Peg’s Picks Winter Gardening Events Washington DC Metro Area

American holly

American holly

You would be surprised at how many gardening events occur in the winter months! This list includes both January and February because it is best to register as soon as possible in January for some of the February events

 Saturday, January 10, Pruning Workshop, Casey Trees, 9:30 to noon at the American Elm Nursery, 50 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA; (202) 833-4010; free but must register. http://www.caseytrees.org

Monday, January 12, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, Lecture entitled “Native Plants for a New American Cottage Garden” by local landscape architect, Thomas Rainer. Hosted by the Silver Spring Garden Club; open to the public and free. Lecture at the Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus, Health Sciences Center Building, Room 122; doors open at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact SS Garden Club president, Kathy Jentz, (301) 588-6894 or WGardenermag@aol.com

Saturdays, January 24, February 7 & 21, 10:30 to 1:00 pm Sustainable Vegetable Gardening series, VCE-Prince William Master Gardeners, Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA; free but must register; (703) 792-7747; http://www.mgpw.org

Saturday, January 24, noon to 1:00 pm, Garden Talk “Growing Winter Vegetables and Using Cold Frames” with Behnkes staff, Christopher Lewis. At 2:00 pm, Starting Seed Indoors with Mr. Lewis, free, The Behnke Nursery Company, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD; (301) 937-1100; http://www.behnkes.com

Saturday, January 31 and February 7, the 10th Annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange, on January 31, the event will be at Behnke Nurseries, Beltsville, MD; and on February 7, at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. This event includes two lectures on two different topics, the seed swap, and a “goody bag” of freebies. 12:30 to 4:00 pm Must register and fee, for more information call Kathy Jentz, (301) 588-6894. http://www.washingtongardener.blogspot.com

Sundays, January 11, 18, and 25: Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA; in January, February, and March from 1:30 to 2:30. After lecture, meet presenter and enjoy refreshments. Can register for individual topics or for all; fee. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for topics and speakers.

  • January 11: Beautiful Winter Gardens presented by James Gagliardi,
  • January 18: Amazing Papyrus Plant presented by Dr. John Gaudet
  • January 25: The Cold Truth on Plant Hardiness presented by Dr. Allen Hirsh

(more to come in February and March)

Saturdays, Garden Design Series for Homeowners, Lecture from 9:30 to 11:30 am or combine morning lecture with afternoon work sessions (9:30 to 3:00 pm). Presented by landscape designer Amy Neiberline at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA. Must register and fee. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

  • January 17: Elements of Design
  • January 24: Biology of Garden Sites
  • January 31: Putting Your Garden Together

Saturdays, 10:00 am, Merrifield Garden Center, three topics at their three locations every Saturday at 10:00 am. M = Merrifield; FO = Fair Oaks; G = Gainesville. Call Merrifield for more information (703) 560-6222; http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • January 17: M – Winter Interest; FO – Delicious Landscapes; G – Houseplants
  • January 24: M – Flowers for your home; FO – Landscape Renovation; G – Pruning
  • January 31: M – Landscaping with Native Plants; FO – Growing Plants Indoors; G – Principles of Landscape Design
Scarlett O'Hara holly

Scarlett O’Hara holly

 Sundays, Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA; in January, February, and March from 1:30 to 2:30. After lecture, meet presenter and enjoy refreshments. Can register for individual topics or for all; fee. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for topics and speakers.

  • February 1: Ornamental Edible Gardens, Sandra Clinton
  • February 8: Windowsill Floral Displays, Nancy Ross Hugo
  • February 15: Winning Against Weeds, Mary Godinez
  • February 22: Rhododendron and Relatives, Steven Kristoph

Monday through Wednesday, February 2-4, Garden Club of Virginia gardening symposium in Williamsburg. Fee and must register. Contact is Ann Heller, GCV Communications Coordinator (804) 643-4137 or communications@gcvirginia.org and http://www.gcvirginia.org/symposium/speakers.cfm

Saturdays, 10:00 am, Merrifield Garden Center, three topics at their three locations every Saturday at 10:00 am. M = Merrifield; FO = Fair Oaks; G = Gainesville. Call Merrifield for more information (703) 560-6222; http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • February 7: M – Tips from Your Extension Agent; FO – Evergreens for Every Garden; G – Shrubs: A New Look at Old Favorites
  • February 14: M – Romance in the Garden; FO – It’s All About the Birds and Bees; G – Romancing the Plants
  • February 21: M – Success with Seeds; FO – Boxwood and Flowering Shrubs; G – Gardening for the Birds
  • February 28: M – Garden Accents and Focal Points; FO – Pruning Made Easy; G – Using Stone in the Landscape

Saturday, February 11, the 11th Annual Eco-savvy Symposium: Evolving Landscapes 8:30 to 4:00 pm at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA; fee and must register in advance, (703) 642-5173; http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Saturday, February 28, RootingDC Forum, an all-day, free gardening forum with many lectures and vendors, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (a ten dollar donation is suggested). Registration starts January 15. Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW, Washington DC. http://www.rootingDC.org

Friday, February 27, Green Matters Symposium, theme is “Protecting our Pollinators,” an annual symposium at Brookside Gardens but this year will take place at the Silver Spring Civic Center, Friday 8:30 to 4:00. Fee and must register; (301) 962-1451

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/green_matters_symposium.shtm#schedule

 

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