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Peg’s Picks: September 2017 Gardening Events in the Washington DC Metro Area

More than 80 gardening events in the Washington DC Metro Area this September!

2, Saturday, Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, fee and registration required. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

2, Saturday, Orchid Diagnostic and Repotting Clinic. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Free but fee to re-pot an orchid. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

3, Sunday, Wolf Trap’s Native Meadow: A Backstage Tour, presentation by Phil Goetkin on the Wolf Trap Native Meadow and Sustainability Practices. Sponsored by the Friends of Wolf Trap. Free. 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA. More information on the Friends of Wolf Trap page on Facebook.

6, Wednesday, Cover Crops for Healthy Soil, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

6, Wednesday, Potowmack Chapter of the Virginian Native Plant Society sells native plants from their propagation bed at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA, on the first Wednesday of the month, April through October, 10:00 am to noon. http://www.vnps.org and http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

7, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Fall Turf Tips. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

7, Thursday, Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping by Nan McCarry, a facilitator with Landscape for Life. 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Master Gardeners of Loudoun County. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, NW, Leesburg, VA. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

7, Thursday, Lecture: Tyler Balderson: Tree Planting and Maintenance, 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD. Sponsored by the Annapolis Horticultural Society. http://www.annapolishorticulture.org

8, Friday through 10, Sunday. Fall Open House and Native Plant sale, Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 4: Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD. http://www.adkinsarboretum.org

9, Saturday, Fall Lawn Care, 10: 30 am to noon, free and advance registration requested. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

9, Saturday, Lecture: Prepare for your best lawn ever! 10:00 to 11:00 am, free. Demonstration Garden, 94 Ida Lee Drive, NW, Leesburg, VA. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Loudoun County. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

9, Saturday, Free lectures at 10:00 am at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Merrifield: Seasonal Foods You Can Grow at Home
  • Fair Oaks: Turf Tips: Fall Lawn Care
  • Gainesville: Fabulous Fall Container Garden

9, Saturday, Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, all day. Admission fee but not required to register in advance (there are more in-depth workshops on Friday, September 8). Parking at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello, VA. http://www.heritageharvestfestival.com

9, Saturday, Paw Paw Festival, noon to 4:00 pm. Admission fee. Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD. http://www.meadowsidenature.org

9, Saturday, Fall Herb Faire, free admission, parking, classes and tours. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen, VA. http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com ,

9,Saturday, Green Spring Gardens Fall Garden Day plant sale and more. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free admission. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

9, Saturday 10 to 3; 10, Sunday 9 to noon, Friends of Brookside Gardens Fall Plant sale, held at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.friendsofbrooksidegardens.org/plant-sale-2017

9, Saturday, Earth Friendly Floral Design, 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Fee and must register, Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD. http://www.adkinsarboretum.org

9, Saturday, Class: Trees 101, Free but must registered. Casey Trees, 3030 12th Street NE, Washington DC. http://www.caseytrees.org

9, Saturday, Saturday in the Garden, Rain check! Rain barrels, Downspout Disconnectors, and Irrigation Tips plus Vegetable of the Month and Plant Sale. 9:00 am to noon. Presented by Master Gardeners of Prince William County. Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. http://www.mgpw.org

10, Sunday, Free lectures at 1:00 pm at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Fair Oaks: Mastering the Four Season Garden
  • Gainesville: Ornamental Grasses and their Companions

10, Sunday, Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden annual taste and tour, 1 to 4 pm. Free, no registration necessary. Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, Va.  Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. http://www.mgnv.org

10, Sunday, Lavender: Crafting and Growing. Fee and should register; walk-ins accepted, 2-4 pm. The Barn Series at Belle Grove Plantation, hosted by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners. Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA. http://www.bellegrove.org  and  http://www.nsvmga.org

10, Sunday, Workshop: Creating Beautiful Autumn Containers, 10:30 to 12:30. Free but must register. Will bring a container home. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

11, Monday, Lecture: Plant Natives at Home, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free and no registration necessary. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, in partnership with Alexandria Beautification Commission. Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

