Women’s Civic League of North East Annual Secret Garden Tour


The Women’s Civic League of North East announces its Annual Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, June 8. The event takes place, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and features eight gardens in and around the town of North East, Maryland.

A self-driving tour showcases the gardens which include a charming town garden and waterfront properties with views of the North East River. Highlights include meticulous landscaping, water gardens, whimsical statuary, mature wooded areas, and late-spring floral containers. A new, highly anticipated feature will be a “ surprise culinary delight” at one of the gardens.

This annual garden event, sponsored exclusively by Nowland Construction Services, is the major Spring event for the Civic League. The League, established in 1951, is celebrating over 68 years promoting literacy in North East, particularly by supporting the North East Public Library.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and may be purchased at North East Town Hall, Kathy’s Corner Shop, and Silver and Sassy on Main Street. Tickets are available for $20.00 on the day of the tour only at St. Mary Anne’s Parish House, 315 South Main Street, North East. Tickets include a map and driving directions.

For further information visit the website wclnortheast.org/upcoming-events/ or the Women’s Civic League of North East Facebook page.

Forest Music Returns June 6 to Adkins Arboretum


Adkins Arboretum joins the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 6 when the NewBassoon Institute performs Forest Music.

Positioning themselves throughout the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of one another, these innovative musicians will engage in a musical conversation that winds throughout the trees. Following the forest performance, there will be a brief concert at the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Forest Music is free, though donations are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar will be available. Advance registration is appreciated at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The NewBassoon Institute is an annual workshop taught by “bassoon supergroup” Dark in the Song. The workshop focuses on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques and pedagogy, with the aim of teaching a new generation of open-minded players and bringing the bassoon and bassoon ensembles to the forefront of 21st-century music-making.

The National Music Festival brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships and affordable, adventurous public performances in and around Chestertown, Md., for two weeks each June. This year’s Festival is June 2–15. Visit nationalmusic.us for more information.

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. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Kent County 4-H Calendar and Club Info


Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. 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.

11 – Eastern Shore Spring Show, QA Co. 4-H Park, Centreville
13 – Jr. Leadership Council (JLC), 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
Deadline: To Purchase MD Dairy Judging Team Pit Beef Lunch Tickets. See Dylan Hill or Kent Extension Office
14 – New Family 4-H Orientation, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office. Register by 4/10
15 – 4-H UME Volunteer Training F2F, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Ext. Office. Register by 5/13.
16 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
18 – MD 4-H Dairy Judging Team Pit Beef Lunch, Pickup 11:30 – 1:30 pm, Hill Haven Farm, Kennedyville
19 – Kent Clover Kids Program, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Ext. Office. Topic: “All About Small Pets”
MD State 4-H Council, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
21 – UME 4-H Volunteer Online Training, 6:30-8:30 pm, Webinar. Must register in Kent Office.
23 – New! Hands-On 4-H Quality Assurance Workshop, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office
27 – Memorial Day Holiday ~ Extension Office Closed
28 – 4-H Leaders Council, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office

4-H Club Meeting Dates

4-H Nature After School Club 3rd – 5th Grade – Meets 1st& 3rd Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm, 3:40pm pick up Garnet walkers. Kent County Public Library Yellow Building. Jenny Lee, 302-753-8191. Extension staff, 410-778-1661
Bits and Bridles Horse Club – Educational Activity held 1st Wednesdays, Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov.
Business meeting held 1st Wednesdays, Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec. 7:00pm Running W. Farm, Worton. Jaime Orndorff, 302-531-8179, Mary Coates, 443-480-2722
Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting Sports 1. – Shotgun: 2nd Sunday, 12:00pm, Kent C., Gun Club, 4th Sunday, 12:00pm, Sudlersville Skeet Club. 2. Archery: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington. Summer: Kent Ag Center, 4pm. 3. Rifle: Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester. Contact Leaders. Anna Armstrong,302-535-3640. Andy Simmons, 410-708-6073.
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00pm. Kennedyville United Methodist Church. Leaders, Beth Hill, 410-778-1661, Kathy Myers, 410-708-8317
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7:00pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leader, Jennifer Debnam, 410-708-4923
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – Meets 4th Monday monthly, 6:30pm Greenscapes Land Care, Kennedyville, Leaders, Carrie and Jay Douthit, 410-480-6964
Kent Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Winter: Radcliffe Creek School, Summer: Running W Kennel. Monthly business meeting 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm, Running W Kennel, Leaders, Bert & Jim Lindauer, 410-778-2887

Explore Local Farms on Adkins Arboretum Tours


Learn about myriad types of farming and conservation-minded farm practices when Adkins Arboretum offers a series of local farm tours beginning this spring. Six farms across the Mid-Shore will welcome participants to learn about their products and land management efforts and to engage in a hands-on project to take home.

