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Ask A Gardener

homestead gardensPresented by Homestead Gardens. You bring the gardening questions, Homestead brings the experts. Join Heather Wheatley, CPH, and Zach Ebaugh, CPH, resident horticulture experts, on the first Monday of each month, live on Zoom and Facebook.

Drop by to chat about your houseplant and outdoor gardening questions:

  • Choosing the perfect plant
  • Light
  • Soil
  • Potting
  • Feeding
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Pests and Disease Diagnostics

After the Zoom, Heather and Zach will be available to answer questions via Messenger, Instagram (@homesteadgardens), or email AskHomestead@homesteadgardens.com until 5PM.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83601457687

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ask a gardener

Ask A Gardener

homestead gardensPresented by Homestead Gardens. You bring the gardening questions, Homestead brings the experts. Join Heather Wheatley, CPH, and Zach Ebaugh, CPH, resident horticulture experts, on the first Monday of each month, live on Zoom and Facebook.

Drop by to chat about your houseplant and outdoor gardening questions:

  • Choosing the perfect plant
  • Light
  • Soil
  • Potting
  • Feeding
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Pests and Disease Diagnostics

After the Zoom, Heather and Zach will be available to answer questions via Messenger, Instagram (@homesteadgardens), or email AskHomestead@homesteadgardens.com until 5PM.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83601457687

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homestead gardensAsian vegetables sure look fun to grow and are fascinating to browse at specialty supermarkets. But can we successfully grow Asian greens in our zone? What part of the bitter melon do you actually use? Is tough lemongrass edible? And how do you manage beans that are a yard long?! Gardener, home cook, and author Wendy Kiang-Spray will show participants the tastiest and most interesting vegetables that we can grow or purchase and explain how to use them in our kitchens.

This class is completely free, however, registration is required. Learn more about Wendy and register here.

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Design A Pollinator Café

homestead gardensPresented by Homestead Gardens. Pollinators are key to growing the majority of fruits, vegetables and grains humans rely on for food. And yet, the numbers of many key pollinators are plunging. You can help by planting a garden that attracts, shelters, and feeds our key pollinators like birds, bees, butterflies, and bats. Bonus: pollinator gardens are full of color, texture, pattern, and scale, and are easy to conceptualize and plant.

Learn from Homestead Gardens Horticulturalist and Nursery Manager Zach Ebaugh about planning and planting your own Pollinator Café: a space in your yard, patio, or porch that will provide food, shelter, water, and nesting spaces for pollinators.  Participants will receive a coupon to use in Homestead’s Perennials Department.

This class is free, however, registration is required. Register here.

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ask a gardener

Ask A Gardener

homestead gardensPresented by Homestead Gardens. You bring the gardening questions, Homestead brings the experts. Join Heather Wheatley, CPH, and Zach Ebaugh, CPH, resident horticulture experts, on the first Monday of each month, live on Zoom and Facebook.

Drop by to chat about your houseplant and outdoor gardening questions:

  • Choosing the perfect plant
  • Light
  • Soil
  • Potting
  • Feeding
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Pests and Disease Diagnostics

After the Zoom, Heather and Zach will be available to answer questions via Messenger, Instagram (@homesteadgardens), or email AskHomestead@homesteadgardens.com until 5PM.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83601457687

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Green Drinks Annapolis Returns!

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After two long years, let’s get together to renew old friendships and make new ones all in the beautiful setting of flowers and greenery at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

Join Annapolis Green for a true celebration of our local environmental community. This will be the 11th time this environmental networking event has been held Homestead Gardens, where Annapolis Green’s last Green Drinks would have been held in March of 2020 had the pandemic not stopped everything.

Meet one new person and learn one new thing! That’s what our mantra has been for Green Drinks and what we ask you to do at our event. Engage with the people and organizations that make Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County vibrant and sustainable. Celebrate with old and new friends, and learn how you can do your part for our environment.

Read more about what to expect at Green Drinks Annapolis.

