Washington Gardener

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Special Events

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange 2009


The Fourth Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange, hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine, took place on January 31, 2009 at the Brookside Gardens visitor center in Wheaton, MD. Seed Exchange attendees traded seeds, exchanged planting tips, heard expert speakers, and collected goody bags full of gardening treats.


The event also included such “green” features as the garden book and catalog swap. Participants were encouraged to bring their gently used garden books and mailorder garden catalogs to trade with each other. Any leftover publications at the end of the swap were donated to the National Agriculture Library in Beltsville, MD.


The first annual Washington Seed Exchange was held on January 26, 2006. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on the last Saturday in January.


The Fifth Annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange, hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine, will be on January 30, 2010 at the Brookside Gardens visitor center in Wheaton, MD


Subscribers to Washington Gardener Magazine receive a $5 discount off the $15 admission to the Washington Gardener Seed Exchange. The event is limited to 125 attendees and usually sells out. Attendees are encouraged to send in their registrations in advance. Registration for the next event will be sent out and posted here in December 2009.


A big THANK YOU to all our of event sponsors!


• America the Beautiful Fund

• Black & Decker

• Brookside Gardens

• Capital Home & Garden Show

• CobraHead LLC

• Designs for Living/Ursula Sukinik

• Edible Landscaping

• Green Spring Gardens

• Homestead Gardens

• Johnny’s Selected Seeds

• The Nature Conservancy MD/DC Chapter

• Park Seed

• Pogo Organics

• Potomac Conservancy

• Premier Ponds

• Proven Winners

• Seawright Water, Seawright Holdings LLC

• Thompson & Morgan

• Urban Solar Solutions

• Washington Gardener Magazine

• Wild Bird Center, Wheaton, MD

• WinterSown.org, USDA AgNIC partner






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Urban Gardening Talk Series 2009


Presented by the Historical Society of Washington (HSW), DC Urban Gardeners, and Washington Gardener Magazine.


The monthly talk timing is 1-2:30 except where noted with a *.

The talks all take place at the
HSW auditorium, 801 K Street NW, Washington, DC.


They are FREE and open to the general public.


January ~ none


February 21*

Rooting DC Urban Gardening Forum



March 28

Urban Tree Care and Tree Giveaway Program by Jim Woodworth, Casey Trees


April 18

The Best Vegetables to Grow in DC by Cindy Brown, Green Spring Gardens


May 30*

Landscaping with Natives by Cheval Force Opp, Garden Tours



June 27

Growing the Perfect Tomato by Elizabeth Olson, Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist


July 11

Rain Barrels and Water Management by Barry Chenkin, Aquabarrels


August 22

Canning Your Harvest Bounty by Liz Falk, 7th Street Gardens


September 19*

Raising Winter Greens by Brett Grohsgal, Even Star Organic Farm CSA  (*2:30-4)


October 3

Building a School Garden by Grace Manubay, DC Schoolyard Greening


November 7 (Note change in date from earlier announcement!)

Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter by Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine


December – none