Friday, April 19, 2013

Thank You Washington Gardener for keeping us informed !!

For all of the DC/MD/VA gardeners who need a little more to invoke the season, Kathy Jentz has found a few things that we just might want to find time to do:

Sunday, April 21, 2013 Potomac Rose Society April Meeting and Rose Growing Program. "All About Old Garden Roses." A discussion of old garden roses as well as climbers and their place in today's gardens. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC20017. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open to all. Free.

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2013 Rosebush sale of new and classic varieties of hybrid tea, floribunda, climbing, and other roses. With membership card, a 10% discount to members of the Potomac Rose Society and Arlington Rose Foundation. (Sale benefits the Garden Guild of the Franciscan Monastery.) Franciscan Monastery,1400 Quincy St NE,Washington, DC20017. Hours: Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sun: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, will be a presenter at the upcoming Smithsonian GardenFest on Friday, May 10. The annual event takes place on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in coordination with National Public Gardens Day. Activities include composting demos, plant art crafts, a container contest, and much more. It is free to attend and open to the public. Event details are posted here:

Historic and hyper-local...
In the Kitchen and Herb Garden:
Tour& Workshop
Friday, April 26
Herb Gardening 110 a.m.
Explore the traditional interdependence of kitchen and garden, moving between the1914 Tudor Place kitchen and the garden outside its door with Education Director Talia Mosconi and Director of Gardens & Grounds Suzanne Bouchard. Next, plant and learn to cultivate an indoor herb garden. Admission includes all materials needed for personal herb gardens plus a printed booklet of herb-based recipes including several from the Tudor Place kitchen.

Girl Scouts in Georgetown Day
Enchanting Garden Explorations
Saturday, April 27
Daisies and Brownies: 10-11:30 a.m.
1-2:30 p.m.
Tudor Place North Garden
Scouts become nature detectives during interactive tours and hands-on activities at one of Georgetown's most celebrated houses. Armed with magnifying glasses Scouts explore the many nooks and crannies, lawns and outdoor "rooms" of Tudor Place's 5.5 acres of historic gardens. After the tour, Girl Scouts plant their own flowers to take home.

Object Sketches by WaddellSeeing Like a Curator: Sketching Salon
Friday, April 26
1- 3 p.m.
3rd of 3:
See March 22 for details.

Guided Garden Tours
Historic& Growing:
Understanding the
Tudor Place Landscape
Tuesday, May 7
10- 11 a.m.
and monthly "first Tuesdays" through October
Gardens Aerial View
Immerse yourself in the lore of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and shapely English boxwood on a guided walk across 5.5 acres and two centuries of landscape design. Tudor Place reflects both its Federal-period origins and changes in land use over time; see first-hand how orchards, vegetable patches and stables made way for lawns, rose beds, and the lovely garden "rooms" of this urban estate, as four owners over six generations cared for and embellished the landscape.
Advance registration encouraged but not required.

Plant SaalesPL
RosaryvilleState Park
Mt. Airy Mansion Greenhouse
Plant sales every Saturday or by appointment:
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
beginning April 27th
Isaac Walton League Headquarters
May 4th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
707 Conservation Lane,Gaithersburg MD20878
High PointHigh School
May 11, 2013
8 am - 12 pm




Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
April 19-20, 2013

Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Department
of Botany in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden with
support from the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation

Avoiding Extinction: Contemporary Approaches to Conservation Science

Conservation science seeks to provide a rational framework for the
protection of species and their habitats. At the inception of the
discipline, scientists recognized that environmental problems, including
land use change and pollution effects, were significant challenges to
sustaining biodiversity. Scientists now acknowledge that, while these
problems remain, other issues such as invasive species, interspecific
hybridization, and climate change impose additional threats to species
survival. Furthermore, paleoecologists have used the fossil record to
contextualize the current loss of biodiversity based on knowledge of past
extinctions and paleoclimates, and now models of predicted future climates
are helping to anticipate new challenges.

