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Check out our latest newsletter and 2018 Calendar of events!

The Takoma Horticultural Club Open Garden Series

Arleen & Ian Seed’s Open Garden
Friday, June 22, 12 - 2 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
816 Burnt Mills Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Topography is key in Arleen’s garden, which is on the very edge of the Piedmont – just steps away from the mini-falls on Colesville Road. This hilly 1.5 acre garden has a variety of microclimates comprising an enclosed vegetable garden, two orchards, a rockery, a working compost operation, and a great lawn flanked by mixed borders. Over 100 tropical plants overwinter in her greenhouse and are ‘planted’ out in spring where they happily enjoy there summer holidays nestled amongst natives and other plantings. Most of the plants in the garden are started in the greenhouse, which gets quite crowded around March each year.

When Arleen and Ian moved into this property 20 years ago, the garden was at its peak in spring, where blooming trees and bulbs showed off their colors. Arleen has supplemented these with summer and fall blooming species to provide year-round interest and provide continuous food for wildlife. To round out your garden visit, you are invited to visit Arleen’s art studio.

*SPECIAL EARLY HOURS: As a Master Gardener, Arleen will also open her garden from 12:00 to 2:00, as well as 5:30 to 7:30. Everyone is welcome either time!

Parking: Parking is not prohibited along narrow Burnt Mills Avenue. It is suggested that you park along Hoyle Avenue and walk up the steep driveway (there is room for about 5 cars at the top of the driveway – so if you need disabled parking, please come right up). Alternatively, there is a large car-park for a church on the corner of Burnt Mills Avenue and Lockwood Drive, and this can accommodate a whole group. Carpooling is always recommended.

Questionable weather: If weather is questionable, check the Hort List or call 301-593-9812 / 202-413-7604.

Name Tags: Help the club save money – bring your name tag.

All of THC’s Open Gardens are free and open to the public.

June Open Garden Schedule
All Open Gardens are Friday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm

  • June 1: Steve Branch & Wade Kness
  • June 8: Rani Parker & Louise Howells
  • June 15: Deidre Rye
  • June 22: Arleen Seed
  • June 29: Carole Galati

    NOTE: Details will be posted on Hort List or email Carole at cagalati@rcn.com

    The Takoma Horticultural Club Presents

    Successful and Sustainable Gardening in a Changing Climate
    Dr. Janet Young, Master Gardener
    Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30-9:00 pm
    Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

    Climate change is our new reality. Increasing temperatures have led to longer, warmer winters and hotter summers. Spring now comes earlier, impacting plants and the species with which they interact. Warmer winters have increased the overwintering survival of many herbivores, weeds and diseases and have also led to range expansion in key insect pests. Night temperatures are increasing faster than daytime ones, affecting chill hours and many aspects of plant growth. These diverse effects of climate change have significant impacts on gardens and home landscapes. Learning some strategies for adapting to climate change and adopting climate-friendly gardening strategies will both improve gardening success and act to reduce future climate change.

    Please bring a snack to share, wear a recycled name tag and ask a friend to join you. This event is free and open to the public.

    You are welcome to join or renew your membership by bringing a $12 check. Membership forms can be found on our website: www.takomahort.org/membership

    Let's Flamingle!
    at the Takoma Park 4th of July Parade
    RSVP needed by June 20

    Takoma Hort Club members, family, and friends are invited to march as part of the club's unit in the Takoma Park Independence Day Parade. We’ll march as a big, pink flock of Yard Flamingos, spreading the word about our club and the love of gardening in a light-hearted, fun way. THC Parade Unit Participants are invited to a potluck at Barbara Karpas’ lovely home and garden immediately after the parade finishes. Please bring a dish to share (or drop it off pre-parade).

    RSVP to Kathy Jentz, Laserblast@aol.com by June 20 so we can purchase the right number of costumes and props.

    The Takoma Horticultural Club (THC) welcomes gardeners from Takoma Park and surrounding areas, including DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and beyond. Our members love gardening, have very diverse interests and gardening experience, and enjoy many activities throughout the year. Our THC Calendar of Events includes lectures, two plant exchanges, two potluck dinners, an Open Garden series, workshops, lectures, special garden-related trips. Although many of our events are open to the public, more than half are for members only. And for $12, you can’t go wrong! Join us and increase your gardening pleasure!

    The THC email list is open to all and is used to exchange information about gardening. You do not have to belong to the club to join in our email conversation! To join, simply follow the instructions.

    For questions about the functioning of the website, please contact our webmaster at: webmaster@takomahort.org