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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-Kusamono Workshop

  • September 2, 9:00 am

  • Kusamono is a companion art to bonsai. Kusamono may be grasses or other plants potted as a companion to bonsai trees. Learn more about this art while creating your own Kusamono planting during today's workshop. There will be a charge for materials used.
  • Fall Lawn Clinic

  • September 23, 9:00 am

  • Feed, seed and love your lawn in the fall, when air temperatures cool off and soil temperatures provide the best conditions. Let's talk turf. Bring in weeds and grasses to identify, and a soil sample for our staff to test for proper pH. The tests and diagnosis are free.
  • Arrival of the Great Pumpkin

  • September 27, 10:00 am

  • Witness the arrival of our giant pumpkin on our own truck Wednesday morning. Be awed by the gargantuan fruit/vegetable and be among the first to guess how many seeds are in it. The orange orb will remain on display until the last weekend in October. Stop in anytime in October to write down your guess of how many seeds are in this year’s pumpkin. 1st prize is a $300 VVF giftcard, 2nd prize, $200 VVF giftcard, 3rd prize, $100 VVF giftcard.
  • Bonsai Show & Tell

  • October 7, 9:00 am

  • Showtime! Bring in your favorite tree and be prepared to tell the class where and how you have grown your prized bonsai.
  • Winterizing the Water Garden

  • October 21, 9:00 am

  • Be prepared when the cold weather arrives with information about overwintering elements of the pond including fish, plants, pumps, and filtration systems. Tim McQuaid will provide answers to all of your questions about water gardening in any season.
  • OWL-oween

  • October 21, 1:00 pm

  • See and learn about owls and other birds of prey during today's fall festivities. Kathy Woods, from the Phoenix Wildlife Center, is dedicated to the rehabilitation and return to the wild of animals that have been harmed in our shared environment. Learn how our knowledge of nature and our impact on it can be beneficial to these beautiful creatures.
  • The Great Pumpkin Seed Count

  • October 28, 12:00 noon

  • Tom Tasselmyer joins us to break open and count all the seeds in the big pumpkin. How many seeds will he find? Was your guess right? Be here at noon to find out.

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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