Forty years ago, the U.S. Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This
landmark piece of legislation was designed to protect plant and animal
species from extinction based on our knowledge of conservation science at
the time. The Act has led to many success stories, primarily due to the
growing sophistication of the conservation science it spurred, but will not
be sufficient on its own to address new conservation goals. With new
landmark conservation legislation unlikely in the near future, how will
scientists continue to move forward in their quest to preserve biodiversity?

The 11th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany
and theUnited States Botanic Garden, will highlight past efforts and new
threats to conservation goals, as well as new approaches underway that
promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the
world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of endangered organisms,
with a special focus on plants, to illustrate the challenges of modern-day
conservation science in a rapidly changing world.

Registration and poster abstract submission will begin February 1, 2013.


For the tours: Participants meet at the Garfield and 35th Streets which is the south pedestrian entrance to the Cathedral grounds. No reservations are required and all programs are free. Programs will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or snow. Woodlands information line:202-537-2319 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-537-2319 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Care of the Olmsted Woods is an ongoing effort. If you would like to help, please call Joe Luebke, Director of Building and Grounds,202-537-5788 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-537-5788 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Saturdays, April 6, 13 & 20, 9am-1pm
Garden Markets
Local growers provide you with shrubs, native plants and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. Green Spring master gardeners are also available with gardening information. Stop by to pick up something for your spring garden.
Saturday, April 20
Native Plants for the SpringGarden
Code: 290 284 5701 9:30-10:30am 4/20 $18/person
Stroll through the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol and discover beautiful native plants with spring interest for both shady and sunny sites. Learn how to care for them to keep your spring garden looking great. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Saturday, April 20
Math for Gardeners
Code: 290 284 6101 10-11:30am $18/person
Does calculating how much mulch or fertilizer you need for your garden make you dizzy? Green Spring Gardens’ manager Mary Olien takes the pain out of garden calculations by sharing her garden math secrets. Bring calculator, tape measure and ruler. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Thursdays, April 25, May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20
Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Ages 13 and older.
Friday, April 26
Basic Gardening : Easy Makeover Tips
Code: 290 288 5001 1:30-2:30pm $10/person
Tired of your current landscape or lack of one? This 'Do-over' class will help you determine your needs so you can create a garden that matches your style. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Saturday, April 27
Workshop: Container Garden for Shade
Code: 290 289 3001 9:30-11am $35/person
Add beautiful color and texture to your shady garden, patio, or porch with a container that thrives in the shade. Container, soil and plants included in the $25 supply fee. CallGreen Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register and pay supply fee by 4/17.
Sunday, April 27, 1-3pm
Art in the Garden
Come meet local husband and wife artists, Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki, watercolor artist, and Stephen J. Gawarecki, photographer, at a reception held from 1-3pm at Green SpringGardensHorticulture Center. The exhibits run from February 26-28. Call 703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting for further information.
Sunday, April 28
Flowers in Fashion
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28
Flowers are seductive, drawing bees, birds….and fashion designers! Hear the history of personal adornment with flowers and interconnections between botany, garden aesthetics and clothing design. View fabulous floral motifs in fashion to see how their shapes and meanings have inspired designers through the ages. Ages 13 and older.
Saturday, May 4
Workshop: Hypertufa Garden Container
Code: 290 285 7101 9:30-11am $35/person
Create a stone trough of hyper-tufa for a natural-looking container that’s ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staffers explain the process and lead you through construction. Call 703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register and pay $20 supply fee by May 1.
Sunday, April 27, 1-3pm
PotomacValleyWatercolorists Reception
Come meet artists from the Potomac Valley Watercolorists group at a reception held from 1-3pm inGreen Spring GardensHorticulture Center. The exhibit run from April 29-June 23. Call 703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting for further information.
Thursday, May 9
Winterthur and Mt. Cuba
Code: 290 292 1901 6:30am-7:30pm $120
Travel to Wilmington, Delaware, to some of the finest woodland gardens around: Mt. CubaCenter and Winterthur. Tour Mt. Cuba’s native plant gardens in the morning and spend the afternoon at Winterthur with a house tour and a tram tour of the grounds and gardens. Morning tour requires extensive walking on various surfaces. Price includes motor coach and tours. Lunch is on own at Winterthur CafĂ©. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Friday, May 10
Basic Gardening: Gardening with Hostas
Code: 290 282 2401 1:30-2:30pm $10/person
Hostas are easy to grow and feature a variety of colors, shapes, textures, and decorative foliage; perfect for the beginning gardener. Master Gardeners show you how to care for and make the most of this great plant in your garden. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Saturday, May 11
Great Shrubs for Mixed Borders
Code: 290 289 9101 9:30-10:30am $18/person
Mixing perennials together can be challenging; coordinating heights, colors and bloom times. Shrubs can help glue your garden together as perennials show off intermittently. Horticulturalist Karen Rexrode shows you colorful shrubs and evergreens to anchor your mixed border for year round beauty. Register on-line at or call Green SpringGardens703-642-5173 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703-642-5173 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Sunday, May 12
Mother’s Day Tea
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 adult/ $18 children under 12
Raise your teacups to mothers and nurturers everywhere! We’ll tell you about some of the remarkable mothers who raised children in the Historic House from the 1780s to the 1960s. They lived in the same house but their stories – reflecting many eras - were very different. Ages 8 and older.
9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
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.Seasonal Cooking Class for Families
Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm
Instructor: JuJu Harris, Mobile Market Outreach Coordinator
At this fun, hands-on, you and your family will harvest fresh spring produce from Arcadia Farm, and together we’ll create a delicious lunch with the best of what the season has to offer. Chef JuJu Harris will include family-friendly cooking tips and recipes. Fee: $35. Register now for this workshop.