12, Tuesday, Simpson Gardens Stroll, 11:00 am to noon. Free and no registration necessary. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

12, Tuesday, Lecture: Planting for the Future by Kelly D. Norris, Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Open to the public, no registration necessary. Prior to lecture there will be a plant and seed swap from 6:30 to 7:15. Admission fee for non-HSM members; members are free. Hosted by Horticultural Society of Maryland. Vollmer Center, Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Green Spring Avenue, Baltimore, MD. http://www.mdhorticulture.org

13, Wednesday, Extend the Growing Season, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

14, Thursday, Chanticleer Gardens day trip, which departs from Green Spring Gardens at 7:00 am and returns at 7:00 pm. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

14, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Returning Bulbs. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

14, Thursday through Saturday, 16. Fall Plant Fest, no admission for the fall plant fest but regular admission fee for the botanical garden. Thursday 4-7, Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-3. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. http://www.lewisginter.org

15, Friday, Garden Talk: Featuring Twigs, Bark and Berries, 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Fee and must register, presented by Master Gardeners, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

15, Friday, Chanticleer day trip, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fee and must register, meet at Visitors Center Entrance, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

16, Saturday, Monarch Fiesta Day, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free. Black Hill Nature Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/black-hill-nature-programs/

16, Saturday, Facts You Need to Know About Fall Planting, Pruning and Garden Clean Up. 2:00 pm. Free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

16, Saturday, Pollinator Meet-up: Hands-On Monarch Tagging Made Easy, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Free but must register. Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. http://www.homesteadgardens.com

16, Saturday, Free lectures at 10:00 am at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Merrifield: Plan and Plant for Spring: Bulbs
  • Fair Oaks: Attracting Pollinators to your garden
  • Gainesville: Fall Garden Party, with several speakers, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

17, Sunday, Free lectures at 1:00 pm at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Fair Oaks: Using Companion Plants to Create the Wow Factor
  • Gainesville: Fall Garden Tour

17, Sunday, Cactus and Succulent Society of Maryland Plant Show and Sale, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Vollmer Visitor Center, Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Green Spring Avenue, Baltimore, MD. http://www.cylburn.org

17, Sunday, Autumnfest! 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free family event with min workshops and plants for sale. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Glencarlyn Library Garden, 300 S. Kensington Street, Arlington, VA.  http://www.mgnv.org

17, Sunday, McCrillis Gardens Sunday Walks, 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Free but registration required via Brookside Gardens. Meet at McCrillis House, 6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

20, Wednesday, Monarch Waystations: Creating a Butterfly Garden. 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Fee and must register, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

20, Wednesday, Planting and Care of Fruit Trees, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

21, Thursday, Weeds: Getting to Know Your Closest Neighbors, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free and advance registration requested. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA. http://ww.mgnv.org

21, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Let’s Talk Hops. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

22, Friday, Guided Tour of Tudor Place Gardens, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Free for members, fee for non-members and walk-ins are welcome but can register in advance. Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street, NW, Washington DC.  http://www.tudorplace.org

23, Saturday, Annual Paw Paw Festival at Long Creek, noon to 5:00 pm. Tickets required. Long Creek Homestead, Frederick MD. See website for parking instructions.  http://www.ecologiadesign.com/2017/02/03/paw-paw-festival-longcreek-homestead/

23, Saturday, Lecture: Vita Sackville-West: Garden Guru and Inspiration. 1:30 pm. Free.  Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

23, Saturday, Orchid Diagnostic and Repotting Clinic. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Free but fee to re-pot an orchid. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

23, Saturday, Free lectures at 10:00 am at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Merrifield: Turf Tips: Restoring Your Lawn
  • Fair Oaks: Festival Fall Containers
  • Gainesville: Patio Perfect Container Workshop

23, Saturday, Gardening with the soil food web, 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Biologist Paulette Royt will explain the basic of soil science for gardeners.  Fee and must register, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

23, Saturday, Fall is Here! Preparation in the Vegetable Garden, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, free. Hosted by the Master Gardeners of Loudoun County. Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

23, Saturday, Brookside Gardens Saturday Walks, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Free guided walk of Brookside but must register. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

