  • Tired of spending your weekends mowing, trimming, and edging? Then it’s time to say goodbye to your standard grass lawn and join the Groundcover Revolution! Kathy Jentz is the author of Groundcover Revolution, publisher of the Washington Gardener Magazine, podcast host for Garden DC, and communicator for countless other gardening subjects. Today, Kathy will be talking about groundcovers as lawn alternatives.
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • March 30, 9:00 am

  • It’s time to break out the filters, check on the plants and fish, and get the ponds going. Our water garden experts have all the information pond enthusiasts need to start things up for spring.
  • Herb Gardening Workshop

  • March 30, 11:00 am

  • Plant up a pot of 4 herbs for your porch or patio. Jen K knows all about growing many herb varieties and will share her secrets and tips for success in traditional and container herb gardening. The workshop includes plants, soil, and a plastic pot for an average cost of $25*.

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