26-27th, PlantSale, US National Arboretum, Washington, DC


2-5, NARGS Annual Meeting, Ashville,NC.
"Exploring the Flora of the Blue Ridge" Registration is open!
April 2013
Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatory
USBG Volunteers
What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research.
Dates: Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Dates: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Cooking Demonstration
Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Adrienne Cook, Gardening Specialist and Danielle Cook Navidi, Nutritionist
Fresh herbs are a key ingredient in waking up and jazzing up almost any dish. The Cook Sisters will show you how to incorporate all the summer flavors—basil, parsley, oregano, tarragon, thyme, mint—in a variety of ways. Please note: This program is a repeat of the program from Friday, April 12.
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Celebrate Earth Day!
USBG Staff
Join us as the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day! Come enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth.
Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Terrace (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court and West Gallery)
FREE: No pre-registration required
Painting Orchids in Pencil and Watercolor
Carol Beach, Artist
Using live orchid specimens, this class will spend the weekend creating a large painting featuring the anatomy of the plant. Participants will produce a beautiful lifelike painting, highlighting an orchidand how it works. Join Carol as she delves into the history of the botanical illustration of orchids and the techniques used in those paintings to produce a take-home illustration. Please note: Participants are encouraged to draw using prismacolor pencils or watercolor or a combination of both. The finished piece will fit nicely in an 11” x 14” or 8” x 10” vertically formatted space, or a larger space. A materials list can be found with the online listing. Please bring a lunch.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
Friends: $150; Non-members: $175
Pre-registration required:
9th Annual BIG BAND JAM!
Harry Schnipper, Blues Alley Jazz Society
Join Harry Schnipper and the Blues Alley Jazz Society for this lively series of concerts as part of the 9th Annual BIG BAND JAM! The Blues Alley Jazz Society produces more than 60 acts, artists or events at eight separate venues during this 12-day event. The U.S. Botanic Garden is honored to play host to BIG BAND JAM! artists during this time.
Date: Tuesday through Friday, April 23 to 26
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory West Gallery)
FREE: No pre-registration required
Exploring Culinary and Medicinal African Plants
Beth Burrous, Biochemist and USBG Volunteer
Many foods and medicines come from African plants. For example, 75 percent of the world’s cocoa (chocolate) beans are grown by African farmers. Join Beth Burrous on a walking tour of the Conservatory highlighting African plants that are used to make everything from life-saving medicines to sweet and savory foods and coffee. This program is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s Earth Matters Exhibition.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Tour will meet in the Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
How Plants Work: A Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers
Lee Coykendall, USBG Children’s Education Specialist
Thinking about taking your students to the U.S. Botanic Garden? Looking for new ideas on how to teach your students about plants, their environment and how plants work? Join us for an evening
workshop for middle and high school teachers on how to use the U.S. Botanic Garden as an extension of your classroom. We will use the How Plants Work curriculum as a guide for the evening to explore photosynthesis, plant parts and adaptation. Please note: The workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Medicinal Plants of Central Asia: Mountains, Deserts, the Silk Road and Soviet Astronauts
Sasha Eiserman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Temple University
Central Asiais an extremely unique region that served as the crossroads of the world during the time of the Great Silk Road. With Central Asia’s extremely diverse habitats, from saline deserts to some of the highest alpine regions of the world, its people have a great tradition of using plants as medicines. More recently, in the 20th century, extensive research of the chemical and pharmacological properties of local medicinal plants has been conducted. Although people have lived in Central Asia for millennia, there is still much to explore in this region of the world. This presentation will focus on both the fascinating history and the medicinal plants of this region.
Date: Friday, April 26
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Can You ID a Tree?
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees
JoinCity of Trees author and teacher Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a Friday evening tree ID workshop, followed by a Saturday morning tree ID session in the USBG RegionalGarden. Spring is the perfect time to dust off your tree ID skills and there is no better place for study than the USBG’s Regional Garden with its many native woody plant species. On Friday evening, Melanie will teach tree ID basics specific to ourWashington, D.C., native and cultivated tree populations. On Saturday morning, she’ll lead the class through the Regional Garden to practice these new skills among the native trees in full leaf and flower. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the garden after the tour. Please note: Registrants will receive a copy of City ofTrees for use as a guide during this course. This course will be limited to 20 participants. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch on Saturday to eat with Melanie after the program.
