The Mushroom Chronicles Talk by William Needham March 29

On Friday, March 29, William Needham will give a talk “The Mushroom Chronicles — Fungi and why plants need them.”  William Needham is the president of the Mycological Association of Washington (MAW) with extensive field and practical experience with fungi. The MAW is a nonprofit club of amateur and professional mycologists. Members study, forage, and cook wild mushrooms, and educate the public about fungi.

In addition to having presided over the MAW since 2003, Mr. Needham is a Maryland Master Naturalist and a docent at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. After a 30-year career in submarines, he was a corrosion engineer for the Department of Defense for an additional 16 years. Mr. Needham’s educational background includes degrees in science from MIT and engineering from Duke.  He is active with several hiking and nature groups in the DC area.

This talk is part of the 20th Annual Kent Horticulture Lecture Series organized by the University of Maryland Extension in Kent County. The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all 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.

Ruth Rogers Clausen to Speak About Delaware Botanic Gardens

On Friday, March 22, Ruth Rogers Clausen will give a talk titled “Delaware Botanic Gardens: From a Humble Beginning to an Amazing Reality”. The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek located in Dagsboro, DE is still a work in progress; it will open its doors to the public in September 2019. The mission of the Gardens is to create an inspirational, educational, and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all.  The Delaware Botanic Gardens will celebrate the coastal plain with a sustainable garden located on 37 acres. It includes a 25-acre flat uplands plateau highlighted by an innovative meadow designed by Piet Oudolf, a 12.5-acre sloped woodlands with freshwater wetlands, and 1,000 feet of waterfront with tidal wetlands on Pepper Creek. The goal is to inspire visitors to preserve Delmarva’s native landscape.

Ruth Rogers Clausen was trained in horticulture in the UK and has now been in the industry for more than 60 years. She has written several gardening books and lectures widely. Some of Ruth’s books include Perennials for American Gardens (1989), Dreamscaping (2003), 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants (2011) and Essential Perennials (2015). Ruth was the Horticulture Editor for Country Living Gardener for more than 7 years. Currently she writes the “Plantings” column for Country Gardens magazine.  In 2017 she received the Garden Media Award from the Perennial Plant Association. She is a member of the Corporation for the New York Botanical Garden and is on the Board of Directors for Delaware Botanic Gardens @ Pepper Creek in southern Delaware.

This talk is part of the 20th Annual Kent Horticulture Lecture Series organized by the University of Maryland Extension in Kent County. The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all 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.

Kate Livie to Speak About “Splendor in the Grass” March 15

On Friday, March 15, Kate Livie will give a talk titled “Splendor in the Grass: the Chesapeake Bay’s Native Aquatic Grasses”.

Kate Livie is a professional Chesapeake educator, writer and historian. An Eastern Shore native, Livie is passionate about the Chesapeake Bay’s culture and landscape. Livie has written extensively about the regional travel, history and foodways for publications from Wooden Boat to Baltimore Magazine to the Bay Journal. Her 2015 book, Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future, won the Maryland Historical Society’s Marion Brewington prize for Maritime History.

Formerly the director of education and associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Livie is currently the head creative and founder of Alosa Communications. Livie is also adjunct faculty at Chestertown’s Washington College, where she teaches courses about the Bay’s environment, economy and culture with the Center for Environment and Society.

This talk is part of the 20th Annual Kent Horticulture Lecture Series. The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all 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.

“Amphibians & Reptiles of the Garden/Home Landscape” Talk March 8

On Friday, March 8, Heather Cunningham will give a talk about “Amphibians & Reptiles of the Garden/ Home Landscape”. The talk is based on the recently published book The Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas. The atlas was written after 5 years of observations and recordings by nearly a thousand citizen scientists. From 2010 until the end of 2014, these volunteers collected data about the frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes and lizards that can be found in Maryland. All in all, the atlas describes the natural history of 89 species of amphibians and reptiles.

Heather Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Biology at Chesapeake College. She was the project coordinator of the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas and she is co-editor of the Atlas in which all the data from the project were gathered.

