Category Archives: Recreation

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with Free Admission to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD
May 1, 2013)

Adkins Arboretum will celebrate the American Public Gardens Association’s (APGA) fifth annual National Public Gardens Day by waiving admission fees on Fri., May 10.

Slated to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend, the unofficial start of spring, National Public Gardens Day affords public gardens an opportunity to showcase their gardens and highlight the valuable contributions they make to their communities.

On National Public Gardens Day, Arboretum visitors can shop from the region’s largest selection of ornamental native plants at the Native Plant Nursery; view an exhibition by artists Katherine Kavanaugh and Jennifer Wallace; take a self-guided tour or an audio tour; explore the forest, wetland, meadows and gardens; and learn about the link between native plants, land conservation and a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Visitors who become members will receive a free one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, in addition to a host of other benefits.

Arboretum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Nursery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and weekends by appointment.

Founded in 1940, Delaware-based APGA is devoted to strengthening public gardens throughout North America. Its membership includes more than 500 public gardens in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and seven other countries.

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Adkins Arboretum announces spring nature programs for preschoolers

Adkins Arboretum
March 1, 2013
RIDGELY, MD

Bunnies, flowers, gardens and nests! Join Adkins Arboretum’s spring preschool program, and engage your young child with nature. Led by Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton, this popular series of six classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered on Tuesday mornings beginning April 9.

Registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $50 for members, $65 for the general public for all six classes in the series. A $10 discount is offered for siblings. Classes run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a healthy snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Bunny Hop—April 9
Spring is here, and so are the rabbits! Have a thumpin’ good time exploring the world of the bouncy cottontail. We’ll dance the Bunny Hop, munch on rabbit snacks, and watch a puppet show featuring Hoppity Rabbit.

Garden Days—April 16
Learn how seeds grow, and lend a helping hand in the Funshine Garden. We’ll plant vegetables and flowers in the garden beds, enjoy a picnic snack, and decorate flower pots to take home

April Showers—April 23
We all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” but what brings April showers? Learn how rain forms, then join in a rainy day symphony! We’ll also conduct rainy bag and cloud bottle experiments.

Lovely Ladyslippers—April 30
Search for ladyslipper flowers in the woods after a lesson on these lovely native orchids. We’ll make a bouquet of paper flowers, twirl around a maypole tree, and share flower cookies.

Which Nest is Best?—May 7
Now that spring is here, many birds are busy building nests for their babies. Take a peek inside the Arboretum’s bluebird houses, hold a nest in your hands, and learn about the different ways birds build their homes. We’ll sample a bird’s nest snack and make a nest craft to take home.

Wetland Magic—May 14
The wetland comes alive in spring! Use nets and buckets to discover some of the creatures that call the wetland home, from wiggly tadpole to shy painted turtle. We’ll also mix up a batch of froggy goo and read delightfully swampy stories.

Adkins Arboretum Hosts Eighth Annual Race to Celebrate Arbor Day

Adkins Arboretum
February 25, 2013
RIDGELY, MD

Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy emerging signs of spring when Adkins Arboretum hosts its eighth annual Arbor Day Run Sat., April 6.

The event features a 5K Run, a One-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk and a 100-yard dash for kids. Participants will catch glimpses of spring as they run the cross-country trail plotted along the Arboretum’s network of scenic forest and meadow paths. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the Kids’ Dash at 8:45 a.m. The 5K Run and Family Fun Run/Walk commence at 9 a.m.

“Green” prizes will be awarded and refreshments provided. 5K participants will receive sweetbay magnolia saplings in honor of Arbor Day. For fee information and to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. To sponsor the Arbor Day Run, contact Kate Rattie at 410-634-2847, ext. 33 or krattie@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Soup ’n Walk Programs

Adkins Arboretum
February 11, 2013
RIDGELY, MD

Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and fleeting ephemeral flowers on a guided walk through the Arboretum woodland, meadows and wetland. Following the walk, enjoy a delicious and hearty lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Seeking Snow and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 23, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Search out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun, and possibly snow-covered plants, on this wintry walk. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu (gluten free): Caldo verde with kale, roasted winter vegetables with fresh herbs, quinoa, green bean, and tomato salad, and almond cake with lemon frosting.