Date: Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Lecture will meet in the Conservatory Classroom; Tour will meet on the Terrace by the entrance to the Conservatory
Friends: $15; Non-Members: $20
Pre-registration required:
New World Natives: Cacti
Todd Brethauer, USBG Volunteer
They’re the iconic plants of the desert and great houseplants, if you can keep from sticking your fingers. Come learn about the evolution of this plant family, their numerous adaptations to conserve water, their close relationship with their pollinators, the important role they have as food sources for those that live in the desert and the unique role that they played in American history.
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Webinar Series
Landscape for Life ‘Train the Trainer’ Webinar
TheLady Bird JohnsonWildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden
Landscape for Life (LFL) is an educational program that teaches homeowners how to holistically work with nature in their gardens and is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™. The series of five, two-hour webinars offers helpful teaching tips and tools that show you how to effectively utilize the teacher’s manual to deliver this valuable information to your target audience. The webinar series is a unique opportunity that provides the following benefits:
Talk with the author of the curriculum
Engage in an open dialogue with like-minded educators and colleagues
Become better equipped to explore relevant topics of landscape sustainability with homeowners
Get access to additional instructor resources pertaining to landscape sustainability
Gain hands-on experience through topical homework assignments
This complete teaching toolbox includes a downloadable, illustrated teacher’s manual and four accompanying slide presentations. Bring Landscape for Life to your community by becoming an official trainer. Ideal for botanic garden and horticulture educators, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and those interested in teaching about sustainable gardening practices. Please note: All participants should already possess sufficient gardening/horticulture background knowledge and experience as the training is not a “how-to” covering specific program content. Attendees must be able to participate in all five webinars.
Dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: This is an online series
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Visit for more information
May 2013
Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatory
USBG Volunteers
What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research.
Dates: Mondays, May 6, 13, 20
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Dates: Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Medicinal Plants: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Facts
Dr. Lena Struwe, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Plants are chemical factories that produce a multitude of antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal compounds as part of their defense. Humans have utilized many of these chemicals as powerful drugs from time immemorial, but using herbals as medicines is not always good or safe. Issues such as chemical variation within plants and accurate sourcing from nature (or cultivation) will be discussed. How do we make sure that the ground up powder or tincture actually comes from the plant we think?
Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Celebrate HerbDay!
USBG Staff
Spend the day in the Conservatory celebrating herbs, discovering the significance of herbs in our lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty and culinary enjoyment. Enjoy demonstrations, activities and information tables throughout the Conservatory. You won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn more about herbs!
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Conservatory
FREE: No pre-registration required
Spring Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees
Spend a May morning strolling under the venerable trees that grace the U.S. Capitol grounds with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees. The lush and botanically diverse Capitol grounds were designed by the pre-eminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—designer of New York City’sCentral Park and many other North American landscapes—and they have been described as one of the world’s finest arboretums. We will explore the historic groves of the Capitol at the height of spring foliage and flower, admiring and learning about the trees that grace the grounds, including species from around the United Statesand the world. We hope to see magnolias, fringe-trees, buckeyes, horse-chestnuts and other flowering trees in bloom. The tour begins at the USBG Conservatory and continues to the Capitol. Learn some basics of tree identification and a secret side of political Washington: the love of trees that goes back to founding presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and led to the capital becoming known as the “City of Trees.” Memorial trees planted by Members of Congress— including one that is 100 years old—are among the trees on the tour. Hear arboreal highlights of the city’s planning history and recommendations for local natural areas for further exploration. Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/Code Red weather alert).
