Adkins Arboretum Offers Winter/Spring Education Programs for Adults

This season, Adkins Arboretum is offering a full slate of programs for adults, including landscape design, stewardship, art, and weather patterns and climate change. Programs include:

Nature as Muse
Wednesdays, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Each month this writing group will follow a different winding path through the Arboretum to quietly observe nature in detail. This will provide inspiration for expressing ideas that begin as seeds in our minds and then blossom into discovery as we write. No previous writing experience necessary. Enjoy how the paths in the Arboretum and the paths in your mind can lead you on an unpredictable but delightful journey. Bring a sack lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor forest adventure. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.


Homegrown Series with Elizabeth Beggins
Fridays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $15 per program, $35 for all three for members; $20 per program, $45 for all three for the general public.
Elizabeth Beggins is a writer and educator with over a decade of experience as a market gardener on the Eastern Shore. She believes that health depends on a keen understanding of what we eat and that our choices as consumers are vital to sustaining ourselves and our planet. She also is director of The You Food Project, a grassroots initiative designed to connect youth to food and the environment through school gardens. In this three-part series, she will teach participants the basics of producing food—from poultry to vegetables to gardening with kids.

Backyard Chickens
Jan. 11
Admit it. You’ve considered getting a few backyard birds for months, but up to now, you’ve chickened out. Poultry keeping is both easier and more rewarding than you might imagine. Join Elizabeth for a program on the merits and methods of owning a small flock of chickens. With the proper preparations, you’ll soon find yourself more attracted to keeping chickens than you ever dreamed possible.
Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Feb. 8
Little is more satisfying than growing your own food. Except eating it! Best for novice gardeners, this class will teach the basics behind raising your own produce. Elizabeth Beggins will discuss what to plant, when to plant it, and where to get it; equipment needs; soil building techniques; and recipes for garden success. Make this the season for your vegetable garden dream to finally come alive.
Growing with Kids
March 8
Children are innately curious, and few opportunities hold as many exciting possibilities for discovery as spending time in a garden. Adults, whether family or friends, serve as a gateway by creating time and space for the young to explore the abundance of life that can come from the earth. In this final session of the “Homegrown” series, Elizabeth Beggins will provide ideas for kid-friendly gardening projects that are sure to inspire growers of every age.


Season’s Bounty Series with Elizabeth Beggins
Fridays, April 5, June 7, and Sept. 6, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $15 per program or $35 for all three for members; $20 per program or $45 for all three for the general public.

Spring Greens
April 5
As the cold of winter makes its reluctant exit and the palette of the landscape goes from dormant-brown to emergent-chartreuse, we often gravitate toward the fresh experience— being outside, renewing the garden, eating green foods. In this first program of a three-part series, Elizabeth Beggins will help you explore avenues for revitalizing yourself and your menu as she discusses growing and preparing such spring delicacies as zesty mustard, nutty arugula, and elegant pac-choy, in addition to favorites such as lettuce and spinach. Tasting samples and starter seed kits are sure to put some spring in your step.

Abundant Summer
June 7

Days lengthen, thermometers rise, and kitchens fill to overflowing with Mother Nature’s gifts. Now is the time to maximize the bounty of summer. Plan on succession plantings at home, and benefit from the burgeoning variety at farmers’ markets. In the second session of this tasty series, Elizabeth will guide you in how to prolong our home harvests and how to savor and store those available from local farmers. Enjoy the flavors of the season as you learn.
Fall Harvest
September 6
Just because we can stop worrying about what to do with yet another summer squash doesn’t mean the food season is over. Late summer is the time to plant a fall garden and the time you’ll find the widest variety of produce all year. Elizabeth will show you how a little preparation now can yield big returns as the weather turns cooler. Greens, garlic, and gorgeous local offerings available at markets and roadside stands are the focus of this final program in the series. As always, savory treats and tools to use at home are an added bonus.

Winter Fun for Families
Sun., Jan 20, 1–3 p.m.
Fee: $8 per person or $25 per family for members, $10 per person or $30 per family for the general public
Have a bad case of cabin fever? Bundle up the family for an afternoon of winter wonder at Adkins Arboretum. Join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton for a winter wildlife hike, an exciting critter experiment along the Blockston Branch, and a recycled bird feeder craft to take home. Warm clothes are a must, and hot chocolate will be provided.

Beginning Drawing
Mondays, Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $110 members, $140 general public
This five-session class taught by Lee D’Zmura will focus on drawing processes and skills. Emphasis will be placed equally on freehand drawing and technical skill to enhance accuracy and overall composition. A list of materials will be provided.