This talk is part of the 20th Annual Kent Horticulture Lecture Series. The program will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all 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.

Food Summit in Kent County February 22nd

On Friday, February 22nd, the University of Maryland Extension Office in Kent County is holding a Food Summit from 8am until 12:15pm at the Emmanuel Church in Chestertown. The summit will bring together growers/producers, recipients of food donations as well as various community organizations that could help in identifying people or places in need of extra food. The goal of the summit is to find answers to questions such as:

• Do we have excess produce/food in Kent County?
• What, if anything, happens to this produce?
• Who can use extra produce and what kind is most desirable?
• Where can people get excess produce?
• How can your organization help?
• Can we come up with a plan to get food to where it is needed most?

Three separate panels will try to address these questions. By the end of the summit, we should have the beginnings of a plan on how to distribute excess produce this upcoming growing season.

Growers Panel: Bob Arnold, Jen Baker, Barbara Ellis, Theresa Mycek, Wayne Gilchrest.

Recipients: Dave Menzie (Community Food Pantry), Cheryl Hoopes (Community Table, First United Methodist Church), representative from Mt. Olive AME, John Queen (Reconnect for Life).

Other agencies: Amy Cawley (MD Food Bank), Rosey Ramsey Granillo (LMB), Emily Vooris or Lynn Rubin (FSNE), Elizabeth Massey (WAC, Food Recovery Network).

The event is supported by the following local entities: Chester River Wine and Cheese Co., the Emmanuel Church, Evergrain Bread Company, Figg’s Ordinaty and Play it Again Sam.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to register by calling 410-778-1661, emailing sharvey1@umd.edu or by registering online at Eventbrite (Food Summit).

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Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners Announce Lecture Series

Photo taken by Rachel Rhodes. Lavender is a flowering perennial in the mint family, Lamiaceae.

As we settle into the dog days of winter, gardener’s day dream about warmer weather filled sunny days spent in the garden getting their hands dirty. In our heads we take inventory of what plants will be planted, which plants need to be moved, what bulbs will be planted, and seed catalogs that haven’t arrived. On the snowiest days of winter we snuggle down with seed catalogs and we make our lists of which varieties to order for the upcoming growing season. Margaret Atwood once said that “In the Spring, at the end of the day, you smell like dirt.” In preparation for warmer days and dirty hands,attend one of many Queen Anne’s County Master Gardener Lecture Series. All classes are free and open to the public and offer hands on learning.

Join us at the Galilee Lutheran Church (1934 Harbor Drive Chester, MD) on:
• Thursday, February 7th on Starting Seeds at 7 PM
• Thursday, March 7th on Composting at 7 PM
• Thursday, April 4th on Container Gardening at 7 PM

Join us at the Queen Anne’s Government Building (110 Vincit St Centreville, MD in Meeting Room 1) on:
• Wednesday, February 20th on Growing Lavender at 9:30 AM
• Wednesday, March 20th on Natural Lands Project at 9:30 AM
• Wednesday, April 17th on Tick in Maryland at 9:30 AM
• Wednesday, May 15th on Hazardous Household Products at 9:30 AM

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.

Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting Cambridge

The 2019 Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting will be held at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD on February 12, 2019, from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. This year’s program will cover vegetable variety trials, CONSERVE program updates, IPM for greenhouses, non-chemical weed management, controlling bacterial wilt in cantaloupe, FSMA updates and record keeping requirements and more.

The event is free. Registration is encouraged and can be done online at https://ume_esfvgm.eventbrite.com or by calling the Dorchester County extension office at (410)-228-8800.

Maryland Pesticide applicators and Nutrient Management credits will be available. For additional information, please contact Emily Zobel at (410) 228-8800.

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.

Upper Shore Master Gardener Programs to Hold Basic Training

The Upper Shore Master Gardener Programs will hold a 9 week basic training course starting on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the Chesapeake College Campus in Queenstown, MD. This program is intended to train Master Gardeners as volunteer representatives for the University of Maryland Extension to extend our services and programs to the general public. Classes will begin on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to noon ending on Saturday, April 27th. This class in held in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension in Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties.

