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Program Schedule 2019

October 23, 2019:
Carol Allen: The Great Houseplant Migration

September 25, 2019:
Kathy Jentz: Made in the Shade

January 23, 2019:
Michael James, Curator, U.S. National Arboretum: Enjoying the Art of Bonsai

February 27, 2019:
BGC Members Speak. Elizabeth Ogden & Lynn Title. Ms. Title’s topic is Color Vignettes: How to Make Your Garden Pop.

March 27, 2019:
It Could Have Been An Embassy: The Past, Present and Future of River Farm.
Dan Scott, Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities American Horticultural Society, River Farm, Alexandria, VA.

April 24, 2019:
Carol Warner, of Draycott Gardens: Irises for the Long Bloom

Saturdays, April 20 & May 11, 2019
BGC Plant Sales, High Point High School

May 22, 2019:
Jim Dronenburg: From the Ground Up


Hello, fellow garden lovers. Welcome to our site. We hope you decide to stay awhile and learn about our club and its activities. If you live near Beltsville, Maryland, join us for a meeting in the James E Duckworth School located at 11201 Evans Trail in Beltsville.
Click here for a Google map to Duckworth School and the meeting location.
Or, here for another map to the school in pdf format.

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Upcoming BGC Events in 2019.

October 23, 2019:
Speaker Carol Allen will address the fall transition of our houseplants back indoors in her talk “The Great Houseplant Migration”. Ms. Allen will talk about the do's and don'ts of watering, to re-pot or not, fertilizer, what is good light, and pest prevention. Bring your questions!

September 25, 2019:
Speaker Kathy Jentz will address shade gardening in her talk “Made in the Shade”. Dealing with dry shade is a common challenge of many local gardeners. Large trees are wonderful, but they can quickly suck up all your garden's resources leaving little for the understory plantings. We'll talk about design choices, soil amendments, and proven plant choices - as well as some inventive dry shade space substitutions.

Saturdays, April 20 & May 11, 2019, 8 - 11 a.m.

Beltsville Garden Club Plant Sales, High Point High School in Beltsville

We welcome member vendors to share the products of their talent and horticultural skill on these Saturdays and look forward to being their customers.
Please mark your calendars! Remember, the sales start at 8 am sharp and plants disappear quickly.
Interested vendors may contact: Melissa Mackey at melissahmackey@gmail.com
Beltsville Garden Club membership is $10. per year
Click here for a Google map to High Point High School and the Plant Sales location.

Wednesday, May 15th, BGC is sponsoring a trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland.

Cost is $85 per person, which includes coach bus transportation, a guided tour of the delightful English-inspired topiary gardens and Manor House of Harvey S. Ladew, lunch at the Ladew Café with a choice of sandwich or salad, chips, beverage and dessert.
Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 24. Click here for Registration Form

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Jim Dronenburg: From the Ground Up This is the story of creating a garden from the ground up. Jim started working for Behnke Nurseries in 1987 and continued on and off for over twenty years as one of their perennial experts. He now works in season at Merrifield, books speakers both for the Four Seasons Garden Club and the Potomac Valley Chapter of NARGS, and is a member of several other area garden clubs. His passion is growing things that other people don’t have, especially if they “aren’t supposed to grow here”. On the side, Jim has played the Irish harp at events and weddings for thirty years. It helps pay for the garden.

Some of BGC Past Events in 2018.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Speaker Kayla Agonoy will explore how to grow microgreens in the home setting,
to include creating the right growing conditions, sources for supplies, maintenance and harvesting.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for “Tending One’s Own Garden: Continuities in American Garden History”,
a presentation by Justin Shapiro, Environmental History Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Christopher von Kohn will present a program on "Daylily Daze: the Past, Present, and Future of Daylily Breeding" Christopher von Kohn, a curator from the National Arboretum, will speak about daylily species and cultivars from the 1890s to the present and will discuss the steps and considerations required for creating the perennials we know today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Richard Olsen presented “Perennially Yours: Herbaceous Perennials Need Love Too”

Dr. Richard T. Olsen, Director of the U.S. National Arboretum, who admits his first love is woody perennials, shows some love for herbaceous perennials, too. Dr. Olsen highlighted perennials observed in his travels to foreign lands and gardens, and ones worth experimenting with in your own gardens.
Here's a list of perennials Dr. Olsen suggests for your garden

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Dennis Whigham, Ph.D. will present a program titled, “Native Orchids - Ecology and Conservation.” Dennis Whigham is a Senior Botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Founding Director of the North American Orchid Conservation Program.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

See April 2018 Newsletter for articles about Longwood Gardens, and a flyer describing the May 17 trip to Longwood.
Click here for some photographs from the trip, courtesy of Doug Bolt

Garden Events

Click Here for some photos taken at the Beltsville Garden Club's 2016 Summer Picnic held at Helmut Jaehnigen's garden in Columbia, MD and published on the Washington Gardener Magazine Facebook site·

Click here to see photos from our BGC Spring Plant Sales on May 7 2016 held in the parking lot at High Point High School. Plants are grown by BGC members, including plants All proceeds from greenhouse sales benefit the school.

An Interesting YouTube Video on English gardens- Click Here

The BGC 2015 Peach Festival at the home of Helmut and Linda Jaehnigen
See photos

BGC Brochure

Learn much more about the Beltsville Garden Club from Sandy Lange's article in the May/June '08 issue of Washington Gardener.

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