Tidings Article – April 2022 – Plant Swap

Plant / Gardening Tool Swap – Saturday, April 23, 2022

Master Gardener Presentations

at Plant Swap
Saturday, April 23, 2022
10:00 a.m.

Join our Free Plant/Tool/Supply Swap on Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – noon at the church (rain or shine).

Drop off is 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. 

Everything is free and you don’t have to bring anything to swap. Beautify your garden, find a home for your green babies (both indoor and outdoor plants), get advice, clean out the garage, save money!

Special added attraction! Three very experienced Howard County Master Gardeners/ beekeepers will give brief talks on Tips on a Great Vegetable Garden, Using Native Plants to Solve Common Landscaping Problems, and Attracting Birds, Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden, and they will be available for questions!

Master Gardener Presentations

10:20 a.m.       Attracting Birds, Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden (Clare)

10:40  a.m.     Using Native Plants to Solve Common Landscaping Problems (Alison)

11:00 a.m.      Tips on a Great Vegetable Garden (Kent)

Clare Walker is a Maryland Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and instructor in the Natural History Field Studies program. She works at the Irvine Nature Center as program manager, giving programs on native plants, wildflowers and pollinators. At Irvine, she supervises interns on research programs from phenology to bee diversity.

Alison Milligan is a Maryland Master Gardener, Naturalist, Watershed Steward and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.  She’s been writing the ‘Latin for Gardeners’ column for the Master Gardeners of Howard County for over 5 years. (It’s also posted on the WSA blog: http://aawsa.org/blog).   Alison has been helping people solve common landscaping problems using native plants for over 8 years, after first solving them on her own property.   Alison will discuss how to assess your own property and determine which best management practice could be used to address it.  Every practice requires a plant so she’ll share with you some hard-working natives that can be used to manage stormwater, erosion, and invasives, while also providing privacy and an attractive solution, making your yard a healthier environment overall.

Kent Phillips has been a Master Gardener and Beekeeper since 2010 and specializes in vegetable gardening.  He’s been vegetable gardening for 45 years, gardening mostly organically in both containers and raised bed gardens.  He also practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM) by using row cover to preclude some pests or organic pesticides when necessary.  In his introduction, he’ll be talking about the importance of soil tests, types of containers and media to use in containers, planning for succession crops and of course IPM. He will probably bring a lettuce box and a couple of 5 gallon buckets to demonstrate self watering containers.