Spring into Spring with the Eastern Shore Master Gardeners

Eastern Shore Master Gardeners are offering a ‘Spring into Spring’ program at the Higher Education Building on the Chesapeake College Campus on Wednesday, March 21stA full day of horticultural topics to get even the novice gardener ready for the growing season. The program includes:

What’s New with Magnolias and Hydrangeas?” with Scott Aker is Head of Horticulture and Education at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC.  He manages curators, technicians, educators, and horticulturists, and provides oversight for some of the most notable plant collections in North America.  Prior to serving in management, Aker was the horticulturist in charge of the Integrated Pest Management Program at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota.  A native of the Black Hills of western South Dakota, Aker served for a short time with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Howard County, Maryland after completing his Master’s thesis.  Aker wrote Digging In, a weekly garden question and answer column in the Washington Post. He now writes Garden Solutions, a column in The American Gardener.

“Orchids 101” with Roger Cole of Arbec Orchids has been growing and cultivating orchids for 30+ years. He owns and operates Arbec Orchids in Ridgely, MD.

“Irises” with Pat McNeal also known as the “Iris Lady” has been growing irises for 40 + years. Pat founded Bayshore Iris Society, a local affiliate of the American Iris Society. She grows about 500 different irises and sells the rhizomes at the Easton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. She has written articles for the quarterly bulletin of the American Iris Society, IRISES. Pat also hybridizes irises. She also donates irises to nonprofit organizations for fundraising activities. She has been a member of the American Iris Society since 2008.

“Design a Potager”  with Cynthia (Cindy) Brown, A traditional French kitchen garden – potager – mingles vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to make the function of providing food for the table aesthetically pleasing.  An urban potager uses every inch of available space, growing edibles and ornamentals in yards, on balconies and patios, and maybe even rooftops. Transform your yard into a verdant, edible space. Cindy Brown will eliminate excuses for excluding edibles with suggestions on what edibles to grow, unusual ways to grow them and how to do it all with style! Cindy Brown is the Manager of Horticulture Collections Management and Education at Smithsonian Gardens, a position she has held since 2010. Cindy leads a talented team overseeing Smithsonian Gardens’ archives, object and living collections, education, and web/social media. Cindy has worked in the field of horticulture since 1993, beginning her career in a nursery and serendipitously discovering the world of public gardens.

“Mushroom Cultivation” with Nevin Dawson, Nevin Dawson, University of Maryland Extension Sustainalbe Agriculture Coordinator. Participants will learn the basics of fungi and how they grow during a presentation on how to cultivate shiitake mushrooms on logs. Participants will learn how to properly inoculate logs with shiitake spawn as well as how to take care of these logs so they will bear mushrooms for years to come. Nevin is the Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator for the state of Maryland and the Professional Development Program Associate for Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE). He provides professional development programs to agricultural service providers throughout the state, promoting sustainable agricultural practices with a focus on Soil Health with best tillage and cover crop practices. He also conducts outreach about SARE programs. Nevin has a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State University and an M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University. He is also an alum of the LEAD Maryland agriculture and natural resources leadership development program.

Tickets for the program will be $10 for Master Gardeners and $15 for the general public and can be purchased online. A full program description and tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-into-spring-with-the-eastern-shore-master-gardeners-tickets-42576939773?aff=affiliate1

This program is in collaboration with University of Maryland Extension Talbot County and University of Maryland Dorchester County. Master Gardeners are volunteers who are trained by the University of Maryland Extension. Our mission is to support the University of Maryland Extension (UME) mission by educating residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. For more information call or email the University of Maryland Extension Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Coordinator, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or rjrhodes@umd.edu .  For further information on the Master Gardener Program or other environmentally sound practices, please visit www.extension.umd.edu/queen-annes-county  or see us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.