This well-rounded 40+ hour course includes classes on: ecology, botany, soils, plant diseases, insects – both pests and beneficial, weeds, and much more. This program emphasizes community involvement and outreach as well as environmental stewardship. A $200.00 fee is charged to cover all costs including the Maryland Master Gardener Handbook. This University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener volunteer training program is open to the public, 18 years of age and older and payment assistance is available based on need. Participants my register using https://uppershoremgbasictraining.eventbrite.com  however, additional fees may apply.

Master Gardeners from L-R: Karen Wimsatt, Barbara Graham, Liz Hammond, Deane Horowitz, and Jackie Kelly at the “Ask A Master Gardener” booth at the Kent Island Farmers Market.

The University of Maryland Master Gardener vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.  In keeping with this vision, University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners volunteers work on a variety of projects in cooperation with local schools, help maintain various public gardens, volunteer at local Senior Centers and Assisted Living facilities working with therapeutic gardens and hands-on gardening programs, provide community education through free workshops and classes open to local residents, visit home and public gardens as part of our Bay-Wise certification program…and much more.

For further information, please visit http://extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2018-02-22-1730-upper-shore-master-gardener-basic-training  or see us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners. We are looking forward to working with a new, energetic class of horticulture enthusiasts!

For Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties contact: Rachel J. Rhodes, Master Gardener Coordinator at (410) 758-0166 or by email at rjrhodes@umd.edu.

For Talbot County: Mikaela Boley, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 822-1244 or by email at mboley@umd.edu

For Dorchester County: Emily Zobel, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 228-8800 or by email at ezobel@umd.edu

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.

QA’s County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and 20th Anniversary Celebration

Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners are busy getting ready for their 5th Annual Plant Sale and 20th Anniversary Celebration slated for Saturday, May 12th at the University of Maryland Extension-Queen Anne’s County Office (505 Railroad Ave, Centreville, MD 21617) from 9-noon, rain or shine.

Master Gardener Jane Chambers helps a gardener pick out the perfect plant at our 2017 plant sale.

In addition to mingling with a group of passionate and knowledgeable gardeners, you can buy plants, introduce the kids to pollinator friendly gardening, or ask those questions about your landscape you’ve been wondering about all spring. Master Gardeners are volunteers who are trained by the University of Maryland Extension and will help you select the perfect plant for your garden. Maybe you’ve been longing to have some herbs by the kitchen door, or to grow that perfect heirloom tomato, or try a new variety of eggplant but don’t know how or where to find the plant. You are welcome to request advice about flowers, fruits, vegetable beds and plants that can beautify your yard and provide friendly habitat for wildlife like songbirds, butterflies, bees, and humming birds at our ‘Ask A Master Gardener Plant Clinic.’ While you’re there selecting the perfect plants stop by the Bay-Wise table and learn about turning your garden into a Bay-Wise friendly landscape. And don’t forget to pick out the perfect present for the mom in your life.

For further information please 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 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.

A Talk about “Garden Smart, Garden Easy” on March 23

On Friday, March 23, Tracy Wootten will give a talk about “Garden Smart, Garden Easy – Making Gardening Accessible and Enjoyable for All.” During the many years that Tracy has been working with Master Gardeners, she has collected tips and tricks that can make gardening enjoyable for everyone – even those of us with time or physical limitations.  Not only will Tracy share these fantastic ideas during her talk, she will also bring many tools for demonstration. Attendees will have a change to try out the tools after the talk.

Tracy is the Horticulture Agent for University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in the Sussex County. Tracy has been with the University of Delaware Extension for 28 years. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware. Tracy is responsible for homeowner and commercial horticulture education and helps coordinate the Sussex County Master Gardener program. In addition, Tracy serves as an advisor for the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association, and provides business risk management programming for Women in Agriculture.

The program is organized by the University of Maryland Extension and will be held at 10:00am at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. This event is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sabine Harvey, 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu. For more information about the “Garden Smart, Garden Easy” program, please visit http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/garden-smart/

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all 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.

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