Adkins Arboretum Programs And Events January Through April 2010

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Call 410.634.2847, ext. 0, e-mail, or visit for more information.

March, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings by Juliana Netschert, on view through January 29. Lively with the rhythmic patterns of trunks and branches, Netschert’s works convey a sense of the fleeting interval between winter and the first sprouting of leaves.

Calligraphy in the Forest on view through January 31. Collaborative exhibit of kit-Keung Kan of Bethesda and Centreville artists Howard and Mary McCoy, inspired by the idea that calligraphy resembles bare tree branches.

2010 Art Competition Exhibit on view February 15 through March 26. Now in its eleventh year, the show has grown to draw many entries from diverse artists from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

Landscapes and Nature Studies by Elissa O’Loughlin on view March 29 through May 28. Steeped in the traditions of art at her job as a conservator at the Walters Gallery in Baltimore, O’Loughlin grinds her own pigments in order to achieve extraordinarily subtle gradations of color. She is the winner of the Arboretum’s 2009 Art Competition.



Ecology for Gardeners Series
Wednesdays, February 3, March 10, April 7, April 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $10 members, $15 general public per session; $35 members, $50 general public for all four programs in the series

Your garden is a stage for endless interactions between organisms and their environment. Learn about the interactions between plants, insects, and their environment to create a natural balance in the garden.

Plants in the Garden—Wednesday, February 3
This garden-focused review of plant physiological ecology with Sylvan Kaufman, Ph.D. will provide participants with a better understanding of the plants in their gardens, including selecting the best location for each plant and diagnosing and treating ailing plants. Dr. Kaufman is an ecologist and science advisor to the Arboretum, a consultant, a teacher, and a writer covering topics from basic botany and ecology to invasive plant control and conservation landscaping techniques.
Plant Population Ecology—Wednesday, March 10
Planting a crop cultivates a population of plants. Join Sylvan Kaufman, Ph.D. to learn the basics of population growth and how growth is affected by competition for resources and insect pests. Some plants grow better together than others, and a little knowledge of ecology can help in planning a great garden.
Pollination and IPM (Integrated Pest Management)—Wednesday, April 7
Learn to create a sustainable landscape with minimal dependence on synthetic pesticides through the conservation and enhancement of biological diversity with special emphasis on natural enemy communities. Instructor Mike Raupp, Ph.D., University of Maryland professor of entomology and extension specialist, emphasizes the use of resistant plant materials, manipulation of cultural regimes, and use of biological control.
Healthy Soils
Wednesday, April 21
Andrew Ristvey, Ph.D. will provide an introduction to soil health as it relates to plant nutrition. Learn basics about the physical and chemical properties of soils and what gardeners can do to change those properties to extract the most from their soils and benefit their plants. Nutrient information will also be presented. Dr. Ristvey is the University of Maryland regional extension specialist for commercial horticulture.


Nature and the Underground Railroad Guided Walk
Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.
Free for members, free with admission for the general public
Celebrate Black History Month at the Arboretum with a guided walk to explain the historical and cultural cross-section that combines the story of the Underground Railroad and the natural landscape of the Eastern Shore. With endless picturesque scenes that reflect the conditions through which slaves traveled en route to freedom, the Arboretum is the ideal backdrop for learning about this little-known historical relationship.


Landscape Design Workshop
Saturday, March 13, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $65 members, $75 general public
Does your property lack beauty and distinctive character? Do you want to create attractive outdoor living spaces? Offered again by popular demand, this workshop will address typical challenges of Eastern Shore homeowners. Four experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead participants through an all-day intensive planning 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.

Mt. Cuba Center Field Trip
Friday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fee: $50 members, $60 general public includes transportation, lunch, and entrance fee
Witness an explosion of color at Mt. Cuba as thousands of wildflowers emerge and flower to welcome another year in the garden. Spectacular flowering shrubs and trees provide accents throughout the gardens to further highlight the splendor of spring. Mt. Cuba Center is a 650-acre nonprofit horticultural institution in northern Delaware dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region through garden display, education, and research.