The series kicks off on Sun., May 19 with a tour of Cottingham Farm on the banks of Goldsborough Creek in Easton. Join owner Cleo Braver to learn about food farming and the infrastructure required for crops, chickens and pigs before exploring cover crops, greenhouses and processing and storage spaces. Participants will also cut garlic scapes and make garlic scape pesto.

On Sun., June 2, join Carrie Jennings for a guided tour of her field-grown specialty flowers at Honeybee Flower Farm in Cordova. Jennings grows flowers without insecticides; by growing varieties not readily available from overseas, her operation helps to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Participants should bring a vase or mason jar to create a cut flower arrangement to take home.

At Schoolhouse Farmhouse in Cordova, Lauren Giordano and George Burroughs follow a regenerative approach that includes minimal tilling, no synthetic pesticides or herbicides, and the use of cover crops. On Sun., June 23, learn how they use sustainable practices for vegetables, flowers and chickens. Participants will also take a walk through the meadow and create a hand-printed tea towel inspired by their surroundings.

On Sun., June 30, tour the organic cutting garden of floral designer and longtime Adkins docent Nancy Beatty. Owner of Sweetbay Designs, Beatty has grown her own flowers organically for more than 25 years. Participants will take home a tiny tussie-mussie made from greenery and mostly native plants.

Calico Fields Lavender Farm near Millington is on the tour schedule for Sun., July 7.

On their Calico Fields Lavender Farm near Millington, Christa and Jay Falstad grow their plants organically and tend and harvest them by hand to make high-quality bath and body products. Participants will cut their own lavender bunches and learn about the Falstads’ conservation efforts aimed at promoting native bee species and monarch butterflies.

A native nursery and garden center offering services and products that foster harmony with nature, Unity Church Hill Nursery & Farm has been growing produce, flowers, and vegetable and herb starts sustainably for the past three years. On Sun., Sept. 15, join Theresa Mycek for a tour of the food gardens to learn about the farm’s regenerative gardening methods. After the tour, participants will make a hardneck garlic “braid” to take home.

Each tour is $35 for Arboretum members and $40 for non-members. All tours run from 1 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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. For more information about programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

“Thru the Garden Gate” All Seasons Garden Club Show May 20


The All Seasons Garden Club (ASGC) will hold its biennial flower show on Monday, May 20, 2019, from noon until 3:00 PM, in Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 510 High Street, Chestertown.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

The theme for the 2019 show is Thru the Garden Gate.  Floral arrangements in four design classes will be presented. Each entry will satisfy rules of a specific design category and reflect one of the following themes: Garden Creation,  Herb Garden, Tree House, and Garden Picnic.

In addition to the four Design Classes, there will be entries in as many as eighteen Horticultural Classes, which include dish gardens; window boxes; terraria; as well as individuals specimens of bulbs, evergreens, Columbine, Hosta, Lily, Peony, Rose, Iris, Baptisia, and Sedum.

The All Seasons Garden Club was organized in 1985 and draws most of its members from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

Diana Bonner, Kent Island Garden Club and past President of Maryland Federated Garden Club; Susie Middleton, Dorchester Garden Club; and Charlotte Hardman, Kent Island Garden Club will serve as judges for both the Design Class and Horticultural Class competitions.

Flyers describing the Design Classes for the show as well as other aspects of the judging are available by emailing Frank Creegan at fcreegan2@washcoll.edu.

Convenient and free parking for entrance into Sacred Heart Parish Hall is available in the lot at the corner of Calvert and Kent Streets.

Chesapeake Bay Herb Society Program on Native Edibles/Herbs


Mikaela Boley

Mikaela Boley, the Agent Associate in Talbot County for Urban Horticulture and coordinator of the Master Gardener volunteer program, will speak on native edibles/herbs on May 9th at 6:00pm at the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society monthly meeting.  The meeting and program will be held at the Parish Hall, Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.

Mikaela has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and Applied Entomology, and has worked for University of Maryland Extension since 2012. She shares a keen passion for native plants of the coastal plain and wild edibles.

The Herb Society was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local Eastern Shore community.  It is a non-profit organization which welcomes guests to share in the joys of cultivating, harvesting and using herbs.  For more information call 410-310-8437.

Adkins Arboretum Offers May 1 Day Trip to Mt. Cuba


Known for its gently rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays, Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Join Adkins Arboretum on Wed., May 1 on a day trip for an in-depth look at the gardens and natural lands and to learn about notable native plants.

