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2018, Oct. 30 Plant Diseases by Howard Waterworth, PhD

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:32 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

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 The Tuesday, October 30th meeting of the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club at 7pm at Kenhill  Center will feature a talk by Howard Waterworth, PhD on Plant Diseases. 

We can do everything right and a plant disease can destroy all our efforts. Hear about this wide ranging topic from a professionally trained plant pathologist and former Beltsville, USDA researcher with 35 years of experience working with diseases, and in particular viruses.  Come with questions and concerns and Dr Waterworth will help us understand this complex science; combing his 15 years of work as a Master Gardener with his training and research experience. 

The talk as always is free and open to the general public.  Come grow with us. 
New members always welcome.

2018, Sat. Oct. 20 - BCGC Annual Halloween Party

posted Oct 1, 2018, 6:07 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 BCGC Halloween Party - main dish and drinks will be provided. Members can bring side dishes and desserts to share. Costumes encourage but not required. Best costume prize will be awarded.

Please RSVP to Carmen Hernandez at BCGC.hospitality@gmail.com or 301-821-5302 to indicate if you are bring a side dish or a dessert.


2018 Sat. Oct. 6 - BCGC Roadside Cleanup

posted Sep 14, 2018, 8:57 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club members engage in valuable philanthropic services for the community of Bowie. None are more valued than providing Roadside Cleanup on Rt. 197. We will meeting at 8:00 AM Saturday Oct. 6 in the Burger King parking lot on Laurel Bowie Rd. Please wear comfortable clothing, shoes and bring gloves. Grabbers and orange safety vests will be provided. 

You never know what find on this well-traveled stretch of roadway, but cleanup crew members have been known to find money, jewelry, and of course, lots of golf balls. Please contact Roadside Cleanup Coordinator, Deb Forespring at BCGC.rdcleanup@gmail.com.
We will see you there!

2018 Sept, 25 BCGC Mini-Talks - 6:00-9:00pm

posted Sep 12, 2018, 7:01 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

BCGC September Meeting Mini-Talks -  Join us a little earlier at 6:00 pm for Mini-Talks. We have three segments to this month's Topics. 

6:00 pm -7:00 pm
BCGC President, Brian Gollsneider is reprising the very popular "Gardening and More in Afghanistan" for anyone who may have missed it. Come learn about how the gardens grow in this unique climate. Brian experienced cultural variations that prove we are all more alike than we are different the world around.
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Top 10 Online Security Best Practices" by Melissa Vice, BCGC Webmaster and our resident cybersecurity expert. Ms. Vice earned a Masters in Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland and is a Gordon Prize recipient for her work on Insider Threat mitigation. Protecting personally identifiable information (PII) can be a full-time job, however implementing these Top 10 Online Safety Best Practices can provide a layered defense. 

 7:30 - 8:00 Club Business Meeting
 QA8:00 - 9:00 BCGC Q&A on Garden-related member issues.
September is a time when gardens are slowing down in preparation for their Winter rest. This is a great time for Gardeners to review the growing season's "Lessons Learned" and to apply these lessons to Spring. The Bowie - Crofton Garden Club invites you to share any successes or failures with your fellow club members.

Do you have a gardening question that another club member may be able to answer?
Or a success story that could inspire other gardeners? 

Please submit your questions or request to present to the "president@bcgardenclub.org" for this informative meeting. 

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

posted Aug 14, 2018, 4:26 PM 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 ]

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.

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 

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

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