Pysanky: The Art of Ukrainian Eggs
Session 1: Traditional Pysanky Design, Thursday, February 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Session 2: Nontraditional Pysanky Design, Thursday, March 4, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fee:  $30 members, $35 general public per session
Create a beautiful egg in a Ukrainian tradition reaching back to antiquity. Eggs are decorated with symbolic motifs rooted in nature and the cycles of life. Among the designs used are spiders and sheaves of wheat, spirals, stars and circles, bees, acorns, garlands of flowers, clusters of grapes, birds, and mammals. Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided. Each participant will receive a Pysanky kit containing the basic tools and materials required for the class.
Creating Books and Cards with Nature
Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 general public
Join artist Sue Stockman to construct a journal writing book or cards using collage and other techniques to make hand bound journals or individual cards. All materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring paper, photos, cards, twigs, leaves, shells, and other objects and images that evoke special memories.
Basketry: Free-form Cracker Basket
Friday, March 5, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $55 members, $65 general public
Make a free-form rimmed cracker basket with wild jasmine vine and natural and dyed rattan using traditional melon basket technique. This functional, colorful, one-of-a-kind basket can be used to serve crackers or may also hang on the wall as an art sculpture. Bring a lunch, basin or small tub, clippers, awl, and jackknife and join the fun with instructor Lee Zimmerman Nelson.

Watercolor Series—Daffodils
Thursdays, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $60 members, $75 general public
This four-day workshop with Lee D’Zmura will focus on composing and developing a color study of daffodils using a grisaille under painting. Watercolor techniques including color mixing, washes, and lifting will be demonstrated.


Global Gardening—Living Gracefully on Our Planet
Friday, April 9, 5–6 p.m. with a reception to follow
Fee: $8 members, $10 general public
In this lecture, Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman expands the definition of gardening to embrace agriculture, stormwater management, ecological restoration, land development, and wildlife habitat protection to inspire the adoption of a land ethic for better human habitat. While the heightened awareness of mankind’s impact on the planet emphasizes loss and deterioration, Altman makes the case for turning the focus toward nature’s resilience and humans’ desire to understand and celebrate nature.

Beyond the Grass Ceiling: Less Lawn, More Natives
Saturday, April 10, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $18 general public
Americans spend much money, energy, and time in pursuit of the perfect front-yard lawn. But there is life beyond a green monoculture. Learn how Nancy Beaubaire created a beautiful, biologically diverse, and socially acceptable front landscape with native plants. Now four years old, the garden abounds with birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. This lawn alternative provides ideas for your own front yard.

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire, and the Birth of an Obsession
Tuesday, May 4, 4–5 p.m. with a reception to follow
Fee: $15 members, $18 general public
In this beautifully illustrated talk, Andrea Wulf tells the tale of a small group of 18th-century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America. The talk explores the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships and squabbles that knitted together the lives of six men who changed the world of gardening and botany.
Nature, Nurture, and Nutrition
Saturdays, February 20, March 20, April 24, May 15, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Fee: $18 members, $20 general public
Pre-registration required; call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to register
Discover green plants in winter, early blooms, ephemeral flowers, and sure signs of spring. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Visit for walk themes and menus.
Noon Tea in the Trees Journaling
First Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. public guided walk; Noon Tea in the Trees Journaling session
Free with admission
Take a break for an informal Saturday morning walk. Stroll through the Arboretum’s varied habitats—delightful places to gather ideas and impressions. Then return to the Visitor’s Center or Nursery for tea and homemade goodies and a chance to see your ideas germinate into language during a brief free writing session. Bring your favorite pen or pencil and a small journal or notebook. Plan to attend the next time and add more thoughts to your journal. No previous writing experience necessary. Pre-registration is required.


A Sense of Wonder Sundays—A Family Affair
February 28, March 28, April 25
Fee: $5 per person members, $7 per person general public
Pre-registration is required; call 410-634-2847, extension 0 to register.