23, Saturday, Class: Trees 201. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free but must register. Hosted by Casey Trees but the class will be at Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street NW, Washington DC. http://www.caseytrees.org

23, Saturday, The life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Emmy Award winner Karyl Evans screens her new documentary film about Beatrix Farrand. The screening is followed by Q&A with the filmmaker and refreshments on the lawn of the Farrand-designed landscape at Green Spring, fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

23, Saturday, Celebrate the National Garden, a day long festival with activities. 10:00 to 4:00 pm, free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

23, Saturday, Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, free admission.  The Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. http://home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/

23, Saturday through October 29, Saturday, from 11 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 4.  Fall Festival. Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. http://www.homesteadgardens.com

23, Saturday (starting Saturday and every weekend in fall), Fall Festival, 10:30 to 5:00 pm. Admission fee, Green Street Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD. http://www.greenstreetgardens.com

24, Sunday, Orchid Diagnostic and Repotting Clinic. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Free but fee to re-pot an orchid. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

24, Sunday, Free lectures at 1:00 pm at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Fair Oaks: Photography Workshop: Capturing Your Garden
  • Gainesville: Native Plants that Support Wildlife

24, Sunday, Earth Sangha open house and plant sale (native plants), 10:00 to 2:00 pm, free, Cloud Drive, Springfield, VA. http://www.earthsangha.org/wpn

24, Sunday, Garden Program: Winter Edible Garden, 2 to 3 pm. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

24, Sunday, Fall Open House at Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens with a focus on making gardens more hospitable to wildlife and getting home gardens certified as Audubon Wildlife Habitats. Free, no registration necessary. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 402 E. Monroe Street, Alexandria, VA. http://www.mgnv.org 

25, Monday, Tree Selection for Small Urban Landscapes, 10:30 am to noon. Free and advance registration requested. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

25, Monday, Composting and Vermiculture. 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free and advance registration requested. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

26, Tuesday, Lecture: The Human Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife by Nancy Lawson, author of same book. 7:30 pm, free, registration not required, and open to the public. Hosted by Maryland Native Plant Society. Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington, MD. http://www.mdflora.org

27, Wednesday, International Flavors from the Garden, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

27, Wednesday, Lecture: Welcoming Bees to your Backyard and Garden by Alison Gillespie. 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Hosted by Beltsville Garden Club. James E. Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD http://www.beltsvillegardenclub.org

28, Thursday, Create and Sip Terrarium Workshop, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Fee and registration required. Enjoy a complementary glass of wine and snacks while creating a terrarium. Merrifield Garden Center, 6895 Wellington Road, Gainesville, VA. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

28, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Mulch 101. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

28, Thursday, Day Trip to North Creek Nurseries with Claudia West. Sponsored by the Annapolis Horticulture Society. http://www.annapolishorticulture.org

29, Friday, Garden Talk: Replace Old Shrubs, 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

30, Saturday, Lecture: This Fall, Think Spring: Planting Bulb for Big Spring Color, 2:00 pm. Free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

30, Saturday, Floral Design Workshop: Fall Floral, 9:30 to 11:00 am. Professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway will show you how to make a fall design to take home. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

30, Saturday, Garden Program: Start a Garden Journal, 10 to 11 am. Horticulturist Judy Zatsick will show you how to keep a garden journal to stay organized. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

30, Saturday, Lecture: Life with Special Roots (Legumes), 10:30 to noon. Free but must register, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

30, Saturday, Lecture: Cool Season Edibles, 10:00 to 11:30 am. Fee and must register. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

30, Saturday, Free lectures at 10:00 am at various locations of Merrifield Garden Center, no registration necessary. See website for street addresses. http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

  • Merrifield: Creating a Lush Scene with Groundcovers and Ferns
  • Fair Oaks: Fantastic Foliage Shrubs
  • Gainesville: Plan and Plant for Spring: Perennials

Curious Garden Exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Recently I visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia and was fortunate to catch the Curious Garden exhibit. I could only stay for a few hours in the morning so was not able to see everything but the garden itself was lovely, the weather was relatively mild for an Atlanta summer day, and the staff were very friendly.  I have never been to the Atlanta Botanical Garden before and did not even know about the Curious Garden exhibit so it was a real paradigm shift for me to see so much art in the garden.