Buds and Early Blooms
Sat., March 23, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Many trees and shrubs are sporting new spring buds, fiddleheads are emerging on Christmas fern, and early pink and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Register for a one-hour or two-hour walk to check out skunk cabbage, spring beauty, and bloodroot blooms and the soft buds of paw paw, hickory and tulip tree. Menu: Beet and cabbage soup, black-eyed pea salad, dill rye bread with strawberry jam, and raspberry rhubarb cobbler.

Fleeting Ephemerals
Sat., April 27, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Appearing in early spring, ephemerals flower, fruit and die back in a short period of time. Join a one-hour or two-hour walk to catch glimpses of pink spring beauty, Mayapple and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blooms, and white beech tree blossoms. Menu: Chicken rice vegetable soup, cabbage and carrot slaw with nuts, ancient grain bread with buckwheat honey, and baked pineapple.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for the general public. Register at www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Picture: Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points to a spot of green in the winter landscape during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum. The Arboretum’s winter Soup ’n Walk series begins Sat. Feb. 23.

Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points to a spot of green in the winter landscape during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum. The Arboretum’s winter Soup ’n Walk series begins Sat. Feb. 23.

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Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Winter Fun for Families at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
January 2013
Ridgely, MD

Winter Fun for Families at Adkins Arboretum
Sunday, January 20th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely

Have a case of cabin fever? Bundle up the family for an afternoon of winter wonder at Adkins Arboretum. Join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton for a winter wildlife hike, an exciting critter experiment along the Blockston Branch, and a recycled bird feeder craft to take home. Warm clothes are a must, and hot chocolate will be provided. Fee: $8 per person or $25 per family for members, $10 per person or $30 per family for the general public. Contact: 410.634.2847, ext. 0 or www.adkinsarboretum.org

Adkins Arboretum Offers Winter/Spring Education Programs for Adults

Adkins Arboretum
January 3, 2013
RIDGELY, MD

This season, Adkins Arboretum is offering a full slate of programs for adults, including landscape design, stewardship, art, and weather patterns and climate change. Programs include:

Nature as Muse
Wednesdays, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Each month this writing group will follow a different winding path through the Arboretum to quietly observe nature in detail. This will provide inspiration for expressing ideas that begin as seeds in our minds and then blossom into discovery as we write. No previous writing experience necessary. Enjoy how the paths in the Arboretum and the paths in your mind can lead you on an unpredictable but delightful journey. Bring a sack lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor forest adventure. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

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Homegrown Series with Elizabeth Beggins
Fridays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $15 per program, $35 for all three for members; $20 per program, $45 for all three for the general public.
Elizabeth Beggins is a writer and educator with over a decade of experience as a market gardener on the Eastern Shore. She believes that health depends on a keen understanding of what we eat and that our choices as consumers are vital to sustaining ourselves and our planet. She also is director of The You Food Project, a grassroots initiative designed to connect youth to food and the environment through school gardens. In this three-part series, she will teach participants the basics of producing food—from poultry to vegetables to gardening with kids.

Backyard Chickens
Jan. 11
Admit it. You’ve considered getting a few backyard birds for months, but up to now, you’ve chickened out. Poultry keeping is both easier and more rewarding than you might imagine. Join Elizabeth for a program on the merits and methods of owning a small flock of chickens. With the proper preparations, you’ll soon find yourself more attracted to keeping chickens than you ever dreamed possible.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Feb. 8
Little is more satisfying than growing your own food. Except eating it! Best for novice gardeners, this class will teach the basics behind raising your own produce. Elizabeth Beggins will discuss what to plant, when to plant it, and where to get it; equipment needs; soil building techniques; and recipes for garden success. Make this the season for your vegetable garden dream to finally come alive.