Green Drinks Annapolis: Connecting and celebrating Annapolis’ environmental community over conversation, collaboration, and cocktails!

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2022 Harvest Trends

Harvest Trends: 2022 Trends + new and unique plants for your backyard harvest

Presented by Homestead Gardens, this class will explore underutilized, exotic, and heirloom varieties of vegetables and herbs that deserve a place in your garden. Homestead Gardens Horticulturalist Zach Ebaugh will showcase new and interesting varieties of fruits, herbs, and vegetables perfect for growing in our planting zone, and will explain how these plants can be sourced, propagated, cultivated, and used in your kitchen.

This class is free, however, registration is required. Register here.

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ask a gardener

Ask A Gardener

homestead gardensPresented by Homestead Gardens. You bring the gardening questions, Homestead brings the experts. Join Heather Wheatley, CPH, and Zach Ebaugh, CPH, resident horticulture experts, on the first Monday of each month, live on Zoom and Facebook.

Drop by to chat about your houseplant and outdoor gardening questions:

  • Choosing the perfect plant
  • Light
  • Soil
  • Potting
  • Feeding
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Pests and Disease Diagnostics

After the Zoom, Heather and Zach will be available to answer questions via Messenger, Instagram (@homesteadgardens), or email AskHomestead@homesteadgardens.com until 5PM.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83601457687

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seed starting for spring & summer gardens

homestead gardensWith food shortages and supply chain issues, never has growing your own harvest been more popular as a solution for feeding yourself and your family reliably delicious produce. At this event, presented by Homestead Gardens, learn how to plan your spring and summer harvest garden, whether you’re using a large plot, a small yard, or even a patio!

Kathy Jentz, Editor of Washington Gardener Magazine and a horticultural expert, will teach participants about frost and freeze dates in our area, how to combine plants to make the most of your space, and how to plant seeds for harvest success.

Participants will receive a coupon to purchase Homestead Garden’s seed starting kit!

This class is free, however, registration is required. Zoom link here.

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Plant Combinations

homestead gardensHomestead Gardens presents Gardening with Kathy: Plant Combinations

Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine, will explore playing with color, form, and texture in the perennial/shrub border. This image-heavy talk includes the tried-and-true proven combinations as well as some daring new mixes to experiment with in your own home garden.

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homestead gardensEarthworms benefit gardens in many ways: as worms crawl through soil, they move earth, making pockets of space for air and water. They also benefit the garden by leaving traces of their crawling adventures — their castings. Worm castings benefit the garden by helping you grow bigger, better and more productive plants. The speaker is Byron Gwinn.

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Annapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The third is Here We Grow: Beautiful & Delicious!

Topics covered: Companion planting and the relationship between flowers and veggies for a truly Beautiful & Delicious garden!

Beautiful & Delicious!

Let’s celebrate beautiful and delicious gardens everywhere! Join Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow initiative… a modern-day Victory Garden initiative to encourage people to value the land and Nature by installing, developing or updating front yard gardens to provide beauty, food, and pollinator habitat everywhere you can! Meeting Annapolis Green’s overall organizational mission, this program resonates with many people who are gardening and cooking. Together, let’s get excited about the bounty of a summer garden, share ideas, tips and tricks.

Speakers: 

anna chaneyhoney's harvest farm logoAnna Chaney – Anna is a CPA, entrepreneur, certified in Permaculture Theory and Design, Regenerative Agriculture Farmer, Herbalist and Shamanic Energy Healer. She founded, owns, and operates a local catering and event company located at an eco-lifestyle marina resort on the Chesapeake Bay. She and her family have preserved over 1500 acres in agricultural and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County. She lives on and care-takes a 160-acre permaculture farm, Honey’s Harvest, located in Lothian, Maryland, where she and her son grow and produce native fruits and nuts, and make herbal plant-based tinctures and syrups. Their focus is healing the soil; which feeds the plants and nourishes the people. She is dedicated to growing nutrient dense food and medicine for people: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 

heather wheatleyHeather Wheatley – Homestead Gardens’ Educational Coordinator, Heather is also a certified Chesapeake Bay landscape professional and certified professional horticulturalist. Heather’s immense knowledge of our landscape will help anyone, novice or pro, get the most out of the soil and provide guidance on what to plant that will thrive. Her personal and professional mission is to proliferate the art and science of real and sustainable horticulture. She has expertise in plant selection, production, and trial installations in green roofing, green walls, and pollinator/beneficial meadow-scaping.