Designed by Adam Schwerner, a horticulturist and artist, the Curious Garden exhibit has 11 installations created to highlight the gardens’ plant collection and plant conservation work.  Currently, Adam is the Director of Resort Horticulture and Resource Enhancement at Disneyland but when he was Director of the Chicago Park District Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, he spearheaded an initiative to bring together the arts and nature in the Chicago parks. His famed Painted Tree Project brought together works of art in a public space that enhanced the environment. These unusual expressions known as Artscapes spark conversation among the public and make them see nature and plants through a different lens. This certainly was true for me at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Adam’s creations were installed in May and will run through October so if you get a chance to visit Atlanta, don’t miss this.

Although I took many photos of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which I will post in a separate article, these photos are just a few of Adam’s installations to give you a flavor of his work.

The spirited bosk, painted maple trees, planted and hung from larger trees

The mountain flows, the river sits, a “river” of red-painted gourds

The white garden, a garden of white flowered and silver leaved plants

Chains, metal painted chains and roots of a plant in a conservatory

Antebellum aerophyte, chandeliers draped with bromeliads and Spanish moss

Chalices, small pots of orchids stacked on top of each other

Sunflowers, sunflower plants interspersed with cosmos

 

 

 

Demonstration Gardens: Learn What Works In Your Area

As the summer peaks, I like to visit the local demonstration gardens to see how well the plants and vegetables performed in this area. Demonstration gardens are a great way to learn what works in the Washington DC metro area and how to manage our local issues, such as deer and rabbits. The gardens are open to the public, every day, from dawn to dusk, free. Each county that has a Master Gardener program usually has at least one demonstration garden, managed by the volunteer Master Gardeners. To find such a garden, call your local county Master Gardener program representative (your local extension agent). Some have several to showcase various environmental conditions and some use the garden as a place to teach or host workshops.

The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Arlington and Alexandria) have five demonstration gardens:

  • Glencarlyn Library Community Gardens, corner of S. Third and S. Kensington Streets, off Carlin Springs Road, Arlington
  • Simpson Park Gardens (E. Monroe Avenue at the end of Leslie Avenue, next to the YMCA in Alexandria
  • Organic Vegetable Garden, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Marcy Road, Arlington
  • Rock Quarry Shade Garden, Bon Air Park on Wilson Boulevard and N. Lexington Street, Arlington
  • Sunny Garden, Bon Air Park, Arlington

The Prince William County Master Gardeners manage a very large “Teaching Garden” at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. Within this large garden are mini gardens to illustrate certain conditions or issues, such as a deer resistant garden, shade garden, vegetable garden, and pollinator garden.

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners uses Ida Lee Park on Ida Lee Park Drive, Leesburg as a teaching garden.

The Montgomery County Master Gardeners have a demonstration garden at the Agriculture History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD.

The Prince Georges County Master Gardeners are fortunate to use the Kitchen Garden at the Riversdale Gardens and House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD.

Master Gardener Program: Learn to Garden While Getting Involved with Local Community

The Master Gardener program is a great way to learn more about gardening, meet new friends, and get involved in civic projects.  Conducted throughout the United States, the program usually is managed on a county level through state/county extension agents. Interested gardeners receive a manual and horticultural training from horticulturists and experts in the field. In return, they volunteer to assist the community with a variety of activities such as staffing plant clinic booths, answering phones, teaching, gardening in community areas, helping youth or elderly with gardening, etc. The program was initiated as a means of extending horticultural and pest management expertise of the state extension office to the general public. Usually the fee is the cost of the manual and a promise to volunteer and continue with education for a fixed number of hours annually. Becoming a Master Gardener is like joining a gardening club with many extended learning opportunities. Below is information for the Washington DC metropolitan area. More detail is given for Virginia to illustrate the difference in commitment and schedules across counties. Maryland and Washington DC are similar. All have fees and a registration process.

