Valley View Farms Events:
Autumn Container Combos
Saturday, 9:00 am
Join the greenhouse and perennial staff as they demonstrate their own styles of fall container combos. Suzanne, Dotty, Jan, Pat, Cindi and Nancy will each demonstrate their individual techniques for creating late season container gardens.
Saturday, 10:00 am
Julie Minch, president of the Maryland Daffodil Society, will present gardening enthusiasts with tips and information for growing beautiful daffodils in our area. Julie is also a judge for The American Daffodil Society. Learn to grow award-winning plants.
Herring Run Nursery Native Plant Sale
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from a selection of affordable native perennials, shrubs and trees. Experts will help you select the right plants for your yard’s condition. Sales benefit the non-profit Herring Run Watershed Association. (Take $10 off any tree with a Growing Home coupon and $25 on trees over $50 with Marylanders Plant Trees coupon.)
National Arboretum Events:
Power Plants Exhibit
June 1-October 15, 8:00am-5:00pm
Adjacent to the National Herb Garden
Walk through Power Plants to discover the wide variety of plants that offer alternative energy possibilities. This garden exhibit showcases living plants and provides educational information about how they can serve as sustainable agriculture-based energy sources. A scavenger hunt activity available at the information desk in the administration building will help school-aged children explore the exhibit. Free. No registration required.
Living Garden Catalog Exhibit and Tour
Tour: Saturday, 9:00 am-10:00 am
Administration Building Lobby and Gardens
Explore the latest trends in ornamental gardening in this unique exhibit of what’s hot in horticulture. Begin inside where a photo gallery introduces you to some of the nursery industry’s most intriguing new plants. Pick up a checklist to mark your favorites, and then use it outside in the courtyard gardens to find the plants in designed beds. Don’t wait for the catalogs to arrive in the winter - discover what surprising new flower colors and tempting new forms will be available while they’re in their full glory in the garden! Free.
join the curator of the exhibit, Brad Evans, for a tour of the exhibit. He will share detailed information about the culture and characteristics of the plants on display and answer your questions. Meet in the lobby. Free, however registration is required by mail or phone. Call 202-245-4521 or click here for mail-in registration.
Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Demonstration: Sunday, September 20, 1:00pm-2:30pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Special Exhibits Wing
Members of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Sogetsu Branch fill the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s International Pavilion and Special Exhibits Wing with dramatic arrangements in this modern style of Japanese flower arranging. Sogetsu promotes an ikebana of no limits in which designers use plant materials of any type to create sculptural compositions. Watch master teachers demonstrate their techniques as they create a series of basic and free style arrangements during the drop-in session on Sunday, September 20 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Free. No registration required.
Using and Preserving Lemon Herbs Demonstration
Under the Arbor Series
National Herb Garden
Come into the herb garden and learn new ways to use and preserve your lemon-scented herbs. Informal, drop-in demonstrations will provide information on the great variety of uses for these wonderfully fragrant and very useful herbs including lemon grass, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, lemon balm, and others. Presented by members of the South Jersey Unit of the Herb Society of America. The Under the Arbor Series provides free public presentations on herb-related topics “under the arbor” in the National Herb Garden. Free. No registration required