 

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homestead gardensMay is Garden for Wildlife Month and the speaker for this seminar is David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation, a naturalist, author and television presenter. He has hosted series on both Animal Planet and NatGeo WILD.
He has been dedicated to helping others understand and protect the natural world for over 20 years, and is author of the book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife.

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Planting for Pollinators

homestead gardensHomestead Gardens presents Gardening with Kathy: Planting for Pollinators

Learn the Top 20+ native plants for pollinators to add to your garden to support native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine, will share how to have something for every season in the garden to benefit native pollinators, as well as support the declining honeybee populations.

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homestead gardensAnnapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The second is Here We Grow: Helping Essential Pollinators Thrive

Topics covered

  • Why pollinators (bees, bats, beetles, moths and more) are key to our food supply: No bees, no food!
  • Pesticide and habitat threats to pollinators
  • How what you plant makes a difference to pollinator health: Plant Native!
  • Homestead Gardens’ Native Habitat Center

Speakers

central maryland beekeepers associationLuke Goembel, Vice President of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Goembel is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He won a National Academy of Sciences award to study space science at NASA after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins and founded his own aerospace business in 1997 where he designed and built space science instrumentation for NASA and others. In 2009 he began beekeeping. After a devastating year for his bees, he investigated the reasons for the sudden deaths of his bees and from that time forward has devoted effort to studying and advocating for pollinator health. He has authored articles in American Bee Journal, and has given testimony in support of  pollinator-protecting bills in the Maryland General Assembly including a State-wide regulatory ban on the pesticide ranked second in causing pollinator deaths. He has served as a panelist at a Congressional briefing in D.C., and has spoken at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Dr. Goembel volunteers his time and has not received one cent from either side on the issue of pollinators and pesticides.

Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine.
Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations, including GardenComm, the association for Garden Communicators. She is a proud member of One Montgomery Green ( a sister organization to Annapolis Green) and Washington Gardener Magazine is  a gold-level certified business in Green America.

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More about our Here We Grow program, a modern-day Victory Garden concept.

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No Fail Container Gardening

homestead gardensHomestead Gardens presents Gardening with Kathy: No Fail Container Gardening

From what type of soils to use, to what plants do best in our region, Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine, will cover the basics of growing successful container plantings. She will cover both ornamental and edible containers as well as the different styles and fashions in container gardening.

Advance registration is required.

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Annapolis Green is partnering with Founding 100 supporter Homestead Gardens in an exciting three-part spring gardening seminar series. The first, Here We Grow: Planting Resilient Species, on March 24, will kick off Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program. It will focus on understanding the soil and planting for our region.

Speakers include:

  • Heather Wheatley of Homestead Gardens is a Certified Chesapeake Bay landscape professional and certified professional horticulturist. Heather’s immense knowledge of our landscape will help anyone–novice or pro–get the most out of the soil and provide guidance on what plants will thrive.
  • Josh Clark, Landscape Architect, Restoration Coordinator with Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA), and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, will discuss WSA’s Replant Anne Arundel program, the mission behind the initiative, and how to get involved. Josh will also share his favorite native resilient species.

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homestead gardensHomestead Gardens presents a talk about the importance of using resilient plant materials to ensure a healthy habitat. Selecting plants from our ecoregion supports biodiversity and improves the health of the critical area of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

This talk will be moderated by Heather Wheatley, Certified Professional Horticulturist, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional & Education Director and Rebecca Sherman, Nursery Manager, both of Homestead Gardens. They will also discuss Homestead’s Native Habitat Center.