Virginia

The Virginia Tech University manages the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) program which has extension agents at every county. The extension agent manages the county Master Gardener program. The following is a snapshot of five Master Gardener programs in Northern Virginia to give an idea of the application deadlines, times/days programs are offered, cost, and the commitment in terms of hours. For example, if one works full time in an office and can only attend evening classes one may find a program that offers evening classes and does not limit registration to county residents. Or some programs have one class a week instead of two thus extending the education over a longer time but making it more manageable.

In Fairfax county, there are two Master Gardener programs due to the high level of interest. Green Spring, part of the Fairfax county park system, manages a 13-week Master Gardener program that starts in September and ends in November. The classroom training is held at Green Spring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm and labs on Saturdays. When the trainees complete the classroom part, they graduate to become Master Gardener interns. They have to complete 50 volunteer hours within one year including 15 hours working at the Master Gardener Help Desk.  They retain their certification by completing 20 hours of volunteer service hours and 8 hours of continuing education in horticulture per year. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/gsg-mastergardeners.htm

The other Fairfax county Master Gardener program has classes at Merrifield Nursery at Fair Oaks. The classes are January through March, one day a week for 3 hours, during the day or evening. To become a certified Master Gardener, one has to complete 30 hours of classroom education per year for 3 years, and 24 hours of community service per year for 3 years. Once a person becomes a certified Master Gardener, one has to complete 8 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer work per year. http://www.fairfaxgardening.org/join-us/

In Arlington county, classes start in the beginning of September, Tuesdays, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, and last 12 weeks. Classes are held at the Fairlington Community Center in Arlington and other local garden venues. There is no application deadline and acceptances into the program are determined by mid-August. Residents of Alexandria City and Arlington receive preference and all training and internship hours must be completed in the Arlington/Alexandria. After 66 hours of classroom training, the trainees must complete a 60-hour internship to hone their skills in core Master Gardener educational projects within one year of training. Once the classroom program, internship, and student project are completed participants become certified Master Gardeners. To maintain certification, they must volunteer a minimum of 20 hours and attend 8 hours of continuing education programs per year. http://mgnv.org/about/become-a-master-gardener/

In Loudoun county, classes are twice a week for 10 weeks, from January through March, at 750 Miller Drive, Leesburg. The Master Gardener program requires 60 hours of classroom education and 75 hours of the internship. Certified Master Gardeners must complete 25 volunteer hours and 8 hours of continuing education per year. http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/become-a-master-gardener/training-requirements

In Prince William county, the program runs from September through December and requires 75 hours of classroom education and 50 hours of internship. To maintain certification, Master Gardeners must volunteer 20 hours and complete 8 hours of continuing education per year. http://www.mgpw.org

Maryland

The Maryland Master Gardener Program is administered by the University of Maryland Extension and each county has a coordinator and its own schedule of classes. For a table of county coordinators’ contact information, see http://www.extension.umd.edu/mg/find-local-mg-program.

Washington, DC

The Master Gardener program is managed through the University of the District of Columbia at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The program is held once a year, from the first Tuesday in February through the last Thursday in March, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, for 8 weeks. After completing the program, interns must complete 50 hours of volunteer service. http://dev.udc.edu/college_of_urban_agriculture_and_environmental_studies/master_gardening

 

Peg’s Picks: August 2017 Gardening Events in the Washington DC Metro Area

August has more than 40 gardening events in the Washington DC metro area; however, I would be remiss if I did not mention the BIG event this month.  We will be able to view a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. It will not be a total blackout here but it will be exciting to watch! #Eclipse2017

2, Wednesday, Garden Color Theory, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Fee and must register. Wine and painting go hand in hand, see firsthand how great colors can be blended in diverse garden settings on a guided tour and enjoy wine tasting and light refreshments. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

2, Wednesday, Potowmack Chapter of the Virginian Native Plant Society sells native plants from their propagation bed at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA, on the first Wednesday of the month, April through October, 10:00 am to noon. http://www.vnps.org and http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

2, Wednesday, Food Preservation, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

