Friday, August 24, 2018

Fall Gardening Classes

What comes to mind when you think of fall? For many, its trees changing colors, mums, pumpkins, and, back to school. We take learning seriously at Valley View Farms, starting up our gardening classes once again in September. Here is a list of upcoming seminars:

On September 1 at 9 am, we will kick off our fall gardening series with Show and Tell Bonsai. Bonsai enthusiasts are welcome to share their projects and plants with others during the get-together, identifying the successes, challenges and techniques used in creating bonsai.

The September 8 class at 9 am will showcase Fall Gardens and Container Designs. Eric R will share design ideas and demonstrate how to combine plants in gardens and containers for autumn decorating.

On September 15 at 9 am, our own Nathan S will host a Fall Lawn Clinic. This is a great opportunity to get some answers about seeding and feeding the lawn. Nathan will also identify weeds and pests that may have found their way into fall lawns.
Fall is a great time to renovate the lawn

Also on September 15 at 11 am, we are excited to present Susie Creamer, the Director of Urban Education at the Patterson Park Audubon Center. Susie will teach us how to create a Bird-Friendly Garden. 

Spring Flowering Bulbs are the topic of September 22nd's talk at 9 am. Specifically, Carrie will be exploring the world of minor bulbs, the unique plants that can be tucked into the landscape with the more popular tulips and daffodils.
Learn more about minor bulbs like Camassia

The Unusual Styles and Techniques of the Bonsai world are featured at the October 6 class at 9 am. Literati, and using Jin and Shari are among the topics of today's discussion featuring Martha Meehan.

Water gardening enthusiasts will appreciate the class on Winterizing the Water Garden, hosted by manager Tim M. on October 13 at 9 am.
Tim will 

One of our favorite events of the year is Owl-o-ween, happening here on October 21 at 1 pm. Kathy Woods, from Phoenix Wildlife Center, will be here with some volunteers to teach us about owls, hawks and other birds of prey. PWC rescues and rehabilitates birds and other animals that may have been inadvertently harmed, often by humans. Kathy may have an owl or two with her for us to meet and learn more about.
One of the volunteers from Phoenix Wildlife Center

Our Create a Topiary Workshop on October 27 at 9 am will enable us to create a living sculpture with plants in time for the upcoming holidays. Please check our website or facebook page for more information closet to the date.

Lastly, what would fall be without the GREAT PUMPKIN SEED CONTEST? The seed count happens at noon on October 27, with WBAL's Tom Tasselmyer and Laurie Tasselmyer who have been our guest counters for many years.
Laurie and Tom Tasselmyer

Stay tuned for more seminars and events as we get closer to the holidays. In the meantime, enjoy the remnants of summer and the upcoming fall season. .