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

Sixty gardening events in the month of July and that is not including visiting your local public gardens in the summer!

1, Saturday, Walking Tour: Great Plants for Wet Areas of the Yard. 11:00 am, free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

1, Saturday, Crape Myrtles and More: Our Favorite Summer Blooming Shrubs, 2:00 pm, free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

5, Wednesday, Gardener’s Focus: Japanese Style Garden, 10:30 to 11:00 am. Fee is included in suggested donation. Also offered on Wednesday July 12, 19, and 26. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

6, Thursday, Gardener’s Focus: Summer Design, 2:45 to 3:30 pm. Tour that meets on second floor of visitor center. Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

6, Thursday, Lecture: Creating a Year-Round Landscape Filled with Color, by Linda Hostetler. 7:00 pm, Free. Rust Library, Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, VA. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardeners. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

6, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm. 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: Containers: Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

6, Thursday, Grow Your Own Bog and Carnivorous Container Garden, 10:00 to 11:30 am. Fee and must register. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

7, Friday, Gardener’s Focus: Summer Design, 2:45 to 3:30 pm. Tour that meets on second floor of visitor center. Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

7, Friday, and 8, Saturday. Daylily Exhibition, Sale, and Tour (Meadowlark has an extensive daylily collection). 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, free. Hosted by the Northern Virginia Daylily Society. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA. https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens

8, Saturday, and 9, Sunday. Orchid diagnostic and repotting clinic, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

8, Saturday, Japanese Style Floral Design, 10:00 am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Fee and must register. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

8, Saturday, Talk: Mosquito madness and ticked off with ticks: what you can do to live comfortably outside. 11:00 am., free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

8, Saturday, Summer Plants that Sizzle, not Fizzle, 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

8, Saturday, Saturdays in the Garden, Compost is Nature’s Way to Recycle. 10:00 to 11:00 am, free. At the Loudoun County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, VA. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

8, Saturday, Full Moon Cocktail Dinner, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Fee and must register. Enjoy light catered dinner and cocktails in the new Evening Affair garden filled with fragrant white flowers that glow in the moonlight. The designer will lead a full moon tour through the garden discussing the design process and unusual fragrant species. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. http://www.brooksidegardens.org

9, Sunday, Edible Herbs and Soft Fruits of Belle Grove Garden, Fee and must register. Hosted by Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners, Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd., Middletown, VA. http://www.nsvmga.org

10, Monday, Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control. 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free but must register. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA. http://www.mgnv.org

11, Tuesday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

11, Tuesday, You can grow it, 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Meet in the center of the garden court. Free but must register, this tour may go outdoors. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

12, Wednesday, Surviving the Heat: Learn how to protect heat hating/heat loving plants during Virginia summers, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00 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. Library phone and website:  http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

12, Wednesday, Gardener’s Focus: Japanese Style Garden, 10:30 am fee is included in suggested donation. Also offered on Wednesday July 5, 19, and 26. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

13, 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: Perennial Favorites. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

13, Thursday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

13, Thursday, Behind the Scenes at the U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility 10:30 to 11:30. Free but pre-register. Meet in lobby of the production facility (see website for directions). U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

14, Friday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

14, Friday, Trees of the Regional Garden, tour held outdoors, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, free, must register. Meet on the National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

14, Friday through Monday 17, Crapemyrtle Festival, Homestead Gardens, free. Both locations, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD; and 522 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD. http://www.homesteadgardens.com

15, Saturday, Pollinator Meetup: Everything Monarch, 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Free but must register. 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. http://www.homesteadgardens.com

15, Saturday, Lecture: The right soil and fertilizer: Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potash. 10:30 to noon, free but must register. Conservatory classroom. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

15, Saturdays in the Garden, Garden Heroes (good and bad bugs) and Vegetable of the month, free but must register, 9:00 am to noon. Hosted by Prince William County Master Gardeners. Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery. 9535, Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/vce/pages/saturday-in-the-garden.aspx   http://www.pwcgov.org/grow

15, Saturday, Annual Waterlily and Lotus Festival, 10 am to 4 pm, free. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1505 Ancostia Avenue, NE Washington DC.  https://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/lotus-and-water-lily-festival.htm

15, Saturday, Composting: From Table to Garden, 2:00 pm. Free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

15, Saturday, Made in the Shade Gardening Program, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Fee and must register, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

18, Tuesday, Topiary: The Art of Creative Pruning, 9:00 am, free and must register. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD. http://www.ladewgardens.org

18, Tuesday, Gardening for Wildlife: Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Certification. 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free and must register. Westover Library, 1644 North McKinley Road, Suite 3, Arlington. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. http://www.mgnv.org

18, Tuesday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

19, Wednesday, Seed Saving, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00 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. Library phone and website:  http://www.library.arlingtonva.us. http://www.mgnv.org

19, Wednesday, Gardener’s Focus: Japanese Style Garden, 10:30 am fee is included in suggested donation. Also offered on Wednesday July 5, 12, and 26. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