3, Thursday, Presentation on Gardens of Belle Grove Plantation by Lynn Hoffman, Master Gardener and plantation volunteer, includes video, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, free. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., NW, Leesburg,VA, sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardeners. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

3, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Tropical Containers. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

4, Friday, City Blossoms Annual Basil Bonanza, a fiesta to celebrate the summer harvest. Free, bring dish, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, 1521 Marion Street NW near the Shaw Howard Metro Station. For more information e-mail info@cityblossoms.org or call (202) 431-8991. http://www.cityblossoms.org

5, Saturday, Tree Fest, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. American Horticultural Society (AHS) and the TREE Fund presents Tree Fest, a family event at River Farm, headquarters of AHS, 7931 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA http://www.ahsgardening.org

5, Saturday, English Garden Floral Design Workshop, 9:30 to 11:00 am, fee and must register, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

5, Saturday and 6, Sunday. Orchid diagnostic and repotting clinic (free but your orchid can be repotted for a fee). 9:30 to 4:30 pm on both days. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

5, Saturday, Beginners Hands-on Bonsai Class, 2 to 4 pm, fee and must register, Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

5, Saturday in the Garden series: Cool Fall vegetables You Can Grow, 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Free. Ida Lee Park, 94 Ida Lee Drive, NW, Leesburg, VA. Presented by Loudoun County Master Gardeners, http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

6, Sunday, Belle Grove Plantation Barn Series: Air Plants (Tillandsia) 2-4 pm. Fee and must register. Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA. Presented by Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association http://www.nsvmga.org and http://www.bellegrove.org

9, Wednesday, Vegetables for Fall Planting, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

10, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Tool Cleaning and Care. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

10, Thursday, Food in the Garden Series: Flavoring America, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, National Museum of American History with Smithsonian Gardens, at the Victory Garden, must register and purchase ticket online, which includes food and drink. Outdoor evening event, enjoy food, drinks, and dynamic conversation focusing on herbs and spices and tour the new exhibit “Common Ground: Our American Garden.” http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/topics/food/pages/food-garden

12, Saturday, Lecture: Extending the Vegetable Garden Through the Fall, 2:00 pm, free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

12, Saturday, Garden Tour, Ice Cream Social, and Photo Exhibit of Historic House. 10:00 to 11:30 am. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

12, Saturday, Success in the Garden Series: Save Seeds, Save Money and (Maybe) Save the Planet, 2:00-3:00 pm. Free. Bowman Library, Tasker Road, Stephens City, VA. Hosted by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners. http://www.nsvmga.org

12, Saturday, Rain Barrel Workshop with Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, 10:00 am to noon, fee and must register (will get rain barrel). Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD. http://www.ladewgardens.org

15, Tuesday, In the Garden Series: Invasive Plant ID and Control, 10:00 to noon, fee and must register. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD. http://www.ladewgardens.org

16, Wednesday, Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees, 9:00 to 11:00 am. Fee and must register via ParkTakes. Walking outdoors rain or shine. Also offered on August 22, Tuesday. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. http://www.parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov

16, Wednesday, Managing Your Herb Garden, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required.  http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

16, Wednesday, Lecture: Soil Mixes for Houseplants and Container Gardens, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, free and open to public. Sponsored by Takoma Horticultural Club. Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. http://www.takomahort.org

17, Thursday, Food in the Garden Series: Fermentation Nation, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, National Museum of American History with Smithsonian Gardens, at the Victory Garden, must register and purchase ticket online, which includes food and drink. Outdoor evening event, enjoy food, drinks, and dynamic conversation focusing on fermentation (beer, wine, pickles) and tour the new exhibit “Common Ground: Our American Garden.” http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/topics/food/pages/food-garden

17, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Native Plant Substitutes. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

19, Saturday, Rain Garden Design Workshop, 10:00 to 2:00 pm, free and must register. Sponsored by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Will be held at the MD State Game and Fish Protective Association, 8735 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD.  http://gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org/event/garden-design-workshop/

19, Saturday, Lecture: Cattail Moonshine and Milkweed Medicine by Tammi Hartung, herbalist, and author of book by same name. 10:30 to noon. Free but must register. Conservatory Classroom. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

