Farm & Garden
Computers are an important tool for farm business management. The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a series of computer classes focused on farm use on December 14, 2012. Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks. Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. Class sizes are limited so please register email@example.com or 410-822-1244. The cost of each class is $15.00.
If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time. This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.
Excel Spreadsheets for Farm Businesses – December 14, 9am - noon
Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26
Spreadsheets are a great tool for farm businesses. They help with recordkeeping, budgeting and organizing data. This workshop will provide hands on applications of Microsoft Excel 2007. Topics will include navigating the software, setting up a spreadsheet and inserting formulas and calculations. Participants will practice with laptops and spreadsheet templates.
The villains of Dangerous Beauty are some of the familiar plants that make the Eastern Shore so beautiful in spring. In this show of watercolors and drawings of invasive plants, now on view at Adkins Arboretum, you will see the pretty white blossoms of Bradford pear trees, elegant purple wisteria blossoms that so often grace porch trellises, and the orange daylilies that brighten our roadsides. But as botanical artists Lee D’Zmura and Tina Brown will tell you, there’s something wrong here.
On view through July 27, with a reception on Sat., June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m., this show was six years in the making. Creating botanical art is a slow business, as the character of each plant must be faithfully reproduced, and these two artists have a message to get across.
Invasives are plants that spread aggressively outside of their natural ranges. When they colonize a new area, there are often no natural controls, such as insects, diseases or foraging animals, to keep them in check, and they may choke out native plants and destroy the food sources of native animals.
The arching prickly red stems of wineberry shown in one of Brown’s mixed media paintings have become a familiar sight in our local fields, and English ivy, illustrated in a watercolor by D’Zmura, smothers trees in many neighborhoods. Both were originally brought to North America as garden plants.
Brown explained, “Sometimes people plant them. Sometimes they come by accident.”
An example of a species that arrived by accident is the one animal in the show, the brown marmorated stink bug. In a small drawing showing the exquisitely intricate patterning on the stink bug’s shell, D’Zmura portrays the annoying insect that has quickly become all too familiar to most of us since it arrived from Asia in 1998 hidden in some packing materials.
First Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.
Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by an Arboretum docent naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through majestic beech trees, traverse the native meadows, and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside path. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. 410.634.2847, ext. 0 for more information.
Second Saturday Guided Walk
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m.
Come on a unique journey toward understanding native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home garden. Horticulturalist Eric Wittman will lead a walk about gardening with ornamental native plants. Join this walk to learn about native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home gardening experience. Free for members, free with admission for the general public. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.
FRIDAY, MAY 11 is National Public Gardens Day. Admission is free!
Fun Day for All! Dog Walk benefits Talbot Humane!
Saturday April 28th The Fun Begins at 8AM!
Join the fun of Oxford Day Saturday, April 28 for a Dog Walk and Show to benefit the animals of Talbot Humane. Talbot Humane provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals in its care; places adoptable companion animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and reduces the unwanted companion animal population through spay/neuter services. More information at Talbot Humane!
University of Maryland Extension is offering an educational, fun-filled workshop for small flock poultry owners. Raising a home poultry flock can be a very rewarding small business or hobby the entire family can enjoy. But a healthy productive flock depends on good management practices and disease prevention.
Attend the Small Flock Poultry Party and have your poultry questions answered by poultry experts and specialists. Topics will include poultry diseases, flock nutrition, farm management, chicken breeds, egg candling and more!
Two Adkins Arboretum staff members participated recently in training at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum to support Adkins Arboretum’s partnership with the Sentinel Plant Network (SPN).
A collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association and the National Plant Diagnostic Network, SPN contributes to plant conservation by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens. The network is committed to identifying outbreaks of exotic plant pests so that strategies can be employed for their control, with the goal of avoiding devastations such as the loss of the American chestnut in the 1930s and the more recent Emerald Ash borer that is disseminated in native green ash populations.
A new year and new markets? This breakfast meeting will include speakers on various topics in grain marketing. Come have breakfast and discuss this year’s strategies for marketing your grain. Speakers include marketing specialists, grain elevators, traders and more. Topics include trading technology, tax considerations, crop insurance, speculators and a marketing outlook for 2012. The course is going to be held at Chesapeake College in the Higher Education Center HES-110. This program is open to all. Please register by February 14th contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-822-1244
Cost: $20 per person and includes breakfast and materials
Date: Friday, February 17th 7:30am – 11:30am