Weekend garden events
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.: EVENING INTRO SERIES: Introduction to Herb Gardening. The best cooks use the freshest ingredients; many grow their own herbs. VVF's Joann Weber will teach the basics of growing a wide variety of culinary delights.
Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.: Rose Care. Brad Yoder of Star Roses and Stephanie Darnell of Bayer will discuss growing and caring for roses. Questions about feeding, pruning, and insect and disease control will all be answered during today’s session.
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.: Vegetable Gardening for Kids. What better way to introduce kids to nutrition and good eating habits than to let them grow their own? Bring kids of all ages to get them started in the garden!
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Gene Sweeney
Edible Gardening Weekend at Homstead Gardens in Davidsonville.
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.: Companion Planting & Other Tips for Edible Gardens with Homestead Gardens Horticulturist Gene Sumi.
1 p.m.: Creative Uses for your Homegrown Lavender with Marie Mayor & Sharon Harris of Lavender Fields.
3 p.m.: Cooking with Local Produce with Sustainable Cooking Expert Rita Calvert.
Sunday, April 25, noon: Grow your Best Tasting Tomatoes Ever with Mike McGrath of WTOP Radio.
2 p.m. Chesapeake’s Bounty Cooking Demonstration with cookbook author Katie Moose (includes book signing)
All seminars and demonstrations are free of charge and are presented at Homestead's Davidsonville location.
Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Benefit Plant Sale. Educational exhibits, live music, animals, tours and much more. Unusual and difficult to find plants for sale.
At the U.S. National Arboretum.
Friday, April 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Curator-led tour of the Azalea Collection. Learn growing tips, history and about the arboretum's renowned breeding program. Fee $12. Registration required.
Saturday, April 24, Friends of the National Arboretum Annual Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rhododendron and Azalea Show in the Administration Building, while in the gardens, more than 10,000 azaleas will be in bloom. Free.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 25-27, 8 to 10 p.m. Full Moon Hike. Four miles, mildly strenuous hike through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Fee $22. Registration required.