Wild Wild Weather
Fri., Feb. 15, noon–1 p.m.
Dan Satterfield, a forecast meteorologist for more than 32 years will speak about climate change and his work with Climate Central. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in meteorology (atmospheric physics) and has a master’s degree in earth science. In January 2010, he was a guest of the National Science Foundation on a tour of science underway in Antarctica. On January 11, 2010, Dan became one of fewer than 5,000 people to have ever stood at the South Pole. Seven months later, he spent two weeks on top of the Greenland ice sheet, where scientists were recovering an ice core that will provide climate change information reaching back 130,000 years! Forecasting the weather is Dan’s job, but sharing the wonders of the earth sciences with students is his passion. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.
Winter Tree ID: Learn Your Buds and Bark
Sun., Feb. 24, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Adkins Arboretum Science Advisor Mary Travaglini will also guide discovery of clues on the ground and assess the habitats we visit to help sleuth out trees in winter. Come away knowing your trees without their leaves!

Peatlands and Bog-like Habitats of the Delmarva Peninsula
Sat., March 2, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Bogs are wetland habitats with deep deposits of peat, or partially decomposed plant material. Because most bogs develop in areas of the world where glaciers formerly occurred, there are no true bogs on the Delmarva Peninsula. There are, however, wetland habitats on the Peninsula where peat is well formed and bog-like conditions develop, including habitats such as Atlantic white cedar swamps, acidic fens, and interdunal swales. These habitats often support carnivorous plants that are adapted to the unique environmental conditions that result from peat formation. Join Bill McAvoy to learn more about the ecology and flora of these fascinating habitats.

McAvoy is the botanist for the Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and has studied and published on both the vascular and nonvascular flora of the Delmarva Peninsula for over 20 years. Registration required.

Philadelphia Flower Show bus trip
Wed., March 6
Fee: $75 members, $95 general public includes transportation, tip, and admission
Register by Tuesday, February 26.
The British have a word for something that’s inventive, dazzling, and extraordinary. That word is “brilliant!” In 2013, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will glow with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain and will pay tribute to centuries of inspiring and influential culture, culminating in the urbane design of 21st-century London. Your admission ticket provides access to the Show’s finest features, including complimentary wine tastings, horticultural demonstrations, culinary presentations, and shopping in the Marketplace. The bus departs from Creamery Lane parking lot (near the fire station) in Easton at 8 a.m. and from Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely at 8:30 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride for Chestertown-area participants will be added upon request. The bus will depart for home at 6 p.m.

Sat., March 9, 10–11:30 a.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Join Dr. Francis R. Gouin, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and composting expert, to learn about the science in composting, how to start a compost pile and manage it from start to finish, and the benefits of using compost in gardening. Enough Said, a compilation of 125 essays that Dr. Gouin wrote for the Annapolis Horticulture Society newsletter over a twelve-year period, will be available for purchase at this program. This collection of articles on composting, pruning, soil testing, planting, eliminating pesky weeds (like bamboo and kudzu), and much, much more is a user-friendly reference that many gardeners consider an indispensible guide to “best practices” in the garden.
Sun., March 10, noon–2:30 p.m.
Ever taken an interesting photo of a plant or animal, and wanted to share what you’ve seen and where you’ve seen it? Liberate that photo from your hard drive, and share it with an online army of naturalists and scientists. Matt Muir will show how social media, photo sharing, and nature are linking local and global expertise for use in education and science. In an ever-growing world of nature-sharing websites, Matt will focus on, a free and open-source community that connects your observations to species range maps, state and county lists, and other external information sources. Learn how iNaturalist can be used to keep lists of all your species records, to establish projects where others can complement your efforts, to seek identification help, and to create field guides for your backyard, your favorite nature area, or any location that you choose. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Geological Formations and Weather Patterns
Fri., March 15, noon–1 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Environmental issues such as climate change and sea level rise are both at the forefront of public interest. Archaeology, as a discipline, is generally not viewed as a way to understand these topics, but according to Darrin Lowery, Ph.D., the best way to understand the impact of climate is to look at the past. By integrating both geology and archaeology, we can more thoroughly understand important environmental issues associated with the Chesapeake Bay region. Join Dr. Lowery to explore various aspects supporting a detailed understanding of Delmarva’s ever-changing landscape.

Raised on Tilghman Island, Dr. Lowery comes from a long line of boat builders, farmers, and watermen. His interest in archaeology and geology began at the age of seven while combing the eroding shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay with his father. His interest is in how geological formations reveal weather patterns and how these weather patterns affect human development.
Landscape Design Workshop
Sat., March 16, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 members, $110 general public
This workshop will address the typical challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region. Three experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead this all-day intensive design session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas, and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride.

Topics include analyzing the challenges and opportunities of your property; developing a plan for circulation and unique features; designing “rooms” for outdoor living; choosing materials for patios and walks; incorporating sustainable practices; and selecting ornamental plants. The day will be organized around presentations followed by breakout sessions for you to work one-on-one with designers. The designers will offer practical advice on to get started, what to do with wet areas, how to lay out a path, how to screen an undesirable view, and plants recommended for specific conditions. Step by step, you will develop your own landscape design.

Workshop leaders are Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; landscape architect Barbara McClinton, formerly of the Baltimore landscape architecture and land planning firm Daft, McCune, Walker; and landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program.

Bring lunch. A continental breakfast and break refreshments will be provided. Also bring a property plat, photos, and other documentation of your property. Worksheets and handouts on native plants will be provided.

