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    March 28, 2018 Meeting    

Richard Olsen:
Perennially Yours: Herbaceous Perennials Need Love Too


The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD. Dr. Richard Olsen will present “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 will highlight perennials observed in his travels to foreign lands and gardens, and ones worth experimenting with in your own gardens.

Dr. Olsen is the Director of the U.S. Arboretum since May 2015. Before that, he served as the Acting Director of the Arboretum and Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Olsen joined the Arboretum in 2006 as a research geneticist for the urban tree-breeding program at the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, where he reinvigorated the Arboretum's urban tree program. There, he developed new woody ornamental breeding projects.

A recognized international leader in the public garden arena, Dr. Olsen has the distinction of being the last Ph.D. student of the famed horticulturist J.C. Raulston at NC State.

The public is welcome and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring something to exchange: a plant, cutting or garden tool or magazine: bring something, take something! Refreshments will be served after the talk.

Also mark your calendar, for the annual plant sales on April 21 and May 12 in the parking lot of High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD. The sale starts at 8:00 a.m. <

Members are asked to bring a plant or plant related items for the door prize table.

The public is welcome, and admission is free. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

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