If you listened to the latest episode of the Gardens ‘n Plants, we mentioned several upcoming events. These are not all events but just new items for the upcoming weeks. I also share events on my Facebook pegplant page. Tune into the next episode of Gardens ‘n Plants on June 8 to hear about more gardening events or check out my Facebook page.
Starting June 4, Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, will open to members only. There will be pre-registered, timed tickets for social distancing but there are extensive grounds so plenty of space. Also, Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland, is opening so start calling the Maryland public gardens to see if the grounds are open.
In Wheaton, Maryland, the grounds of Brookside Gardens are open and the staff are now working to provide online presentations, some are free and some have nominal costs. Register now for Winning the War on Weeds on June 6, Common Garden Pests and Disease on June 13, The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Beyond Bok Choy on June 17, and the Recycled Garden on June 20.
The Fairfax County parks are opening again but keep in mind that administrative buildings (i.e., bathrooms) may still be closed. This means that the grounds for Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna are now open. The grounds for Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria are open.
Although the event is over, the virtual Chelsea Flower Show can still be viewed via YouTube or by visiting their website. There are many short videos and articles. The information is interesting, entertaining, and educational.
The American Horticultural Society has an annual symposium on children’s gardening in different cities every year and this year they will make this event virtual. The National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium will be a virtual event in July. Check out their website for more information and for registration fees. This is for both AHS members as well as nonmembers.
Also, the American Horticultural Society has partnered with New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to educational programming in ecological landscape design founded by Larry Weaner. They will be producing a series of webinars from May 28 through June 23. Some are free, some are fee-based and AHS members receive a discount. Visit NDAL’s website for more information.
The U.S. Botanic Garden has Trivia Night Botanical Brainiacs on May 28 and an on June 6, Melanie Choukas-Bradley will talk about her book, Resilience–Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis. Although their grounds and conservatory are closed, the Bartholdi Park is open.
Check out the local master gardeners groups for online presentations. The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia has a free webinar on fruit trees and berries for the urban landscape on May 29, Prince William Master Gardeners has Dealing with Deer on June 3, the Loudoun County Master Gardeners have taped their webinars and put them on this site. The Montgomery County Master Gardeners had already taped many resources for people interested in gardening.
The Ecological Landscape Alliance has webinars related to the environment and gardening, including the free Walk in the Garden series.
Horticulture magazine and Garden Gate magazine teamed up to present the 2020 Grow Better Garden Summit, which is a bundle of free gardening videos.
Longwood Gardens has a free online class on “Everything About Aquatics” and on “Everything about Orchids.”
Petra Page-Mann, owner of Fruition Seeds, in New York, has made her Fruition Seed Starting Academy free. This is about 7 hours of seed starting tutorials as well as general vegetable, herb, and flower growing information.