LIBRARY HOURS
Mon-Thur 9am - 9pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Garden Smarter - 2014 Schedule

Sessions will be held at the four library branch locations: Prince Frederick, Fairview in Owings, Southern Branch in Solomon’s, and Twin Beaches in Chesapeake Beach and at the Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick.  Location, date, and time are indicated for each session.

  • Saturday, January 18, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • $aving Your Topsoil and Water
    • RT West – MG
    • A brief description of soil and water cycles; a discussion on controlling erosion and making rainwater work for you; how keeping rainwater on your property helps our streams and bay.
  • Saturday, January 25, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Ponds and Water Features
    • Janet Kennedy – MG
    • Do you want to enhance your home with a pond or fountain?  We will give you suggestions to consider when designing a water feature for your home landscape.
  • Saturday, February 15, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Planning Your Garden
    • Nancy Radcliffe and Stephanie Cartwright – MGs
    • Organize your garden layout and planting schedule to maximize your output.  Keep an interesting garden journal to help plan for years to come.
  • Saturday, February 22, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Propagation
    • Kay Parris – MG
    • Want to expand your garden without the expense of buying new plants?  Learn about starting new plants from seed, by division, and cuttings.
  • Saturday, March 1, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Bay Wise Gardening
    • Norma Imershein – MG
    • Learn the small changes you can make in your gardening habits to lessen your impact on the bay and surrounding environment.  Our “yardstick” will help guide you.
  • Saturday, March 8, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Rain Gardens
    • Ginny Rosenkranz – Extension Educator, Commercial Horticulture, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties
    • Not just a pretty garden!  Learn how these powerful gardens clean up the various pollutants in the air, water and soil plus add value to your home and color to your yard.
  • Saturday, March 15, 2pm, Twin Beaches
    • Gardening With Children
    • Mary Butz – MG
    • A favorite session for families with children!  Come and pick up some tips for getting little hands and minds into the garden. 
  • Saturday, March 22, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • No-Till Gardens
    • RT West – MG
    • Put away your rototiller and shovel.  Save time and carbon by using the no-till method of preparing your garden.  It’s a growing trend, so be on the cutting edge!
  • Saturday, April 5,  10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Companion & Succession Planting
    • Lucy Muehleisen – MG
    • Learn about mutually beneficial crop relationships, keep insects at bay, attract beneficial insects, enhance the health of garden soil and have great tasting veggies.
  • Saturday, April 12, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Bees, Butterflies, & Beneficial Insects
    • Judy Kay – MG
    • Butterflies are beautiful, bees are essential, and beneficials control pests.  You can have them all in your garden by choosing the right plants
  • Saturday, April 19, 10am, Calvert Library Southern Branch
    • Photo Tour of the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens
    • Judy Kay – MG
    • Learn which plants we used and how you might use them in your yard.  Before and after photos are included.
  • Saturday, May 3, 8am until 12 Noon, Community Resources Building
    • Plant Sale
    • Calvert County Master Gardeners
    • Come  learn from our demonstration sessions and purchase from our large selection of flowering and vegetable plants.
  • Saturday, May 17, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Salad Boxes and Containers
    • Mary Conto – MG
    • Great for decks, patios, condos, and apartments – but everyone can use salad boxes to have home grown greens from April to November.  You can purchase ours or make your own!
  • Saturday, June 14,  10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Homegrown Herbs
    • Mary Edington and Lucy Muehleisen – MGs
    • Planting, growing, and harvesting herbs that grow well in this region is easy and rewarding.  Use your herbs for cooking and as a decorative addition to your landscape.
  • Saturday, June 21, 10am, Calvert Library Southern Branch
    • Create a Habitat with Native Plants
    • Bob Boxwell – MG
    • Go native!  Learn how to welcome nature into your backyard by choosing native plants for your landscape.
  • Saturday, June 28,10am,  Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Shade Gardening with Native Plants
    • Karen Anderson – MG
    • What do you plant in a shady garden? Learn about some native plants that are adapted to shade and can add color and texture to your landscape.
  • Saturday, August 2, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Invasive Plant ID – Carla Porter
    • Invasive plants disrupt natural ecosystems throughout the U.S. Learn to identify invasive plants found in Maryland and in your yard.  Dress for walking outside.
  • Wednesday, August 6, 7pm, Fairview
    • Common Pests and Diseases of the Garden
    • Herb Reed – Extension Agent
    • Learn the basics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for managing insect, disease, and other pests in your home landscape and vegetable garden. Presentation will include the rationale for IPM and offer practical suggestions for how to have a more sustainable landscape without dependence on pesticides.
  • Saturday, August 9, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It
    • Lorraine Harley – Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, University of Maryland
    • Learn to identify safe food preservation practices, how canning preserves food, and processing high and low acid foods using a water bath and pressure canner.
  • Saturday, August 16, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Composting
    • Jim McVey and RT West – MGs
    • Why compost?  How do you compost? What materials do you need to compost?  Is it difficult to compost?  Find these answers and more!
  • Saturday, September 6, 10am, Community Resources Building
    • Planting  for the Butterfly  
    • Deb Berbert and Cindy Mallonee – MGs
    • Invite butterflies into your garden by learning about the important plants that provide the food and necessary habitat that will attract them.
  • Saturday, September 27, 10am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
    • Bulbs for All Seasons
    • Mimi Miller – MG
    • Enjoy flowers all year long! Learn how to plant, care for, maintain, and force bulbs.  Find out what bulbs grow in our climate, and each bulb’s blooming season.