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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 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.
  • BIRDS and the Plants They LOVE

  • September 15, 11:00 am

  • Susie Creamer, the Director of Urban Education and Conservation at the Patterson Park Audubon Center, joins us to talk about birds and the plants they love. Providing shelter, food, and other necessary habitat, plants, especially native plants, are an integral part of attracting birds and other wildlife to our landscape. Learn more from Susie during our free seminar.
  • 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.
  • October Family Fun


  • Enjoy our free haunted house, straw maze for youngsters, weekend face painting and all sorts of other fun for the family during October. Check out our website and facebook page for event updates.
  • Arrival of the GIANT PUMPKIN

  • October 3, 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-Unusual Styles and Techniques

  • October 6, 9:00 am

  • Unusual styles, including Literati, Root over Rock, using Jin and Shari techniques and how when to best employ them is the subject of today’s class. Our Plant of the Month is Juniper.
  • Winterizing the Water Garden

  • October 13, 9:00 am

  • Winter is just around the corner. Tim, our water garden manager, will provide tips to keep the pond healthy, the fish safe and the plants resting until the spring thaw.

  • October 20, 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.
  • Create a Topiary Workshop

  • October 27, 9:00 am

  • With Christmas just 2 months away, now is a great time to learn how to create a living sculpture using ivy, ficus, rosemary and succulents for decorating or gift giving. We will also explore outdoor topiary techniques during today’s workshop and discussion. Please check for more information and costs of projects on our website or facebook page.
  • The Great Pumpkin Seed Count

  • October 27, 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. 1st prize is a $300 VVF giftcard, 2nd prize, $200 VVF giftcard, 3rd prize, $100 VVF giftcard.
  • Bonsai-Winter Preparation

  • November 3, 9:00 am

  • Winterizing bonsai trees, how to prepare them for winter and what the well-dressed bonsai should wear for the colder season is our subject today. Both tropical and outdoor subjects will be discussed.
  • Bonsai-Tropical Bonsai in Winter

  • December 1, 9:00 am

  • Martha will go over the best practices of growing tropical bonsai in the winter home to keep them happy and healthy.
  • Winter Greens and Containers

  • December 1, 11:00 am

  • Join us for some fantastic ideas and designs creating container evergreens and displays that will knock your stockings off just in time for holiday decorating outside. Cindy M and Melanie will share their expertise.
  • How To Make A Bow

  • December 1, 12:00 noon

  • Add the finishing touch to wreaths, greens and floral displays with a beautiful bow. We will show you our secret to bow making and have you making one on your own.

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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