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2017 - Tues. Aug. 29 BCGC Meeting - "Establishing a Monarch Butterfly Waystation" by Cecilia Reddy

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:32 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 Tues. Aug 29 BCGC Meeting
7:00 PM @ Kenhill Center
"Establishing a 
Monarch Butterfly Waystation"
by Cecilia Reddy, Naturalist


 
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2017 - Tues. Aug. 15 Bowie Senior Center Garden Tour

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:25 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

Tues. Aug. 15
5:30 PM @ Bowie Senior Center
"Talk on Garden Pollinators"
6:00 PM @ Bowie Senior Center
Walking Tour of 
Monarch Butterfly Waystation
by Cecilia Reddy, Naturalist
 

Ask for Room Number at the desk

A Walking tour of the plants at the Bowie Senior Center and a talk on the new Pollinator and Monarch Butterfly Waystation at the Bowie Senior Center.  All by Cecilia Reddy, naturalist  volunteer instructor at the Bowie Senior Center.
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Wed. July 26, 2017 - Claggett Farm CSA Tour

posted Jul 10, 2017, 7:06 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 7:18 AM ]


 Wed. July 26, 2017
6:30 PM
Claggett Farm CSA 
for a tour of 
organic vegetable production areas
11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Carpooling recommended.
CSA Tour


 We will be having a separate in-depth tour of the actual Organic Vegetable CSA production areas.  Bring your questions on specific organic pest control so you too can try organic food production. 

For those seeking to carpool meet at Kenhill Center by 5:45 Pm. Talk with friends before to travel together or meet at the side parking lot of Kenhill Center by 5:45 PM. 

Follow the directions below,  we will be meeting at the CSA pick-up area which is  up the hill or North from where we met last year at the Clagget Farm.  At the first Y after turning off of Old Marboro Pike bare straight or North past the turn off to the house, and straight past the turn off that goes to the 3 barns.  The building and parking lot is at the top of the hill just after a sharp right turn, this is the CSA distribution building. 

This is an in-depth tour of the actual Organic Vegetable CSA field production methods.  We will learn their actual production methods while maintaining organic certification.  This is a large operation that provides organic food to many CSA members and gives many donations to food pantry and kitchens in Washington D.C.  The entire process is a demonstration farm of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
From Kenhill Center to Clagett Farm CSA, 
11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

25 min (15 mi)
25 min in current traffic

1. Head southwest toward Kenhill Dr
2. Turn right onto Kenhill Dr
3. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Collington Rd
4. Turn right onto US-301 S
5. Continue straight to stay on US-301 S
6. Slight right onto the MD-4 N ramp to Washington
7. Take the Ritchie Marlboro Rd exit
8. Merge onto Ritchie Marlboro Rd
9. Turn left onto Old Marlboro Pike
10. Turn right
11. Slight right
12. Arrive at location: Clagett Farm CSA, Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD

For the best route in current traffic visit https://goo.gl/maps/ xJygfusgf4M2

Tues. July 25, 2017 - "Name that Weed"

posted Jul 10, 2017, 6:53 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

Tues. July 25 Meeting
7:00 PM @ Kenhill Center
"Name that Weed"
Several local and county specialists will be available to help and we will have suggestions on basic weed identification guides.  
Bring a weed you want to get identified. 

Tues. June 27, 2017 - 7PM- Bonnie's Berries Visit

posted Jun 17, 2017, 10:34 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Jun 17, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

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The farm is 1.6 miles east of Route 301 and on the South side of Central Avenue.   The mailbox has the house number on it and has a sign hanging on it of a black antique sewing machine.    
Come up the driveway and turn Left towards the barn.   Park on the left on the grass.
 Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm at Bonnie's Berries 
18101 Central Avenue,
Upper Marlboro
(approx. 20 minutes from Kenhill Center). 

Invite your friends and family to join the BCGC for a walking tour and pick your own
fruit field-trip. 

Carpooling is encouraged.

