Read the April 2019 Newsletter
Program Schedule 2019
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:
From the Ground Up
tour of River Farm.
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.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Carol Warner, of Draycott Gardens:
Irises for the Long BloomCarol Warner will talk and answer questions about different varieties and show slides
of different types of bearded and beardless irises to produce a long season of bloom for the garden.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Some of BGC Past Events in 2018.
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.
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
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
BGC SPRING TRIP TO LONGWOOD GARDENS
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
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
Learn much more about the Beltsville Garden
Club from Sandy
article in the May/June '08 issue of Washington