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2018, Aug. 28 - BCGC Meeting - Local Maryland Orchids

posted by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

Tuesday August 28 - BCGC Meeting -  Topic: Local Orchids blooming in late July in Maryland by Jay Tullos
White Fringed Orchid

Platanthera blephariglottis (White Fringed Orchid)

Crested Yellow Orchid

Platanthera cristata (Crested Yellow Orchid)

Purple Fringeless Orchid

Platanthera peramoena (Purple Fringeless Orchid)

2018 - Sat. Aug. 18 - Mt. Cuba Field-trip

posted Jul 7, 2018, 9:01 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

Mt. Cuba Center, a non-profit botanical garden, which has growing conditions
similar to Bowie’s is located near Wilmington, Delaware.
Mt. Cuba is known for its diverse gardens, horticultural research and study of
eastern North American flora.
Mt. Cuba’s has a collection of over 6,500 documented plants in a
variety of gardens ranging from formal to natural. The gardens include native
plant meadows, woodlands and ponds, and non-native planting. The Center’s
focus is on restoration and conservation through science-based research
projects and collaboration.
Advanced research in evaluating plants for pollinators and landscape
gardening is done at Mt. Cuba. Many of the plants from North Creek Nursery
that the Garden Club sells at the Plant Sale were evaluated at Mt. Cuba.
The Garden Club has arranged admission to Mt. Cuba and a guided
tour of Mt. Cuba’s research and evaluations work on August 18, for $12 per
person. However, to hold the date and guarantee the tour, the Club must
have a minimum of 10 paid people by Tuesday, July 31.
Register to visit Mt. Cuba now by making a check payable to B-C
Garden Club and bringing it to the Garden Club meeting on June 26 or July
31. Alternatively, you can mail your check to the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club,
PO Box 781, Bowie, MD 20718. Your check must be received by July 31.

2018 - Tues. July 31 - "Afghanistan Gardening" by Brian G.

posted Jul 7, 2018, 9:00 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

Join BCGC for a unique chance to hear about gardening in a formidable landscape from garden club President Brian Gollsneider.

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Meeting
Kenhill Center multi-purpose room

Topic: Gardening in Afghanistan
Speaker: Brian Gollsneider, Garden Club President

2018, Tues. June 26th 7pm - "Papercrete Pot Making" by Phyllis Hills

posted May 28, 2018, 8:53 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 5:15 AM ]

papercrete
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Meeting at 7pm
Kenhill Center multi-purpose room
Topic: Papercrete Pot Making
Speaker and Demonstrator: Phyllis Hills

Learn how she makes papercrete pots for plants from recycled newsprint and vermiculite bonded with cement.

Sat. June 16, 2018 - BCGC Picnic

posted May 28, 2018, 8:40 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

Sat. June 16, 2018 
BCGC Picnic 1–4 p.m. 
12415 Stonehaven Ln., Bowie, MD
Carmen Hernandez’s backyard

The Club will provide Popeye’s chicken and drinks.

Bring your favorite picnic food to share.
 
picnic


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:30 pm - UMD Research Greenhouse Tour

posted May 9, 2018, 7:48 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated May 28, 2018, 8:30 AM ]

Folks want to see the science in botany and horticulture! COME TO THIS TOUR!
Tuesday, May 29th, 6:30 pm  Garden Club May Tour and Regular Meeting Details NOTE TIME CHANGE 6:30 pm to accommodate our guides.

Here after a lot of work are the details for the club's meeting and tour at the UMD Research Greenhouse Complex. We are very fortunate to be able to have this tour, please come!!

Drive to University Avenue heading West from US Route 1 (either by way of Greenbelt Road or Route 1).
Get in left lane.
At the first stop light (Metzerott Road intersection) get in left turn lane.
Turn left onto Paint Branch Drive into the University of Maryland campus.
Turn right onto Terrapin Trail (second right).
Bear right at fork in road and continue to parking lot P1 on right.
Parking is free after 4 p.m. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. in Parking Lot P1 and walk the short distance together to
the research greenhouses.
If you use GPS or want to download specific directions from your house to parking lot P1, use the address
4252 Terrapin Trail, College Park, MD 20742.


1.  Here are directions. THE HOTLINK IN Blue at the end of the directions is particularly useful for the current best route.

We are meeting at the Research Greenhouses not the Arboretum..  Park in lot P1, it is free after 4pm

From Kenhill Center to Lot 4b via US-50 W and I-495 N/I-95 N
22 min (15 mi)
21 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 7B for I-95 N/I-495 N
7. Keep left to stay on Exit 7B, follow signs for I-95 N/I-495 N/Belt Way
8. Take exit 23 for MD-201/Kenilworth Ave toward Bladensburg/Greenbelt
9. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto MD-201 S/Kenilworth Ave
10. Take the exit toward 
MD-193/Greenbelt Rd
11. Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right toward Greenbelt Rd
12. Use any lane to turn slightly left onto Greenbelt Rd
13. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Paint Branch Dr
14. Turn right
15. Arrive at location: Lot 4b

For the best route in current traffic visit 
https://goo.gl/maps/mcssEVrsQfA2

Here are some more hot links showing the parking lot and the research greenhouses.

