Meeting calendar, 2023–2024

Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
11:30 am

A luncheon celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bethesda Community Garden Club was held at the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase. More information and photos are here.

Winning the War on Weeds
Kathy Jentz
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
10:30 am

Our first regular meeting of the 2nd half of our 100th year anniversary features one of the Washington metro area’s most well-known,longtime gardeners, Ms. Kathy Jentz. Kathy publishes the award winning online gardening magazine “Washington Gardener,” hosts a podcast, and has written several gardening books while maintaining a busy schedule as a speaker. Kathy will call out the 12 most noxious weeds and how to battle them. 

Fig — Fruit, Cultivation and History
Dr. Jafar Vossoughi
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
10:30 am

Dr. Jafar Vossoughi, a retired professor of bioengineering and a fellow master gardener, is an authority on figs, that ancient tree whose fruits make sumptuous and delicious preserves when cooked. Figs are thought to have been cultivated since 9400-9200BC—even before wheat—and there are references to them in the Bible. Certain varieties will grow in our area.  Dr.Vossoughi will tell us more about this iconic fruit and perhaps increase our appreciation of it.

Holiday greens workshop Wednesday, December 13, 2022

One of our favorite garden club events, in which we assemble holiday greens arrangements and take them to charities that serve our community. Bring your conditioned greens at 9:30, so that we may begin the workshop promptly at 10.  Those helping with setup may arrive at 9. For lunch, bring a sandwich; club members will provide a salad and dessert. How to condition greens.

Gardening with Natives 
Carole Ottesen
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
10:30 am

Carole Ottesen—a fellow club member, artist, photographer, author, and gardener, to name a few of her many accomplishments—knows a thing or two about native flora. Her subject is “Gardening with Natives,” a gardening practice enthusiastically endorsed by numerous members. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a seasoned native grower share wisdom on this timely way to garden.

Mike Bishop
Wednesday,  February 28, 2024
10:30 am

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM. Mike Bishop is a native Virginian with a lifelong love of the outdoors. He’s a Virginia Master Naturalist and a part time naturalist for the Fairfax County Park Authority as well as a champion for bluebirds and purple martins. His presentation “Bluebirds” will provide information on how we can help these harbingers of happiness flourish.

Montgomery County Weed Warriors
Corinne Stephens
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
10:30 am

Non-native, invasive weeds are our nemesis. They seem to be increasing at an alarming rate, especially with the addition to their number of such old timers as English ivy, rose of Sharon, lily of the valley, etc. Corinne Stephens is on it. She’s the Weed Warrior Coordinator for Montgomery County Parks and she’ll identify some of the worst offenders in her presentation along with other useful weed-fighting information.

Dr. Andrew Ristvey
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
10:30 am

Dr. Andrew Ristvey, Principal Agent & Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture, Wye UM Extension at UMD, knows about pruning. He has a doctorate in horticulture and interests in plant nutrition, irrigation management, sustainable crop production, and green roof systems. If you’ve followed diagrammed pruning instructions but still wondered if you’ve done it right, here’s a chance to learn from an expert.

Annual BCGC Plant sale Thursday, May 9, 2024
Montgomery County Farm Women’s Market
7155 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda MD
Open to the public. Members, watch for more information and volunteer opportunities in the newsletter and email blasts.
Annual club picnic TBD
Watch for more information about this June event.



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