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    May 22, 2019 Meeting    
Jim Dronenburg
“From the Ground Up”

Please join us for the Beltsville Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:30 pm at the James Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, Md.

Jim Dronenburg and Dan Weil moved to an 1840’s farmhouse overlooking the Potomac in 1991. The acre-plus property had exactly seven trees and nine shrubs—the rest was mowed. The soil had all gone back to sheer clay. This is the story of creating a garden (and incidentally doubling the size of the house)—from the ground up. Jim does the work, Dan takes the pictures.

Jim Dronenburg got the gardening bug as a teenager. As a teen he hired out as garden help; through nine years in the Navy (on army and air force bases) he left gardens behind him in California, Texas, and Korea, and then came back to the University of Maryland. Although he has no professional qualifications (his degree was accounting) he 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.

P.S. Jim and Dan have invited BGC members to their open garden, which will be in early March. The exact date will be decided in February of 2019 when a time at which the hellebores and snowdrops will be at their showiest can be surmised. Stay tuned. We will let you know the date!

Please remember to bring a plant or related item for the door prize table. Refreshments also are appreciated.

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