The Research Greenhouse Complex is located here and the closest public parking is down the hill at Lot 4b. It also has a meeting room.
2.  Folks that want to carpool I really  suggest you coordinate in advance.  GREAT WAY TO INVITE FOLKS TO THE CLUB.   For others go to Kenhill Center side parking lot at 5:00 TO leave at 5:15.
We want all to be there at 6:30 pm and backups are common all along the way and you have a short walk from the parking lot...3.  The time to meet at the greenhouse complex is Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 NOTE TIME CHANGE to better accommodate the staff leading us.

3.  The parking lot 4B is free for all at 4pm and is close to the greenhouse facility.

4.  We will try and have a brief business meeting first so if folks are late they can find us.  There is a room there we can meet in.

5.  The tour will be no longer than 40 minutes and there are restrooms close.

Any problems call me on my cell at 301 792 5805.

UMD Research Greenhouse Complex

2018 Tues., Apr. 24 BCGC Meeting

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:30 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

Tuesday, April 24th,   7pm Kenhill Center

"New Plants for Helping Feed Baby Birds, Bees and Butterflies" by Elmer Dengler

 

Excellent quality landscape or starter plugs that are proven for large or small sites.

Many are suitable for patio and pot culture

Affordable prices for establishing pollinator beds

Guidance on what plants for what location

True mostly regional ecotype plants that feed caterpillars, bees and birds

Tested in Bowie by Elmer Dengler, retired agro-ecologist

Come hear a talk on new plants that will be available at the Saturday, April 28th Plant Sale., their care, and how to establish an inexpensive pollinator garden regardless of the kind of property you have.  Wet dry, sunny, shady, or on a patio; there are plants that will work there.

We for the first time will have some wonderful native starter trees and shrubs at the plant sale.  Great way to teach children about the living world around them.  Have them grow together with them.  We also have over 10 new selections, along with many types we have had before, of native pollinator plants; that have been proven to bring butterflies, fed caterpillars, and provide wonderful color to your gardens.  Sadly most of the flowers and perennials sold at most garden centers are not selected to attract and feed butterflies and bees.  Our selections have been carefully tested to do just that. They also come at the amazing garden club price of 2-3 dollars for long lived perennials and 5-10 dollars for very hard to find native trees and shrubs.

2018 BCGC Spring Plant Sale Sat., Apr. 28th

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:20 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 11:05 AM ]


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Come hear a talk on new plants that will be available at the Saturday, April 28th Plant Sale., their care, and how to establish an inexpensive pollinator garden regardless of the kind of property you have.  Wet dry, sunny, shady, or on a patio; there are plants that will work there.





We for the first time will have some wonderful native starter trees and shrubs at the plant sale.  Great way to teach children about the living world around them.  Have them grow together with them.  We also have over 10 new selections, along with many types we have had before, of native pollinator plants; that have been proven to bring butterflies, fed caterpillars, and provide wonderful color to your gardens.  Sadly most of the flowers and perennials sold at most garden centers are not selected to attract and feed butterflies and bees.  Our selections have been carefully tested to do just that. They also come at the amazing garden club price of 2-3 dollars for long lived perennials and 5-10 dollars for very hard to find native trees and shrubs.


Pollinator starter and landscape plugs,  proven to grow in Bowie, Md. will be available at the 30th Annual Bowie-Crofton Spring Plant Sale on Sat., April 29th 8am-Noon  at the Bowie Library.  Long lived mostly native perennials 2-3 dollars each.
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Tues. March 27, 2018- Earth Sangha

posted Mar 13, 2018, 4:15 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 4:19 PM ]

 
Earth Sangha
Tues. March 27, 2018 7:00 PM, 
Kenhill Center 
"Earth Sangha"
Native Plant Nursery and 
Restoration Group located in 
Fairfield, VA will share with us their amazing stories of conservation. 
Visit their website:   http://www.earthsangha.org/
 Matt Bright, Conservation Manager, Earth Sangha - A non profit native ecotype restoration group in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.  They are growing local native seed collected plants in 12,400 pots, and 14,700 plugs. About 25% of what they have sown are already  claimed for local restoration sites. They also have a similar operation in the Dominican Republic for restoration needs there.  They have over 6,000 volunteers for their restoration projects in Fairfax County and are the largest growers of true area native seed grown plants.   

Tues. Mar. 6, 2018 BCGC Meeting - Gardening Catalog Swap

posted Feb 6, 2018, 6:47 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

Winter is a perfect time to plan your 2018 growing season. Seed catalogs can provide new ideas but other Bowie-Crofton Garden Club members may have a catalog or technique you don't know. February's meeting will be dedicated to "sharing".

Bring any extra catalogs to, gardening questions, or even answers to share!
 
catalog swap

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