Life in the Cold—The Ecology of Winter
Sunday, February 28, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Bundle up in something warm and explore the winter world outside. Renew your Sense of Wonder about winter. This session will examine snowflakes, explore how snow is a welcome blanket for many animals, identify trees and discuss what’s going on inside them. Identify some “winter weeds,” and contemplate where the insects have gone and how they overwinter in their different forms. Come learn some great activities for kids and parents to try together at home. Instead of being stuck inside, get out and take advantage of winter’s lessons.

Get the Children’s Garden Ready!
Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Children’s Funshine Garden needs a wakeup call….and so do we! Let’s awaken our senses as we prepare the Children’s Garden for the growing season. Join Children’s Education Coordinator Coreen Weilminster for a morning of service in the garden. We’ll get our hands dirty—and knees green—as we turn the soil, prune the winter weeds, and plant the seeds for the Arboretum’s child-inspired exhibit. Introduce your children to the joys of gardening, or indulge their blossoming green thumb. The afternoon will examine how children’s literature about the garden can be used to stimulate the mind after a day of stimulating the senses.

Migration Madness!
Sunday, April 25, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Migratory birds use rich and diverse parcels of land as stopovers during their long and difficult migration. Adkins Arboretum is an oasis for them. Through simulation games and other activities, we’ll explore the how, why, when, where, and who of Eastern Shore migratory birds. In addition to learning about the birds that specifically use the Arboretum as a stopover during migration, we’ll also look at other migratory birds whose migration is tied to larger ecological cycles, and those whose migratory history tells us how we impact their habitat. We’ll also discuss how our gardens and landscapes can also work as oases for our migratory friends.

Adkins Arboretum offers preschool classes for children ages 3 to 5. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 15 children, so early registration is recommended. The fee for a session of six classes is $45 for members and $55 for the general public. Each class includes a snack and a craft. Programs are led by popular children’s teacher Jenny Houghton. For further information or to register, call 410-634-2847, extension 0. Sessions are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning February 8. Winter preschool programs include Forest Valentine, Winter Wonderland, Fox Trot, and more.

Saturday, April 17
Registration 8-8:45 a.m., Start time 9 a.m.
5K Fee (included T-shirt): $15; $20 day of event
Family Fun Run/Walk Fee: $10/family

Join fellow runners and nature enthusiasts for the fourth annual Arbor Day Run. The event, which
features a 5K Run and a one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk, will kick off with a Kids’ 100 Yard Dash at
8:45 a.m. Participants will catch glimpses of spring as they traverse the cross-country course plotted along the Arboretum’s network of scenic forest and meadow paths. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments provided. To register, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or e-mail

Summer belongs to children. For the past five years, families and children have grown with the Arboretum’s Kids Camp series. The Camps are extraordinary opportunities for children to enjoy summer, and to explore and become a part of the Arboretum. This year, campers will experience the Arboretum in a variety of ways. Preschoolers can join Camp Pollywog’s Where the Wild Things Are to learn about the Arboretum’s diverse habitats. Preschoolers may also learn about how the Kids Only! Funshine Garden is a special place for Things with Wings during Camp Bumblebee.
The Arboretum inspires all ages in many different ways! This summer, campers ages 6–8 will explore the Arboretum as a means for artistic expression during Camp Paw Paw’s Camp Inspiration. In Discovery Days, Camp Egret will tap into every child’s wild side and innate desire to investigate wild places. Campers ages 9–12 will conduct scientific analyses, use field sketching and nature journaling to document their discoveries, and play games that will encourage a bit of self-discovery. Each camp session engages campers in discovering how they fit into the ecosystem.
The Arboretum’s Creative Kids Camps provides children access to a truly enchanted place. For more information about the camps, visit and download a camp brochure. Space is limited and registration is necessary. Sign up your young adventurer to “grow” with the Arboretum. Give the gift of summer camp with an easygoing, relaxed atmosphere in which creativity and fun flourish.
Arboretum membership has its benefits! Members receive a discount on camp fees AND may pre-register for summer camp. Member registration opens March 1. The general public may register beginning March 15.
2010 Camp Dates:
Camp Bumblebee (ages 3–5) June 14–18
Camp Paw Paw (ages 6–8) June 21–25
Camp Egret (ages 9–12) June 28–July 2
Camp Pollywog (ages 3–5) July 5–July 9