Member Ideas

Maryland Bay-wise Program strives to achieve better water quality through smarter gardening practices.  The program is a homeowner education program conducted by Maryland Master Gardeners.   If you are interested in getting your landscape certified as Bay-wise you can start with looking at the Yardstick here. To reques a yard visit, please contact our Bay-wise Chairs: Denise Moroney or Mary Ellen Romney.

Musk OkraLindaWestern
has been very generous in sharing what she calls her “mystery” plant, which she collected from seed pods several years ago.  Smithsonian gardens to the rescue!  The plant is identified. It is Abelmoschus moschatus and you can find out a lot more about it by following the link. Its common name is  “musk okra” and is considered to be a native plant, hence it is planted in the U.S. Botanic Garden‘s Native Plant garden.  

How to Put Your Garden to Bed for the Winter.  This is based on the presentation given by Kathy Jentz at the September 19, 2013 Club meeting.

Renee Shepherd of Renee’s seeds has a newsletter and blog that are full of useful advice and tips on gardening and especially vegetable gardening.

Shahla Butler has received many inquiries regarding her favorite nurseries.  Below are a few and a link to their websites.  Enjoy!
Plant Delights Nursery
Camelia Forest Nursery
Rare Finds Nursery
Edible Landscaping
Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs

Worried about Rose Rosette? Get information here.

Want to know more about what is hurting Native Bees?  More information is available here. And monarch butterflies and milkweed?  Check out these articles milkweed-monarch-concerns.

Have you heard about Compost Growing?  Loads of information available at this site.
To know more about the best food for butterflies, check out this document.

Vegetable and fruit planning advice and tips are covered extensively at GrowVeg.

Local flower Growers will provide you with the best choices all season long.

Battling Mice and Voles  gives nice tips about how to deal with these nuisances.

Battling Aphids?  Read this article for helpful hints about prevention and treatment.

Fundraising Ideas
Order Houses and Nesting materials to have available at next plant sale.  Request the discount order form at  Our Club will receive 30% discount for nesting materials, houses and accessories.  We can set the sale price for the desired profit margin.  Crown Bees will take back unsold materials with a 10% restocking fee.

A list of Invasive plants you want to avoid is maintained by the Nature Conservancy, the University of Maryland extension  service, the Invasive Plant Atlas of US, and the Invasive Species Concern of Maryland.

How to Identify Poison Ivy.  This is a comprehensive look at poison ivy in its various stages of growth and seasons.