The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club Library is an archive of garden-related materials shared by members. Be sure to visit the Newsletters archive for additional gardening information.

Please send published article or non-newsletter specific submissions to BCGC Webmaster in PDF format when possible.

Club Meeting Presentations:

(Presentations hyperlinked when available)


April 26, 2022 - Maryland Native Orchids, Jay Tullos, Club Member

March 29, 2022 - Growing Geraniums, Christopher Loffredo, Prince George's County Master Gardener and Club Member

February 22, 2022 - Home Squeezed; Growing Citrus in Maryland, Christina Gouin, Biological Scientist, Citrus Pathologist

January 25, 2022 - Audubon Wildlife Habitat Program, Prince George's County Audubon Society - Kathy Shollenberger and Barry Stahl


November 30, 2021 - Beekeeping 101A OR How to Take the Sting out of Beekeeping, Peter Quinton, Beekeeper, member of the Anne Arundel Beekeepers Association, life member of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, life member of the Eastern Apicultural Society, beekeeper since 1954.

October 26, 2021 - Club History, Cecelia Reddy, Club Member; Master Gardener Program, Patti Thorpe, Prince George's County Master Gardener and Club Member

September 28, 2021 - The Mellowing Gardener: Coping Strategies for our Aging Gardens, Christopher Loffredo, Prince George's County Master Gardener and Club Member

August 31, 2021 - Professional Landscaping; A Customer's Perspective, A. Kruger, Club Member

July 27, 2021 - Outdoor Container Gardening, Christopher Loffredo, Prince Georges County Master Gardener, and Club member

June 29, 2021 - My Tomato Adventure, Christopher Nolte, Club member

June 29, 2021 - Climate Change, John Teasdale, Club member

May 25, 2021 - Growing and Caring for Orchids, Carol Allen

April 26, 2021 - Exploring the William Paca Garden, Janet Hall, Historic Annapolis

March 30, 2021 - Wit and Wisecracks from the Plant Clinic: Vegetable Gardens, Lawns, and Pests, Christopher Loffredo, Prince George's County Master Gardener and Club member

February 23, 2021 - Wit and Wisecracks from the Plant Clinic: Trees, Shrubs, Container Gardens, Natives, and Indoor Plants, Christopher Loffredo, Prince George's County Master Gardener and Club member

January 26, 2021 - The Wildlife of a Gardener, Janet Kole

2020 and older

November 17, 2020 - Aquaponics, Brian Filipowich, Director, Anacostia Aquaponics, Chairman, Aquaponics Association

October 27, 2020 - Lawn Care Best Management Practices, Geoffrey Rinehart, Lecturer, University of Maryland ‘Grass Roots’ Agronomist, US National Arboretum

April 28, 2020 - House Plants 101, Christopher Loffredo, Prince George's County Master Gardener

March 31, 2020 - Plants that Grow in the Shade, Christopher Loffredo, Bowie-Crofton Garden Club, University of Maryland Extension, Master Gardener, Prince George’s County

July 30, 2019 - Protect and Conserve Insect Biodiversity, Dr. Rebeccah Waterworth, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park MD

September 25, 2018 - 10 Rules for Online Safety, Melissa Vice

Web Pages:

Homestead Gardens Tips and Trends - Blog of seasonally relevant information.

Butterfly Flower Gardening — Link to information about Butterfly Flower Gardening. This link was sent to us by students from the Valley Charter School after they found our website.

Garden Forum Lawn Care -- This forum is meant for the discussion of lawn care--proper maintenance, recommendations for selections, fertilizers, etc. There is also a separate forum on tractors.

Hydrangeas-Hydrangeas -- This site is all about the enjoyment and care of hydrangeas. Enthusiasts share photographs and information about classification, culture, propagation, and pruning.

Landscaping for a Bird Friendly Backyard — Nice article by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Mind Your Mulch — Tips on Mulching from the Gardener's Supply Company.

Other Garden Related Materials:

2021 - Bowie is for Gardeners book, authored by Club members

2020 - Bowie Earth Year 2020, 100 Acts of Green (pdf),

2018, May - Native Pollinator Plants that Need Well Drained Winter Soil (png)

2017, July - Suckering Tomatoes - A short video on pruning tomatoes, Melissa Vice (mp4)

2016, April - Community Garden Supports Bowie Food Pantry News Release (pdf)

2016 - Winter Freeze Damage, Gene Sumi, Homestead Gardens’ Education Coordinator and Expert Horticulturalist (pdf)

2014, March 20 - Bowie Gardens: Help Save the Monarch Butterflies, Elmer Dengler for Bowie Blade News (pdf)

2014, February 14 - Spring Gardening Begins Now, Verna Teasdale for Bowie Blade News (pdf)

2013, December 14 - The Gardener’s Delight - By Linda Cooper, an original poem (pdf)