The former home and family estate of Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife, Pamela Cunningham Copeland, Mt. Cuba features a stately Colonial Revival manor house built in 1935. Over time, the Copelands transformed the estate’s farmland into lush botanical gardens featuring some of the region’s most beautiful natives plants. In the 1960s, the couple became acutely aware of a changing ethic and thus became more concerned with ecology and the need for conservation. In response, noted landscape architect Seth Kelsey was hired to develop the woodland wildflower garden with native plants and to design the site’s ponds and many woodland garden paths. The site also includes formal gardens, trial gardens, a meadow and a dogwood path that radiates with spring blooms.

The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., are radiant with spring blooms. Photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center.

Trilliums, the star of the season, are expected to be in bloom. These rare and beautiful wildflowers grow in drifts at Mt. Cuba in early to midspring, producing a range of peculiar smells—from sweet to stinky—that attract many different pollinators. Trilliums have three petals, three sepals and three leaves and come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to lemony yellow to deep maroon. The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center include every trillium species native to the United States.

Tickets are $95 for Arboretum members and $120 for non-members. The fee includes transportation, driver gratuity, admission, a docent-led tour and a gourmet boxed lunch. The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m. with additional stops near Wye Mills and Chestertown. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to reserve a seat.

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. For more information about programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Farming Community Comes Together to Educate Our Youth


The Agriculture community in Queen Anne’s County in partnership with the Board of Education recently came together for the 3nd year to deliver unbiased, science and researched based education to all the 7th grade students in the county. The Agriculture Awareness Day was held April 9 & 10 at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park.

Agricultural leaders have talked about how to educate our youth on the many sectors of farming and the many careers. It’s a massive undertaking and most of us don’t have the staff or volunteers to offer such a training by ourselves. The two day event required 120 volunteers.

The educational program was possible because of the following committee coming together to plan and teach: Maryland Grain Producers, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, QAC Farm Bureau, QAC Board of Education, QAC Government, QACHS FFA, Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District, University of Maryland Extension, Wye Research and Education Center, USDA Farm Service Agency, Young Farmers and many other volunteers in our community.

The objective of the program is to increase awareness of agriculture in Maryland and the numerous career opportunities available. The day included five interactive stations with topics that included: grains, conservation practices, technology, farm animals, aquaculture, vegetables, nurseries, forestry, career choices and much more.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their monetary support. We plan to continue this educational program and hope to be a model for other counties and regions.

Sponsors/Donors/Educators included:
Arnold Farms
Axis Seed
Coldwell Banker Waterman Reality Company
Farm Credit
Fisherman’s Daughter Brand Oysters
Godfrey’s Farm
Hort, Inc.
J. Clarke Show Feeds
James & Linda Hall
Marydel Ag Supply
Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation
Maryland Farm Bureau
Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
Maryland State FFA Officers
Mountaire Farms
Nagel Crop Insurance
Nagel Farm Service
Phillips Wharf
QAC 4-H Dairy Goat Club
QAC Extension Advisory Council
Quee Anne’s County 4-Her’s
Queen Anne’s County 4- H All Stars
Queen Anne’s County Commissioners
Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau
Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District
Queen Anne’s County 4-H
Queen Anne’s County FFA
Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners
Queenstown Bank
Shore United Bank
Southern States
Upper Shore Regional Council
University of Maryland Extension
USDA Farm Service Agency
Willard Agri-Service
Wye Research and Education Center

Animals displayed by:
Jessica Clarke
Alexander Evans
Alan Eck
Tom Jackson
Brigid, Helen & Brenan King
Leslie Moore
Temple & Madeline Rhodes
Annie Seward
Katie Starr
Quinn Williams

Few Tickets Remain for the Talbot County Garden Club’s Spring Symposium


Only a few tickets remain available for The Talbot County Garden Club’s biennial spring symposium on April 23, 2019, featuring two nationally renowned speakers and award-winning floral designers from the Club.

The event will be held at The Milestone in Easton.  Tickets are $90 each, and include the program, a light breakfast, lunch, and the opportunity to shop with merchants.  To purchase tickets, mail a check to the Talbot County Garden Club at P.O. Box 1524, Easton, MD  21601.

The speakers include:

Award-winning gardener and contributing editor for Fine Gardening, Stephanie Cohen, will present a vibrant talk on “New and Underused Perennials.”

Award-winning gardener, floral designer and owner of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, Jennie Love, who trained as both a horticulturist and floral designer at Longwood Gardens, will create designs from her sustainably managed urban flower farm and design studios in Philadelphia.

And, back by popular demand, four very talented members of the Talbot County Garden Club will dazzle attendees with their floral designs.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be one of our best symposiums yet,” said Symposium Chairwoman, Kim Eckart.  “This is our major fundraiser for 2019 and will fund our community service projects throughout Talbot County.”

The Symposium is an opportunity to learn while enjoying a day with fellow gardeners and floral designers.

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