University of Maryland Extension

2019 Master Gardener Garden Smarter Program Events

Tuh-MAH-toh, Tuh-MAY-toh - The Tomato

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Get some tips on cultivating, tending, and harvesting tomatoes. Find out which varieties do best in Maryland.

Planting for Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Calvert Library, Southern Branch
Learn which plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds and have a nature show in your own back yard.

Ospreys On the Patuxent

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn about Ospreys, the often-seen “fish hawk” of local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Special Guest, Greg Kerns, will cover Osprey biology on the Patuxent River, the provision of nesting platforms, efforts to increase their numbers, his banding program with the public, re-introduction efforts,...

Got Soil and Sun...Now What?

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn how to start a garden for people new to gardening. An introduction to a variety of techniques and plants.

RESCHEDULED: DATE TBD-Best Gardening and Maintenance Practices for Waterfront Properties

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
This event for March 9, 2019 has been cancelled. We are hoping to offer it at a later date and will post a new date here when it becomes available. Southern Maryland has an abundance of waterfront properties with unique issues related to erosion control, selection of plants, lawn maintenance and...

Peaches, Pawpaws, Pomegranates, and More

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn the basics on how to grow and care for a variety of fruit trees and shrubs, some of which you may not have considered for your yard. Examples of fruiting plants will be included.

Bags, Barrels and Old Boots

Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn the essentials for successful container gardening and consider creative combos using vegetables, herbs and flowers. Numerous unique containers are illustrated. Share your own ideas, too!

Bad Bugs: Control Them Without Chemicals

Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Less than 10% of insects are truly harmful and destructive. Learn who their natural predators – the Good Guys – are and how you can entice them to your garden.

Companion Planting Updated

Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Back by popular request. Learn about mutually beneficial crop relationships; keep insect pests away; attract beneficial insects; enhance the health of garden soil; grow great tasting veggies.

Songbird Migration – How Your Yard Can Make a Difference

Saturday, Apr. 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
The story of the epic annual migration of songbirds interwoven with analysis of the American suburban landscape. How to create a landscape that supports migrating birds and other wild creatures.

Pollinators: How You Can Help Them Help You

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Habitat loss and pesticides are reducing their numbers, but you can help them by turning part of your yard into a safe and welcoming haven. They will help you by pollinating your crops and flowers.

Berry Delicious: Planting a Backyard Berry Patch

Saturday, Apr. 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn how to successfully grow strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Master Gardener Plant Sale

Saturday, May. 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Community Resources Building
Learn from our demonstration areas and purchase from our large selection of flowering (many native) and vegetable plants. Baked goods and beverages for sale, too.

Gardening with Biochar

Saturday, May. 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Reviving the ancient ecological practice of adding charred organic matter to soil, you will learn how you can obtain biochar and ways to put it to work in your garden.

Tour of the MG Demo Gardens

Saturday, May. 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Community Resources Building
Tour the gardens and learn the importance of native plants. Some native plants will be available for purchase.

Herbs Workshop: From the Garden to the Pantry

Saturday, Jun. 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Learn how to grow, harvest & preserve herbs for future use. Includes hands-on activities showing how to use your herbs once harvested. Registration required - 410-535-3662.

Double Oak Farm Garden Tour

Saturday, Jun. 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
American Chestnut Land Trust
Take a guided tour of American Chestnut Land Trust's Communal Food Pantry Garden and Food Forest. Discover natural based gardening techniques. Presentation in the office prior to the tour.

Invasive Plant ID for Professionals-Registration Required

Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Community Resources Building
Description: Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, we will apply our new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a...

Cut Flowers Workshop

Saturday, Sep. 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
Discover plants that will bring color into your home and ways to preserve the flowers for future enjoyment. Registration required - 410-535-3662.

Invasive Plant ID for Homeowners-Registration Required

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Community Resources Building
Description: Learn to identify invasive plant species commonly found growing in landscaped and natural areas by examining cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation and plant identification exercise, we will apply our new skill set by searching for invasive plants while walking a...

Thinking About Beekeeping?

Saturday, Sep. 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
This interactive presentation will help you decide if beekeeping is a hobby for you. Learn about honeybees, equipment & the commitment one needs to help our pollinators survive.
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