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Tour meets on the Terrace by the entrance to the USBG Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Mid-day Tour in the Garden ofGood and Evil: Medicinal and Poison Plants at the USBG
Beth Burrous, Biochemist and USBG Volunteer
Many important medicines are derived from plants, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. During a walking tour of the Conservatory and National Garden, Beth Burrous will feature poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the USBG. She will talk about famous, interesting and sometimes fatal cases of poisoning by plants. You will also see and learn about plants used to make life-saving medicines.
Date: Tuesday, May 7
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court and National Garden
FREE: No pre-registration required
Cooking Demonstration
Garden Parties
Adrienne Cook, Gardening Specialist and Danielle Cook Navidi, Nutritionist
What better way to enjoy spring than to dine alfresco. The Cook Sisters will demo recipes drawn from the garden perfect for the garden party table.
Date: Friday, May 10
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court
FREE: No pre-registration required
Book Talk
“Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener”
Barbara Paul Robinson, Author
Although she embraced gardening late in life, English garden legend Rosemary Verey quickly achieved international renown. She was the acknowledged apostle of the “English style” on display at her home at Barnsley House in the Cotswolds of England, the “must have” adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John, and a beloved and wildly popular lecturer in America. Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey during a sabbatical from working in law. Barbara describes Rosemary as her boss, her teacher, her mentor and special friend. She will speak about Verey’s life and her contributions to the field of landscape design and will include some behind the scenes stories of working at Barnsley.
Date: Friday, May 10
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Children’s Program
Dig intoReading: Story Time at the Garden
DC Public Library and Lee Coykendall, USBG Children’s Education Specialist
Join us for nature-inspired stories about plants, soil, digging and planting and then dig into some hands on plant science.
Date: Saturday, May 11
Times: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.—Stories for 3–5 year olds followed by a gardening activity
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Stories for 6-10 year olds followed by hands on plant science
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.—Stories for all ages followed by plant science experiments
Location: National Garden (Rain location: Conservatory West Gallery)
FREE: No pre-registration required
Establishing Resilient Urban Landscapes Using Native Plants
Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Today’s urban landscape challenges plant health with a difficult pallet of harsh site conditions. During the course of evolution, plant communities have developed fascinating strategies to deal with tough environments that enable vegetation to thrive in extreme situations. Join Claudia to explore the wealth of native species that are naturally adapted to urban conditions and discover creative ways to increase biodiversity and life quality in our cities.
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Children’s Program
Science Saturday
Lee Coykendall, Children’s Education Specialist
Not enough science in your week? Join Lee for an afternoon of hands on plant science. Travel through the Conservatory experiencing the different biomes and learn about plant adaptations, explore the special relationship between plant and pollinator and discover how a marshmallow can help you understand how plants photosynthesize.
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required:
Mother’s Day Tour of the Rose Garden
Sharon Hanes, Rosarian and USBG Volunteer
Is your mom breathtakingly beautiful, a real sweetheart, charming, cuddly or—oh my goodness—ferociously thorny? Is she a city girl or does she prefer rugged, windy sea coasts? Is she spicy and wild, or does she prefer sensible shoes? We have just the right rose and rose story for her. Please note: This tour is held outdoors and meets on the National Garden Lawn Terrace. We suggest wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, and bringing water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/ Code Red weather alert).
Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: National Garden Lawn Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required:
The Story Behind UNDERSTORY
Jackie Bailey Labovitz, Artist
“Lady’s slippers,” writes Jack Sanders author of The Secrets of Wildflowers, “are among those special wildflowers whose locations are whispered only to trusted people.” Without a whisper, Jackie Bailey Labovitz began her relentless search for the rare exotic woodland orchids. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Jackie as she tours UNDERSTORY and shares tales of what happened along the way, hiking day in and day out, with one lens and one camera, in natural light just beneath the forest canopy.
Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Conservatory East Gallery
FREE: Pre-registration required:

