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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 ]

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.

11 Varieties of big plump blueberries and
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

Sat. June 24 - Detailed Tour of Regional Natives

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:48 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

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.

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


See PDF below for printable copy.

Apr. 1, 2017 - Tree Planting Workshop

posted Mar 22, 2017, 1:34 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

tree workshop

Mom's Organic Market Save the Dandelions 2017

posted Mar 15, 2017, 4:35 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 5:00 AM ]


Mom's Organic Market Save the Dandelions 2017
On March 18 & 19, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bowie-Crofton Garden Club members will be on hand to answer garden related questions during this community awareness event.

We’re raising awareness of the damaging and lasting effects that toxic lawn chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) have on our environment
Join MOM’s on Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm for samples and kids’ activities, plus opportunities to learn how to care for your lawn organically such as watering less frequently for deep root growth, keeping grass 3″ or higher for water retention, and overseeding your lawn with native grasses!
Our partner, A.I.R. Lawn Care, can help with all your organic lawn care & landscaping needs

Earth Day Week 2017 Activities and "Bringing Nature Home" by Douglas Tallamy

posted Mar 13, 2017, 9:49 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

BCGC Mar. 28, 2017 - Container Gardening by Elmer Dengler

posted Mar 13, 2017, 9:20 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 9:22 AM ]

This month's talk is on "Container Gardening" by Elmer Dengler.  

Container Gardening is everything that regular gardening is and even more.  If you grow it in a regular garden, you probably can grow it in a container.

Topics covered;

Why Container Gardening

1.  No yard!

2.  Need an crane to get up from gardening on the ground.  We all get older.

3.  I'm just passing through.  I can take them with me.

4.  I hate the mess of gardening.  Containers can be neat.

5. My soil is a Jurassic Swamp

Advantages you haven't considered.

1.  Sun issues- move where the sun is or warmth.  Get out of the spring Blizzard.  Summer Hurricane and Hale

2. Grow tropical fruit and flowers

3.  Vegetables and Herbs year round.

4.  Save that rare annual.

5.  The soil warms up faster in a pot.


1.The soil cools down in a pot

2.  Light pots, Light soil

3.  Make sure it drains and has a diaper

4.  Many kinds of container designed plants.  There is a minature of almost anything.

5.  You will need to water more

Neat types of container gardening

1.  Herbs

2.  Mints

3.  Mosquito repellers

4.  Wetand garden

5.  Cactus garden

6.  Plants that hate wet feet - Coneflowers, more

7.  Root crops

8.  Pollinators

9.  Waystation Containers

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