Weekend garden events
Baltimore Home & Garden Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Saturday, 10-9, Sunday 1-6.
Basic Vegetable Gardening, Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Hereford Library, 16940 York Road.
Basic Vegetable Gardening, Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road.
Growing vegetables in an Urban Setting, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Home & Garden Show, Green Thumb Theater, Maryland State Fairgrounds.
Valley View Farms, Cockeysville
Bonsai: Suiseki, Saturday, 9 a.m.; Guest host Randy Smith will introduce Suiseki, the collection and displaying of stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity and tranquility. Stones of great beauty are prized and set on stands or in Suiban to suggest distant mountains, soaring cliffs and other land masses.
Seed Starting: Growing Vegetable and Flower Transplants, Saturday, 11 a.m. Learn how to grow transplants successfully to incorporate in the garden later this season. VVF's Carrie Engel will demonstrate with tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.
Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills
Family Movie Night, "Hoot", Saturday 6-8 p.m. Free.
Animal Tales, Sunday, 1-2 p.m., Animal stories come to life with puppets and live animal encounters. All ages. Fee: $6 members, non-members $10
Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville.
Orchids for Beginners ($35)
Saturday at 12 pm: Orchid expert Dr. Clark Riley shares his insights into raising & nurturing these graceful flowers. Includes a take-home orchid.
Orchids for Fanatics ($35)
Saturday at 2 pm: Feed your orchid addiction with this seminar from Dr. Riley that will educate both collectors & fanatics. Includes a take-home orchid.
Winter Birding ($5)
Sunday at 2 pm: Andy Brown of the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary in Calvert County shares his extensive birding knowledge.
U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
Begonias! Feb. 20 through May 27. A display of rare and species begonias in the Botanic Garden Collection that are seldom on view. From tree-loving begonias to terrestrials, from miniature to enormous. Open daily. Free.
Production Facility Open House, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Once a year, the U.S. Botanic Garden opens its growing facility, the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States. The site includes 85,000 square feet under glass, divided into 34 greenhouse bays and 16 environmental zones. Directions will be provided upon registration. Free to Garden Friends, $5 for non-members. Register on line or by calling 202-225-1116.