Frederick County Master Gardeners
Saturday, April 27, 9:00am to 2:00pm (rain or shine)
Tired of freezing at all the spring plant sales? Then this one is for you!
Indoors at the Frederick News-Post Building, 351 Ballenger Center Drive,Frederick, MD.
Locally grown plants including large selection of native perennials, grasses and--new this year!--shrubs. Drop off your kids for Make-It-&-Take-It crafts and then have fun choosing your plants, browsing our educational exhibits and talking garden talk.
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W o o d m o o r G a r d e n
W a l k a n d S a l e
Sunday, April 28, 2013
2-5 P.M.
Plant Sale at 127 Eastmoor Dr.
Pick up a brochure listing the many open
gardens at the plant sale!
Watch for the daisy and tulip signs.
April 24 Is BGC General Meeting
BGC’s next general meeting is Wednesday, April
24, 7:30 p.m., at the James E.Duckworth School,
Beltsville. Master Gardener Janet Young will pre-
sent a talk entitled “Companion Planting: the Real
Before becoming a Master Gardener in 2011, Janet
Young earned a PhD in Genetics from George
Washington University, Molecular Biology Re-
search of Animal Viruses. She is now a program of-
ficer at the NIH. Growing vegetables on her seven-
acre farm is her major gardening interest and, as a
Master Gardener, she participates in the Olney Plant
Janet Young’s science background naturally
prompted her to ask, “What exactly do we know
about how companion planting works?” Many gar-
deners are familiar with long lists of suggested com-
panion plants to encourage plant well-being. While
Ms. Young’s presentation includes a practical com-
ponent, her talk primarily addresses what we know
about how some companion plantings actually work,
and why sometimes they don’t. She will explore the
history, science, and challenges of implement-
ing this practice in our own gardens.
Please remember to bring a plant or other
garden-related item for the door prize ta-
April 27, 2013 Respectful, Chemical Free Beekeping
Join the Accokeek Foundation for a morning with Stefano Briguglio of Azure B LLC as we explore respectful and chemical-free beekeeping! The course will include hive components, hive occupants, a look at seasonal duties and responsibilities for bees, and basic hive management.
Stefano Briguglio from Azure B LLC runs a small family permaculture farm and apiary in Marbury, Maryland with his wife, Heidi. They specialize in honeybees, hive products, woodware and beautiful childrens toys that are handmade in Southern Maryland. They offer beekeeping, composting, vermiculture and other education courses year round.
Register Today:
April 27, 2013 Walk In the Park Series: Wild Plant ID
Learn how to identify some of our common local plants, including characteristics used in basic botany and some patterns of major plant families in our area. We will use examples found along the walk and learn how to use a basic key to wildflowers. This will be a slow-paced walk, with more time spent discussing plants than walking. Please bring a water container and dress appropriately for the weather.
About the Instructor: Holly Poole-Kavana
Holly is a lifelong plant enthusiast, and started formally studying herbal medicine in 2005, after she began working in health care. She is the owner of Little Red Bird Botanicals and is excited about the ways herbal medicine can help us all to have a little more control over our own health, and provide support to those we care about. She had apprenticed with herbalist 7song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, completed the Clinic II program at Sacred Plant Traditions, studied at the Pacific School of Botanical Medicine, and hold a BS in botany.
Register Today:
Molly Meehan
CAES Community Outreach and Education Coordinator
The Accokeek Foundation
3400 Bryan Point Road
301.283.2113 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301.283.2113 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
To support the Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign, please designate the Accokeek Foundation,CFC# 43499

