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    March, 2017 Meeting    

Scott Aker:
Nutrients Aren't Plant Food!

The Beltsville Garden Club will hold its March general meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room of the James E. Duckworth School at 11201 Evans Trail in Beltsville, Maryland.

Please join us for a program titled, “Nutrients Aren’t Plant Food!” In this talk, Scott Aker, Ph.D. will discuss how healthy plants require many of the elements found on the periodic chart to grow and develop properly. Amounts are important, and plants may even be particular about the form in which the nutrients are delivered and when. We’ll examine the signs and symptoms of the most common nutrient deficiencies, learn how different soil systems store nutrients and make them available to plants or tie them up, dig into the misconceptions surrounding one nutrient in particular, and learn about those times when nutrients can be detrimental to the plant.

Scott Aker is Head of Horticulture and Education at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. He manages curators, technicians, educators, and horticulturists and provides oversight for some of the most notable plant collections in North America. He earned his Master's Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. A native of the Black Hills of western South Dakota, Aker served for a short time with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Howard County, Maryland after completing his Master’s thesis. Aker wrote Digging In, a weekly garden question and answer column in the Washington Post. He now writes Garden Solutions, a column in The American Gardener.

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 meeting.

If Prince Georges County Schools are closed due to weather the meeting will be cancelled.

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