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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 Fertilizers, Soils and Potting, Oh My!

  • February 2, 9:00 am

  • Join this discussion and learn these essentials for growing bonsai from the ground up. There will be a demo on potting and repotting of bonsai. We will address soil types that are used in bonsai and include a discussion of growing methods to produce bonsai.
  • Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny Fairy Gardens

  • February 2, 11:00 am

  • Build a garden using miniature plants. Fairy Gardening combines whimsical design with miniature plants and small-scale fairies, houses and other fun elements. Bring the kids to introduce them to gardening they can enjoy! Material costs will vary.
  • Growing Plants Year-round Using Lights

  • February 9, 9:00 am

  • Grow edibles, houseplants, orchids, and all sorts of other plants indoors. Learn about lighting specific to plants and some of the techniques indoor growers use to produce herbs and vegetables year round. Eric R will lead today’s class.
  • Orchid Care and Repotting

  • February 9, 11:00 am

  • Join us today to learn more about Orchids. Our own Eric R will provide tips on proper watering, maintenance and choosing the perfect plant. Bring in your own orchid for diagnosis and repotting. There will be a minimal charge (materials only) for repotting any orchids during today’s class.
  • Seed Starting/Germination Workshop

  • February 16, 9:00 am

  • Learn general tips on starting flower and vegetable seeds and about the tools that aid our seed starting efforts. Seed specialist Donna S will discuss lighting, heating, soil, container choices and much, much more. She will lead a tour of our seed area and look at all the various seeds we carry.
  • Displaying Tillandsias/Airplants Workshop

  • February 16, 11:00 am

  • Create an artful design using tillandsias in today’s workshop. After going over basic care of this diverse group of plants, Jen K will demonstrate some ways to display them in the home. Then, it is up to our participants to create their own art. Cost of workshop will vary according to plants and materials used.
  • Exploring the Monarch Butterfly (Monkton Garden Club sponsored)

  • (THURS) February 21, 7:00 pm

  • Pam Spencer, a Master Gardener, and known as the “Monarch Lady”, will present a dynamic slide presentation on the Monarch Butterfly. She will talk about what makes them so unique and why they are at risk. She will explain the life stages and the different generations of the Monarch and their migration to Mexico. Pam will give us a glimpse of her own experiences in raising hundreds of Monarchs each year and tagging them so that they can be tracked in their migration.
  • Gardening Under Glass

  • February 23, 9:00 am

  • Terrariums are fun and easy to grow. Make your own after a wee bit of instruction. We will supply the glass, plants, charcoal, and pebbles for $30.00. Or, bring your own glass to create this miniature garden.
  • Square Foot Garden 4 U

  • February 23, 11:00 am

  • Learn about gardening in smaller spaces. Square Foot Gardening utilizes only 20% of the space of a conventional row garden while producing the same harvest. U S Air Force veteran Kim Roman teaches this method throughout our region. She joins us today.
March
  • Build Your Own Bonsai

  • March 2, 9:00 am

  • During this workshop participants will be able to create their own bonsai with the help of our wonderful and experienced guides. We will provide the trees, soil, wire, and pots. You supply the imagination. Cost 35.00 (We can do either indoor or outdoor material)
  • Hip Houseplant Revue

  • March 2, 11:00 am

  • A houseplant fashion revue takes place today in our greenhouse, featuring new varieties and old favorites. Our ‘models’ will walk the aisle presenting their plants to the audience. After the revue, our invited experts will offer a panel discussion about houseplants.
  • Bartlett Tree Experts Presents- Preventative Care and Techniques for Growing Healthy Trees

  • March 9, 9:00 am

  • Learn how to prevent tree problems down the road by following some important tips. Bartlett Tree has been collaborating with Valley View Farms for many years, providing tree care and pruning for property owners in our region.
  • Vegetable Gardening Boot Camp

  • March 9, 11:00 am

  • Learn how to best prepare and plan a gardening plot for vegetables. Traditional row growing, site selection, soils, fertilizers, weed control and plant support methods will be presented. Using cold frames to extend the season and row covers to thwart insects are among topics up for discussion. Our Vegetable Planting Guide will be available, offering additional tips, prime planting dates and advice on individual vegetable plants. Please bring a large cup full of soil for a free pH analysis. Speaker: Carrie E
  • Herbs

  • March 16, 9:00 am

  • Jeff M presents an all-encompassing seminar on herb gardening. Our organically-grown herbs are grown right here in Northern Maryland and include over 100 varieties. Jeff will help navigate through the many choices to help gardeners be successful in the herb garden.
  • Vegetable Gardening in Containers

  • March 16, 11:00 am

  • Marty Gottlieb of Smart Pots fame, will show images of his garden. Marty’s passion to share his gardening successes has made him a staff and customer favorite here at Valley View Farms. Join us for an enlightening, entertaining presentation about growing edibles.
  • Lawn Clinic

  • March 23, 9:00 am

  • Brian Brannan, our Garden Shop manager, will host today’s class, reviewing the time table, methods and products to ensure a beautiful lawn all season. Both organic and traditional solutions will be presented. Please bring a large cup of soil for a free pH analysis.
  • Growing a Deer Resistant Garden

  • March 23, 11:00 am

  • Kathy Jentz, longtime gardener and publisher/editor of Washington Gardener Magazine, presents today’s topic. Bambi may be cute, but he and his mother, cousins, and rest of the herd are very hungry and they would love to make a feast of your garden. This talk will cover proven and humane tactics for gardening with deer, rabbits, rats, groundhogs, and other creatures that are attracted to both edible and ornamental gardens.
  • Spring Pond Opening

  • March 30, 9:00 am

  • Spring is here; it’s time to get your pond up and running again. Fish feeding, plant care, and general pond health will be primary topics of discussion. We will also talk about restarting pumps, filtration systems and other pond hardware. Instructor: Tim McQuaid
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Gardening Questions from a Pro FAGQ

  • March 30, 11:00 am

  • Garden Shop manager Brian B will be hosting today’s seminar. He will offer a basic how-to and gardening advice on various subjects. Frequently Asked Gardening Questions include: How does one determine the best fertilizer and methods to apply it? How much grass seed should be put down for a new or renovated lawn project? When should a hose-end sprayer be used versus a tank sprayer? If you have questions, this is the perfect venue in which to ask them.

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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