19, Saturday, Lecture: The Botany and Chemistry of Baking – Wheat, by Todd Brethauer, free but must register, 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

19, Saturday, August Pollinator Meetup: Drought Tolerant Pollinator Gardens, 10:00 to 11:00 am., free. Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. http://www.homesteadgardens.com

19, Saturday in the Garden: Some Like It Hot! Top Summer Plant Performers and Vegetable of the Month, 9:00 to noon, free but must register at master_gardener@pwcgov.org. Hosted by Prince William County Master Gardeners and held at the Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535, Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. http://www.pwcgov.org/grow

19, Saturday, Twelve Steps for a Greener Lawn, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Free but must register at master_gardener@pwcgov.org. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, VA. Hosted by Prince William County Extension Agents and Master Gardeners. http://www.pwcgov.org/grow

19, Saturday, Lecture: Fruit Trees, 10:30 to noon. Free but must register. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, http://www.mgnv.org

19, Saturday and 20, Sunday. Orchid diagnostic and repotting clinic (free but your orchid can be repotted for a fee). 9:30 to 4:30 pm on both days. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

20, Sunday, Lecture: The Botany and Chemistry of Brewing – Barley, by Todd Brethauer, free but must register, 1:00 to 2:30. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

23, Wednesday, Tour: Horticultural Backstage Pass – the USBG Production Facility, 10:30 am to noon. Free but must register and meet at the Production Facility (4700 Shepherd Parkway SW Washington DC) U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

23, Wednesday, Garden Therapy, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00-8:00 pm. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. Taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, free, no registration required.  http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

24, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Transition to a Fall Vegetable Garden. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

25, Friday, Guided Tour of Tudor Place Gardens, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Free for members, fee for non-members and walkins are welcome but can register in advance. Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street, NW, Washington DC.  http://www.tudorplace.org

26, Saturday, Garden Terrarium Workshop, 1:00 to 2:30, fee and must register. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn will provide information on begonias and teach techniques for creating a tabletop terrarium. Fee and must register, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

26, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, August 27, noon to 3:30 pm. Free. Annual Begonia Show and Sale, sponsored by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

26, Saturday, Lecture: Lawn Care: Keeping It Green and Healthy, 2:00 pm, free, Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

26, Saturday and 27, Sunday, Centro Ashe – Chesapeake Herb Gathering. Must register. Fox Haven Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, MD. http://www.chesapeakeherbgathering.com

28, Monday, Fall Vegetable Garden, 7-8:30 pm, free but must register. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Also offered on 8/29, Tuesday (same topic) at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. http://www.mgnv.org

29, Tuesday, Fall Vegetable Garden, 7-8:30 pm, free but must register. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. Also offered on 8/28, Monday, at the Beatley library, same topic. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. http://www.mgnv.org

29 through October 1, Tri-State Native Plant Conference at Shepherdstown, WV. http://www.vnps.org/tri-state-native-plant-conference-2017

31, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm, Free. Meet at the East Walk of the Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden and join Smithsonian Garden horticulturist for series of free lunch time talks on Thursdays. Today’s topic: Build a Terrarium. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

Just a reminder,

The DC Parks and Recreation has a Summer Garden Workshop Series. Free workshops until September. Focused on practical urban gardening and taught by the leaders of DC urban garden movement. Check out the website for more details:

https://dpr.dc.gov/node/1124742

The Smithsonian Gardens staff provide garden tours on a regular basis in the summer (http://www.gardens.si.edu)

  • The Mary Livingston Ripley garden has tours on Tuesday at 2:00 pm
  • The Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle has tours on Wednesday at 10:00 am
  • Common ground: Our American Garden at the National Museum of American History has tours on Thursdays at 9:30 am.
  • Native Landscapes at the National Museum of the American Indian has tours at Thursdays at 1:00 pm

The Franciscan Monastery gives guided garden tours on Saturdays, 11:00 am and noon, free. http://www.fmgg.org

Historic London Town and Gardens gives guided garden tours on weekends from 1:30 to 2:00 pm, free http://www.historiclondontown.org