Celebrate spring at the Arboretum-
Learn something new, stroll the gardens, enjoy!
Azalea Programs:
Become an expert on these brilliant spring-blooming favorites at a
lecture, tour, or demonstration.
Gather friends, family, co-workers, and others
for this very special event.
More April events:
Ikebana International Exhibits and Demonstrations
Coming up in May: The Potomac Bonsai Festival
See the online Calendar of Eventsfor information on all spring programs.
ACE's 4th Annual Green Living Expo
Sunday, April 21, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
George Mason University Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Near Virginia Square & Clarendon Metro stops / Free parking
Good (FREE!) green fun for all!
Energy conservation, eco-friendly commuting, healthy homes, and sustainable living are just some of the items on the menu for the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair taking place this Earth Day with more than 50 exhibitors with a wide variety of planet-friendly services and products.
The event will feature valuable information on green lifestyles for homeowners, condo owners, apartment renters, students and families. Exhibitors will cover a wide variety of environmental topics including energy conservation, eco-friendly transportation, solid-waste reduction, sustainable food and gardening, green home remodeling, sustainable landscaping, and healthy home products.
Featured activities include:

  • An ACE of Cupcakes Contest in honor of ACE’s 35th anniversary. Contestant chefs will create anniversary cupcakes in celebration of ACE’s 35 years in the community.

  • A ceremony recognizing the winner of and nominees to the George Mason University Green Patriot Award. This award recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in order to better civic life in the Arlingtoncommunity.

  • Artistic rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel, a fun, creative project with Arlington Public Schools that engages students in learning about environmental sustainability. All barrels will be judged and the top entries will garner prizes for their school. In addition, the artistic rain barrels will be auctioned off at the fair through a silent auction.
Other event activities include: seminars held in three breakout rooms, DIY tents, and activities for children. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they can learn about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Registration for this event is required (either in advance or onsite on the day of the event). Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged for speedy check-in on the day of the event. Pre-registered attendees will receive a free raffle ticket and a special giveaway at check-in, while supplies last!
Pre-register now <>
We still need additional volunteers to help ensure a successful and fun event. Learn more and sign-up at:
4th Annual Heirloom Tomato SeedlingSale--April 20, Herndon VA
Find the best of Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, and more at the 4th Annual Robot Tomatoes Sale! Organically grown seedlings in 3-inch pots, hardened off and ready to plant.

Just a few of our varieties this year: Cherokee Purple, Cherokee Green, Kellogg's Breakfast, White Currant, Black Cherry, Vorlon, Ananas Noire, German Johnson, Perth Pride, and many more!

For small gardens and containers, we have dwarf tomatoes: full-sized fruit on 3 to 4-foot plants, and they are delicious.

All proceeds go to support local FIRST LEGO Robotics teams. See our list of varieties at Happy Growing!
Beltsville Garden Club Plant Sale
The Beltsville Garden Club will hold its second plant sale of the spring on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the parking lot of High Point High School,
3601 Powder Mill Rd.,Beltsville, Md.

The sale runs from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and will be held rain or shine. Come early for the best selection of quality plants at reasonable prices from our members. A variety of annuals, vegetables, herbs, houseplants, shrubs, perennials and trees will be available. In addition, plants from the club's greenhouse at the James E.Duckworth School will be for sale. All proceeds from the club's greenhouse sales go to support the students atDuckworthSchool. For more information about the plant sale you can contact Plant Sale Chair, Marcy Marinelli at 301-937-3683 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-937-3683 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
The Beltsville Garden Club celebrates its 61st anniversary this year and has a rich tradition of gardening and philanthropic activities in Beltsville. For information on the club, please see our website at: Membership is only $10 a year per family and includes our monthly informational meetings on garden topics and several club social events each year. We welcome new members at any time. No gardening experience is needed!
Now......there is no way you can say that you are bored!!!!!  Thank You Kathy Jentz and Washington Gardener Magazine for all that you do!!!

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