Herpetology Walk: Reptiles and Amphibians
Sat., March 16, 10–11:30 p.m.
Join Scott Smith to learn about the frogs, turtles, snakes, and salamanders that inhabit the Arboretum wetlands and forest. Scott Smith is the Maryland DNR-Natural Heritage Program Wildlife Diversity Ecologist and Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project coordinator for Talbot and Caroline counties. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Introduction to Nature Journaling
Wed., March 20, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
This workshop with Lee D’Zmura presents the popular pastime of nature or travel journaling. Participants will learn techniques to quickly and spiritedly record plants, animals, experiences, and places as they happen. Emphasis will be placed on initial sketches, text, and color rendering. Bring a sack lunch; a list of materials will be provided.

Sticks and Stones: A Garden’s Bones
Fri., March 22, 1–2 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
The first time he saw a rustic fence made of eastern red cedar, Pierre Moitrier immediately fell under the spell. He was compelled to start building with this wonderful material. Along the way, he found a true outlet for his creativity. Drawing inspiration from nature, his travels, and the charm of the old villages in France, he started creating one of-a-kind structures for the garden. In this talk, Pierre will take you from harvest to construction and show you how to transform a mere pile of cedar twigs into benches, fences, arbors, and gazebos that showcase intricate patterns. While presenting beautiful slides of his work, he will share valuable insights on construction techniques. Walk out inspired and ready to build your own rustic cedar structure!

Moitrier is a professional gardener at Designs for Greener Gardens, an Annapolis-based fine gardening company he owns and operates with his wife, Nancy. After leaving his native France twelve years ago with a degree in sustainable rural land use, Pierre landed in the garden universe. He quickly developed a strong interest in gardening and a true passion for hardscapes for the garden, including rustic stonework, magical garden follies, and creative woodwork using native Juniperus virginiana in its rough form. His work has been featured in Adrian Higgins’ column, on HGTV and in American Nurseryman, among others.
Full Moon Walk
Wed., March 27, 6–8 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Take a guided tour of the Arboretum under a full moon. We’ll discover the night sights and sounds of the meadow and forest, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and spring in the woodland. Along the way, with guidance from Science Advisor Mary Travaglini, we might identify some buds by flashlight, check what the goats do under a full moon, and even see what smells the plants might give us. At the end of our walk, a little fire will be going, and we will have warm drinks and marshmallows to toast!

Designing for Waterfront Landscapes
Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
Waterfront properties present homeowners with a slew of both daunting challenges and precious opportunities. Join landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program, for a look at plants that are good for waterfront landscape conditions and to review some of the special rules and regulations that may apply in your county. You may bring your plat diagram, some photos, and a bag lunch to enjoy with the group afterward—Chris will stay until 1 p.m. to answer questions about your specific property. When registering, please specify the county in which your property is located. This class is an excellent follow-up to the Landscape Design Workshop offered on March 16.

Second Saturday Nursery Walk
Sat., April 13, 1–3 p.m.
Join horticulturalist Eric Wittman for a walk that explores the tremendous diversity of plant material at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery. Eric will select dozens of trees, shrubs, and perennials to aid visitors on their journey toward incorporating more native plants into their landscapes. Learn more about all the plants your native Arboretum has to offer. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Close-up Photography
Sat., April 20, 8 a.m.–noon
Fee: $45 members, $60 general public
Spring at the Arboretum is the ideal time to photograph close-up images of colors, textures, and patterns and turn ordinary images into powerful abstracts. Instructor Joshua Taylor Jr. will help participants learn how to capture striking images with basic photo equipment. The use of extension tubes, close-up filters, diffusers, and reflectors will be demonstrated during the shooting session with the instructor.
Participants will receive online pre-workshop instruction and an illustrated handout. ­ The workshop also includes a morning photo shoot with the instructor and a classroom session on image enhancement techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to e-mail the instructor two JPEG images from the workshop for a written critique. Bring ALL photo equipment, including a digital memory card, extra batteries, and camera manual. A tripod is optional, but highly recommended. Please be reminded that point-and-shoot cameras have limited options, but they are welcome and can work quite well for close-ups.

Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as for public gardens, preserves, and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks at camera and garden clubs.

Spring Ephemerals
Sun., April 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
First thing in spring, a dazzling diversity of flowers emerges, but many of us hardly blink before they are gone. Join Arboretum Science Advisor Mary Travaglini on a walk to find these early spring flowers, the harbingers of spring!

Mary holds a bachelor’s of science from Cornell University and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan. Active as an outdoor educator, landscape architect, and ecologist, Mary has worked extensively on federal lands and within the private sector as a trail crew leader and landscape designer, and has worked most recently for The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Nature Journaling with Spring Ephemerals
Wed., April 21, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
Join Lee D’Zmura to focus on the many spring ephemerals in bloom at the Arboretum. Following a brief discussion about these early blooming flowers and techniques to capture their beauty, the class will sketch outdoors and return to compose journal entries. Bring a sack lunch; a list of materials will be provided.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.
Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, P.O. Box 100, Ridgely, MD 21620