In August, Hillwood Museum and Estate is offering a special: groups of ten or more that visit will enjoy a special discounted admission rate, advance tour reservations, complimentary passes for group planners, and an opportunity to book private and curator led tours. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

Before school starts, visit the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. The exhibit is open until September 17 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily but if there is excessive heat, it may shut down to protect the butterflies. Entrance fee to the Wings of Fancy. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

Amazing Lotus Flowers and Water Lilies at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

On Saturday, I visited the annual water lily and lotus festival at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. The free festival was from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and billed as a family event.  I arrived early to park nearby but there was a shuttle that ferried people from the metro station and other parking lots. The music had already started. There was a stage with a band, plenty of picnic tables, and paper lotus-shaped lanterns strung from trees. People from several local organizations were setting up tables to either inform the public of their organization, offer crafts for kids, sell or make the paper lanterns, try lotus tea, and other activities. Many families brought coolers to eat lunch; later I spied several food trucks parked on the street. Because this is a national park, there is a small gift shop, plenty of bathrooms, and very informative rangers. There also were volunteer from the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens passing out brochures.

I first saw pools of water lilies (Nymphaea odorata) and then an interesting collection of cannas. I took many photos with only an iPhone — I had no idea this was THE photographic event. Swarms of professional photographers collected on the banks, setting up tripods and taking photos with large equipment.

Down the trail was a field of the sacred Asian lotus, Nelumbo nucifera. There were thousands of blossoms and seed heads with leaves larger than dinner plates. Beyond that were more ponds with water lilies and more lotus. There were many other water loving plants on the paths including buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), swamp mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos),  and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum). Frogs, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies, and plenty of birds were in view and I heard there were beavers, ducks, and herons.

Further out was a boardwalk to the Kenilworth Marsh, the last surviving tidal marsh on the Anacostia River. This wild, natural area gives a glimpse of what the river would have looked like 300 years ago when it was inhabited by Nacotchtank American Indians (Jesuit priests later changed the name to Anacostia).

The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, located within the Anacostia Park, is the only National Park Service unit dedicated to cultivating water loving plants.  It is comprised of more than 45 ponds filled with a variety of tropical and hardy water lilies, lotus, and other aquatic species. This land was originally owned by Walter B. Shaw, a veteran of the Civil War. He had a clerical position with the U.S. Treasury Department and purchased 30 acres in the 1880’s. He planted water lilies from his hometown in Maine in a pond that was used to make ice. As he built more ponds and grew more water lilies, he developed the W.B. Shaw Lily Ponds business. His daughter, Helen, managed the business and traveled the world looking for more varieties of water lilies and lotus. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to dredge the Anacostia River, threatening to destroy the gardens, Congress purchased 8 acres in 1938 to preserve the area and the plants. The National Park Service received the property and renamed the gardens Kenilworth.

Even though the annual festival is over, the water lilies and lotus are still there in full bloom. Visit in the morning as many flowers will close up in the afternoon or when temperatures are above 90 degrees. The hardy water lilies begin blooming in early May and tropical water lilies bloom from early June through early fall. The lotus bloom from late June through the end of August. I overheard a ranger say that they have the giant Amazonian water lily (Victoria trickeri) but the leaves do not reach mature size until September. If you are interested in volunteering  or learning more about their other events, contact the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

The Opportunity to Meet World-Renowned Dutch Meadow Designer Piet Oudolf

My friend Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants,  is a board member of the Delaware Botanic Garden. She asked if I would share the good news that Piet Oudolf, world-renowned Dutch Meadow designer, nurseryman, and author, will be in Delaware for a lecture and reception on Friday, September 8, 2017. Normally I would include this in my monthly list of gardening events but he is such a draw, especially since he does not live here, I think the tickets will go like hotcakes. Here on this side of the ocean he is best known for the High Line in New York City. Piet has been commissioned to create a two-acre meadow at Delaware Botanic Garden and will be guiding the planting of the first part of the meadow at the garden site in the beginning of September. The Delaware Botanic Garden is a new botanic garden, scheduled to open in 2019.