It is especially important during these times of the coronavirus to find ways to stay in touch, and our November program will not only do that, but will hopefully bring us closer together after we learn a little more about each other.
Members were invited to speak for about two minutes to answer one of the following questions:
Marcia Richard invites members to her house on Sunday, November 8th from 1 to 3 PM for a Seed Sharing and Plant Cuttings event. Members are invited to share seeds or plant cuttings, as well as their knowledge. Please have the seeds/cuttings in labeled bags with instructions. First come, first served. Please wear a mask!
We were fortunate to have Eva Monheim – horticulturist, certified arborist, master floral designer, artist and writer, to mention a few of her accomplishments – lead a Zoom presentation on the "Four Seasons of Interest." The idea of having something blooming all year long enlivens the soul and forces us to go out into nature to make our connections throughout the year. Selecting plants that will bloom even in winter conjures up sweet fragrances on the winter wind. But selecting for all the other seasons is just as important. Eva provided attendees a list of plants that suit the Maryland climate as she talked about their visual beauty as well as their importance for habitat and as food sources for us too!
To listen to Eva's podcast, click the button below.
For information on where to purchase Eva's new book, Shrubs & Hedges – Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants, click the button below.
The Aegagropila linnaei, otherwise known as the Marimo moss ball, is a species of filamentous green algae that is known for its unique shape and velvety smooth complexion. Marimo moss balls grow by absorbing nitrates, phosphates, and other organic waste from the water. As they grow, they purify the water they live in and provide oxygen for animals that live with them. Horticulture Chair Nancy Percivall shares the history and fun facts on this interesting species.
HISTORY & FUN FACTS:
Maryland is home to a diverse array of breeding bird species, in addition to an abundance of migrants that pass through our state during their annual migrations. Paula Becker, Outreach Ecologist/Volunteer Coordinator, Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service for the Department of Natural Resources spoke to us about migration, popular birds in our area, best gardening practices to attract and protect birds, and how to become a birder.
For a brief overview of Ms. Becker's presentation, click the button below.
To view birds that are commonly found in backyard habitats in Maryland, click the button below.
For more information on how to attract these birds, click the button below.
Hydrangea is a genus of 70-75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.
Scott Aker, Head of Horticulture and Education at the U.S. National Arboretum, answers our many questions on these heavenly plants – can we really alter the color, when is the best time to prune and how to do so, and do they like sun or shade.
Click the button below for an overview of Mr. Aker's discussion.