Meeting calendar, 2021–2022

Members’ Round Robin
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10:30 am

Our 2021–2022 meeting year begins on the autumn equinox (when the day and the night are roughly equal length), which officially falls on September 22 at 3:20 pm. Our Zoom meeting begins at 10:30 am, with the traditional round robin when members share their gardening experiences, stories of new plants that flourished or failed, new tools and practices that improved the garden or didn’t, cicadas, oak leaf itch mites that irritated, butterflies and hummingbirds that elated, and birds that got sick and perished from the seed in our bird feeders. There’s lots to share. As we’ve done in the past, a timekeeper will help us limit our speaking time to about 2 minutes, so everyone has a chance to share.

Herbs that will flourish in our local gardens
Holly Shimizu
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
10:30 am

Holly Shimizu is a nationally known horticulturist and educator who has worked in Europe, came to Washington, and landed a dream job at the National Arboretum as Curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum. Who better to share knowledge of which herbs we should plant here? But Holly has many other accomplishments, including hosting PBS’ Victory Garden and  leading garden tours around the world, to name a couple.  In 2020 she was presented the Scott Garden and Horticultural Medal and Award from Swarthmore College.  You can tour her Lewes, Delaware, garden on YouTube.

Conifers for the modern mid-Atlantic landscape
Joe Meny
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
10:30 am

With the holidays and the club’s Greens Workshop fast approaching, Joe Meny will arm us with information on which shrubs, etc., we should plant in order to add to our clipping possibilities in the years to come. Joe is  curator of the Gotelli  Conifer Collection at the National Arboretum, where he maintains the aesthetic and cultural requirements of its specimens.  He has worked at the Arboretum since 2007 where he started as an intern.

Holiday greens workshop Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Member Patricia Pennington is organizing this year’s workshop. More details to follow!

Exceedingly curious tale of “A Curious Herbal”
Nancy Stevens
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
10:30 am

Nancy Stevens will present her Zoom talk, The Exceedingly Curious Tale of “A Curious Herbal,” a 16th century book about medicinal plants. She noted that a copy of this book sold for $25,000 in 2017 at Christie’s, New York. Nancy is a Glaswegian who, after retiring from her job at the Royal Bank of Scotland, took up a new career as a freelance writer. Nancy has gardened for over 30 years and been chairman of her local garden club,  Baldernock Garden Club, for 7 years. Here’s a chance to hear a speaker from a slightly different gardening tradition, so do mark your calendars.

Growing your own groceries
Niraj Ray
Wednesday,  February 23, 2022
10:30 am

Niraj knows about vertical gardening and hydroponics. He is focused on bringing innovative and sustainable gardens to Washington, DC, and strawberry  farms to Maharastra, India. His mission is to transform urban food deserts into thriving local food systems. To that end he founded Cultivate the City and established working relationships with Gallaudet University, the Washington Nationals, and other Washington businesses. His talk will include information about how to garden vertically and principles of hydroponic gardening. He has a B.S. from Ohio State University and an M.S. from Bethune-Cookman University, and was a National Wildlife Emerging Leader fellow.

Ornamental Grasses
Marie Rojas
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
10:30 am

Marie, a master gardener for the last 27 years, spoke to the Club in 2017 when her topic was bees. In addition to keeping bees, she also raises chickens on her 92 acre farm in Montgomery County. She knows a lot about grasses and will share her knowledge with us.  If you want to know more about what grasses to choose for your garden, be sure to hear her presentation.

Great natives for the home garden
Lauren Hubbard
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
10:30 am

Lauren Hubbard is interested in preserving diversity in the native plant population, and her talk will focus on what she’s learned about natives that are satisfying to grow in our own backyards. She has a Ph.D. in plant biology and is on the board of the Maryland Native Plant Society. Although she was a BCGC member last year, she says she missed most of our meetings due to pressures of work: she owns a small native plant nursery. Don’t miss a good opportunity to increase your knowledge of native plants that will flourish in your gardens.

Plant sale Thursday, May 12, 2022

Stay tuned for details!

Club picnic June, 2022

Location and date TBD


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