19, Wednesday, Lecture: Small Water Features in the Garden, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Takoma Horticultural Society. Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. http://www.takomahort.org

20, 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: Growing, Drying and Freezing Herbs. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

20, Thursday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

21, Friday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

22, Saturday, and 23, Sunday, Montgomery County Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, free and times vary by location, see the link and brochure. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html

22, Saturday, Workshop: Terrarium Making with Succulents, 10:30 am to 11:30 am or 2 to 3 pm (which is a repeat of the morning workshop). Free and must register. Conservatory Classroom. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

22, Saturday, and 23, Sunday, Orchid diagnostic and repotting clinic, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

23, Sunday, Historic Garden Herb and Wine Tasting, 5:00 to7:00 pm. Fee and must register, limited seating. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA. http://www.oatlands.org

25, Tuesday, Tour: Rediscover Bartholdi Park, 10:30 to 11:30, free but must register. Meet by the Bartholdi Park Fountain outside. U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW, Washington DC. http://www.usbg.gov

25, Tuesday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

26, Wednesday, Composting and Vermiculture, Wednesdays in the Garden Series, 7:00 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. Library phone and website:  http://www.library.arlingtonva.us.  http://www.mgnv.org

26, Wednesday, Gardener’s Focus: Japanese Style Garden, 10:30 am, fee is included in suggested donation. Also offered on Wednesday July 5, 12, and 19. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

27, Thursday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

27, Thursday, Let’s Talk Gardens, 12:15-12:45 pm. 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: Hydrangeas Made Simple. http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html

28, Friday, Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Gardener’s Bounty, 1:00 pm. (Tour). Limited number of tickets are distributed at visitor center upon opening each day and are included in suggested donation. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

28, Friday, Tour of Tudor’s gardens, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Must register and requires the admission fee to the estate. Tudor offers tours on the fourth Friday of the month but people can take self-guided tours other times when the estate is open. 1644 31st Street NW Washington DC. https://www.tudorplace.org/

29, Saturday, Herbs and Tea: Tour and Tasting, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Fee and must register, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA. https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens

28, Friday, noon to 4:00 pm; 29, Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and 30, Sunday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. International Tree Climbing Championship with Arbor Fair and Expo, free and family event. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington DC. http://www.usna.usda.gov/

29, Saturday, Talk: The best local gardens to visit in the Washington Baltimore area. 2:00 pm. Free. Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD. http://www.behnkes.com

30, Sunday, Floral Design Workshop: The Cutting Garden Bounty, 10 to 12:30 or 2:00 to 4:30 pm. Fee and must register. Hillwood Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC. http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org

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

Peg’s Picks: July Edible Gardening Events in Washington DC Metro Area

In addition to my pick of edible gardening events below, remember that July is National Park and Recreation Month so check local parks to see if they have demonstration gardens, classes, and tours related to gardening.

11, Saturday, 9 to noon, Composting and Starting the Fall Vegetable Garden. Hosted by the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Prince William County Master Gardeners as part of their “Saturdays in the Garden” series. Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. Free but must register in advance, (703) 792-7747 or e-mail master_gardener@pwcgov.org. http://www.pwcgov.org/grow

25, Saturday, 10 to 11:30 am., Low Tunnels and Winter Gardening, Course #316453, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD. Must register, fee involved; (301) 962-1451.
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

25 and 26, Saturday and Sunday, The Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, most farms will be open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. A map and brochure are on the site below.
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html

The Arlington Central Library hosts the “Garden Talks” series of free, one-hour presentations every Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm starting in mid-March through the end of October. The web site lists the topics and also serves as a resource for gardening in the area.
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA; (703) 228-5990.
http://library.arlingtonva.us/events/garden-talks/

July 1: Top Ten Vegetable Plant Diseases: Rot Not!
July 8: Solar Cooking
July 15: Foraging the Wild Edibles
July 22: Lasagna Gardens – the Layered Approach
July 29: Preparing Your Entry for Arlington County Fair

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is offering over 50 free garden workshops from May through September, taught by the leaders of DC’s urban garden movement. Each class is 2 hours long, on Monday or Wednesday evening, and there are various Saturday field trips. Free but must register online at http://dcdpr.asapconnected.com. For a full list of classes and locations, check out http://dpr.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dpr/publication/attachments/SummerGardenWorkshopSeries2015.pdf

For further questions, contact the DPR community garden specialist, Joshua Singer, e-mail: Joshua.singer@dc.gov. Here is a sample of July topics:
• Starting Seeds, Propagating and Grafting at Home
• Intro to Urban Bee Keeping
• Fall Asian Vegetables from the Garden
• Dealing with Deer and Other Mammal Pests in Your Garden
• Soil Biology

Look ahead: August 1, Saturday, University of Maryland Extension’s Grow It Eat It Open House, 8:30 to 1:00 pm, Agriculture History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD. Free but must register for some classes, check out their brochure.
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/montgomery-county-vegetable-gardening-classes-and-events