Remember to wear walking shoes for walking in sawdust and CASH to buy
the fruit you pick.

The BCGC visited this farm two years ago, but it has some exciting new additions to hear about. Under Randy Owens creative guidance, they now use netting to protect the berries from marauding starlings and are using a sawdust based method of mulch.  Besides the 11 varieties of blueberries the farm has added a large planting of raspberries.  

Harvest is now on so come join the club to visit this exciting pick your own and bring some local fresh fruit back.  

We will have a short business meeting during our stay so please bring chairs.



 
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11 Varieties of big plump blueberries and
raspberries
Here is an interesting article on the benefits of this method of mulching:
Don't forget to Like Bonnie's Berries on FACEBOOK:

2017 BCGC summer picnic - Sun. June 11

posted Jun 4, 2017, 7:54 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club picnic is Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00pm.          
Location: Faith & Jerry Bange's, 3508 Foxhall Drive, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Everyone is requested to bring their own chairs and if you have a table that would be nice to bring too.
We also need sides dishes, salad and desserts.  
Please call or email Carmen Hernandez to indicate if you are bringing dessert, side dish or a salad and number of participants.
Carmen Hernandez 301 821-5302  Carmenllerena@sbcglobal.net

POSTPONED - Sat. June 24 - Detailed Tour of Regional Natives

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:48 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

NOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution the Bowie - Crofton Garden Club has decided to postpone the Tour of Wild Plant Nursery in Springfield, VA due to the heavy rain forecast for Sat. June 24, 2017. We hope to reschedule for a fall tour. More details will be provided at that time. 

The Garden Club is coordinating with members of the Green Team to see a great follow-up for folks who want to implement what Doug Tallamy talked about.  This is a great charity effort to restore the true natives of this region for both private individuals and units of government.  The potential to use these materials on Bowie projects including our schools is very high.  In addition their seed source selection is the best method to restore true natives to a local ecotype and is a wonderful opportunity to advance the type of native plantings done in Bowie.
Carpooling is encouraged from the Kenhill Center. Please arrange to meet at 7:30 am and leave by 8:00 am to arrive at Wild Plant Nursery in time for the tour. See attached flyer for additional information.

Directions:
Wild Plant Nursery, Franconia Park, Cloud Drive, Springfield, VA
From Kenhill Center to Wild Plant Nursery via I-495 S.
39 min (36 mi)
39 min in current traffic
1. Head southwest toward Kenhill Dr
2. Turn right onto Kenhill Dr
3. Use the middle lane to turn left onto Collington Rd
4. Use the right lane to take the US-50 W ramp to Washington
5. Merge onto US-50 W
6. Take exit 7A for I-95 S/I-495 S toward Richmond
7. Keep left at the fork to stay on I-495 S/I-95 S
8. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-495 W, follow signs for Interstate 495 N/Tysons Corner
9. Take exit 169A-169B for VA-644 E
10. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 169A, follow signs for VA-644 E/Franconia Rd/Franconia
11. Merge onto VA-644 E/Franconia Rd
12. Turn left onto Thomas Dr
13. Turn right onto Meriwether Ln
14. Turn left onto Cloud Dr
15. Arrive at location: Wild Plant Nursery
For the best route in current traffic visit
https://goo.gl/maps/TuAQXqWaSy s

Tues May 30, 2017 BCGC - "Dear Gardener" Meeting

posted May 18, 2017, 12:39 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 
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 BCGC May Meeting Tuesday May 30, 2017  7PM at Kenhill.  
This is a "Dear Gardener"/Members helping Members session.  

Please send in any pictures and questions to president@bcgardenclub.org before Tuesday so they can be displayed for the meeting. Be prepared to ask your most pressing gardening questions and to lend your expertise to another Bowie-Crofton Garden Club member.  

2017 May 20 - Bowie 6th Annual Habitat Tour

posted May 12, 2017, 6:22 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 
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Tourmap

See PDF below for printable copy.

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