Pre-registration required.

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Pruning Roses for Better Blooms

homestead gardensHomestead Gardens Presents
Gardening with Kathy: Pruning Roses for Better Blooms
on Facebook Live!
A rose is a rose….and those roses need pruning. The time to prune is now, before temperatures warm. Join Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine, for an interactive class on how to prune roses to help mitigate disease and promote healthy growth, as well (of course) as healthy blooms.

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Houseplant Monday

homestead gardensThis episode of Homestead Garden’s Grow with Katie: Houseplant Monday features host Katie Dubow and Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio. The discussion will be about Maria’s favorite houseplants, how to bring them in your home, and the benefits they provide.

Grow with Katie is broadcast on the Homestead Gardens FaceBook page LIVE Mondays at noon. This educational video series explores seasonal gardening topics with experts, and all around inspiring people.

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homestead gardensJoin Katie Dubow as she talks with Doug Tallamy about Plants and Pollinators.
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

On Facebook Live.

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homestead gardensShort on space, but want to expand your garden? Having a hard time getting plants to thrive on your balcony or rooftop? These vertical gardening ideas and tips are sure to solve your problems. Hear about  green wall technologies and green roof systems. The sky is the limit! Presented by Kathy Jentz for Homestead Gardens. Preregistration required.

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Green Drinks Annapolis – Online!

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We’re cooking up a great way for us to get together  — it’s a virtual Green Drinks on Facebook Watch, Thursday, April 2!

Going online, we’re focusing on “The Flowers and the Trees” to follow our February Green Drinks theme which was “The Birds and the Bees.” And  although the flowers are beautiful and in bloom, we’ll turn our attention to the trees,  highlighting all the benefits trees give us.

So, join us in the spirit of trying something new in our emerging virtual world and to have some fun while learning great things!

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Presented by the Davidsonville Area Civic Association (DACA) and hosted by Homestead Gardens, the Expo will feature exhibitors offering information, education and demonstrations on environmentally-friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use and conservation. There will be a seedling giveaway by the Anne Arundel County Forestry Board from 11 am to 1 pm in front of the store.

  • Flag Ceremony – Boy Scout troop 554 and Girl Scout Troop 2018 will present a Flag Ceremony at the flagpole located in Homestead Gardens Parking lot. The scouts will also collect tattered flags for respectable disposal.
  • Experts will make presentations on various topics from 11 am – 3 pm in Homestead’s Education room immediately adjacent to the Expo.
  • Kids’ face painting courtesy of the Southern High School Art department
  • Green REFMeet Homestead’s barnyard animals and see raptors “up close and personal.”
  • In keeping with the theme, DACA has partnered with Annapolis Green to make the Expo Zero-Waste via our Responsible Events & Festivals (the Green REF) program. That is, nothing will go to the landfill. Organics will be composted and bottles and cans will be recycled.
  • Food and beverages will be available for sale.

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Matching Plants and Pollinators

Explore what pollinators are, above and below us, and then give them what they want. Attracting and feeding pollinators can very rewarding. Realizing our symbiotic relationship with our environment can be heightened in our own backyard. The content in this class will be relevant to beginners, intermediate and experienced gardeners. Speaker: Heather Wheatley, CPH, Education Coordinator for the Homestead Gardens’ Garden Academy. Her personal and professional mission is to proliferate the art and science of real and sustainable horticulture.

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Matching Plants and Pollinators

beeExplore what pollinators are, above and below us, and then give them what they want. Attracting and feeding pollinators can very rewarding. Realizing our symbiotic relationship with our environment can be heightened in our own backyard. The content in this class will be relevant to beginners, intermediate and experienced gardeners. Speaker: Heather Wheatley, CPH, Education Coordinator for the Homestead Gardens’ Garden Academy. Her personal and professional mission is to proliferate the art and science of real and sustainable horticulture.

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