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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.

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.
April
  • Bonsai—Pruning Deciduous Trees

  • April 6, 9:00 am

  • This month brings the unfolding of foliage and so it is time to begin pruning those trees for the beginning of their growing season. Plant of the month--- Maples
  • Perennials and Shrubs for the Shaded Garden

  • April 6, 11:00 am

  • Learn the best plants and gardening strategies for growing in the shade. Robert Scott and Cynthia Mann join forces to present some of their favorites for the shady garden.
  • Water Garden Installation

  • April 13, 9:00 am

  • Stop dreaming and learn to install a pond in the landscape. Tim M, our water garden manager, will teach today’s class how to site, design, dig and finish a pond. Formal or informal, ponds add beauty and movement to the yard and garden.
  • New and Underused Herbs

  • April 13, 11:00 am

  • Try some new herbs this year. Our herb grower provides us with over 100 varieties of organically grown herbs, including over a dozen varieties of basil. Jeff Mace, our herb curator, will go over basil, rosemary, thyme and other herbs to determine the best varieties for a multitude of conditions and personal taste.
  • Succulents II—In the Garden

  • April 20, 9:00 am

  • Hens and chicks, sedums and other hardy succulents thrive in sun, heat and dry locations. Learn some great ways to grow and design with succulents in today’s class. Speaker: Cynthia Mann
  • Planting for Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds and other Pollinators

  • April 20, 11:00 am

  • Learn more about the plants to grow to keep pollinators happy in the garden. Our perennial and annual plant departments will present some favorite choices for gardeners that attract beneficial wildlife into our landscapes.
  • Tomato Tornado V

  • April 27 & 28

  • The storm is brewing; winds are howling as our 5th annual Tomato Tornado is set to make landfall on Saturday morning at 7 am. Varieties old and new will be available for the weekend. Forty types of heirloom, cherry, plum, beefsteak and even currant sized tomatoes will be represented. And, that is in addition to our 37 varieties available through the entire spring planting season. Arrive early on Saturday for the best selection.
May
  • No seminars in the busy month of May!

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June
  • Bonsai Propagation

  • June 8, 9:00 am

  • Understanding how to increase bonsai stock material is a question we are always asked. Come to learn some of the methods to propagate materials for use as bonsai. Presented by Martha Meehan. Plant of the month--- Tropical Pea Family
  • All You Need to Know About Hydrangeas and Clematis

  • June 15, 9:00 am

  • Two of our bestselling plants have the most questions asked about them. “When should they be pruned?” and “Why aren’t they blooming?” are examples. Our own Melanie and Cindy will go over the top varieties for our region and present the best care practices for both groups of plants.
  • Preserving the Fruit and Vegetable Harvest

  • June 15, 11:00 am

  • Jeff Mace will lead us in a discussion about canning, freezing and drying produce from the garden for use later in the year.
July
  • Styling Tropical Bonsai

  • July 6, 9:00 am

  • Bougainvillea, Portulacaria, and Ficus are the topics of conversation this month. Martha will be showing many types of these amazing bonsai materials, showing styling methods and sharing growing tips.
  • Bonsai—Maryland Bonsai Association

  • SUNDAY, July 28, 12:00-4:00 pm

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August
  • Bonsai—Join Us for Our Annual Nursery Walk

  • August 3, 9:00 am

  • During this month, we take our annual walk through the outdoor nursery looking for material to use for Bonsai. Come find out how to choose appropriate nursery stock for use as bonsai material. Martha will choose a few to style.
  • Vegetable Gardening for Fall

  • August 10, 9:00 am

  • Extend the vegetable growing season by replanting broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces and other cool season vegetables. We will also discuss growing garlic. Presented by Suzanne B
September
  • Bonsai—Forest Planting

  • September 7, 9:00 am

  • Back by request- learn to design and plant a forest planting. We will be using Ficus for indoor and Elms for outdoor forests for those who choose to participate. We will be using a muck mix, 8” bonsai pot or forest tray; your choice. These will be 5 -tree forests. Cost 90.00
  • Special Event: Monarch Butterfly Tag and Release

  • September 14, 11:00 am

  • Pam Spencer has raised thousands of Monarch Butterflies at her Baltimore County home. We will tag and release hundreds of butterflies as they get ready to migrate back to Mexico to their winter roosts. Join us to lend a hand and be a part of this awesome experience!
  • Bonsai—Maryland Bonsai Association

  • September 22, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Bob Mahler will hold a workshop from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.
  • Fall Lawn Clinic

  • September 28, 900 am

  • 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. Our lawn experts will go over the timing and procedures for seeding, feeding and weeding the lawn. Speakers: Brain B and Nathan S

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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