Growing with Kids

March 8
Children are innately curious, and few opportunities hold as many exciting possibilities for discovery as spending time in a garden. Adults, whether family or friends, serve as a gateway by creating time and space for the young to explore the abundance of life that can come from the earth. In this final session of the “Homegrown” series, Elizabeth Beggins will provide ideas for kid-friendly gardening projects that are sure to inspire growers of every age.
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Season’s Bounty Series with Elizabeth Beggins
Fridays, April 5, June 7, and Sept. 6, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $15 per program or $35 for all three for members; $20 per program or $45 for all three for the general public.

Spring Greens
April 5
As the cold of winter makes its reluctant exit and the palette of the landscape goes from dormant-brown to emergent-chartreuse, we often gravitate toward the fresh experience— being outside, renewing the garden, eating green foods. In this first program of a three-part series, Elizabeth Beggins will help you explore avenues for revitalizing yourself and your menu as she discusses growing and preparing such spring delicacies as zesty mustard, nutty arugula, and elegant pac-choy, in addition to favorites such as lettuce and spinach. Tasting samples and starter seed kits are sure to put some spring in your step.

Abundant Summer
June 7
Days lengthen, thermometers rise, and kitchens fill to overflowing with Mother Nature’s gifts. Now is the time to maximize the bounty of summer. Plan on succession plantings at home, and benefit from the burgeoning variety at farmers’ markets. In the second session of this tasty series, Elizabeth will guide you in how to prolong our home harvests and how to savor and store those available from local farmers. Enjoy the flavors of the season as you learn.

Fall Harvest
September 6
Just because we can stop worrying about what to do with yet another summer squash doesn’t mean the food season is over. Late summer is the time to plant a fall garden and the time you’ll find the widest variety of produce all year. Elizabeth will show you how a little preparation now can yield big returns as the weather turns cooler. Greens, garlic, and gorgeous local offerings available at markets and roadside stands are the focus of this final program in the series. As always, savory treats and tools to use at home are an added bonus.

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Winter Fun for Families
Sun., Jan 20, 1–3 p.m.
Fee: $8 per person or $25 per family for members, $10 per person or $30 per family for the general public
Have a bad case of cabin fever? Bundle up the family for an afternoon of winter wonder at Adkins Arboretum. Join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton for a winter wildlife hike, an exciting critter experiment along the Blockston Branch, and a recycled bird feeder craft to take home. Warm clothes are a must, and hot chocolate will be provided.

Beginning Drawing
Mondays, Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fee: $110 members, $140 general public
This five-session class taught by Lee D’Zmura will focus on drawing processes and skills. Emphasis will be placed equally on freehand drawing and technical skill to enhance accuracy and overall composition. A list of materials will be provided.

Wild Wild Weather
Fri., Feb. 15, noon–1 p.m.
Dan Satterfield, a forecast meteorologist for more than 32 years will speak about climate change and his work with Climate Central. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in meteorology (atmospheric physics) and has a master’s degree in earth science. In January 2010, he was a guest of the National Science Foundation on a tour of science underway in Antarctica. On January 11, 2010, Dan became one of fewer than 5,000 people to have ever stood at the South Pole. Seven months later, he spent two weeks on top of the Greenland ice sheet, where scientists were recovering an ice core that will provide climate change information reaching back 130,000 years! Forecasting the weather is Dan’s job, but sharing the wonders of the earth sciences with students is his passion. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Winter Tree ID: Learn Your Buds and Bark
Sun., Feb. 24, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Adkins Arboretum Science Advisor Mary Travaglini will also guide discovery of clues on the ground and assess the habitats we visit to help sleuth out trees in winter. Come away knowing your trees without their leaves!

Peatlands and Bog-like Habitats of the Delmarva Peninsula
Sat., March 2, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Bogs are wetland habitats with deep deposits of peat, or partially decomposed plant material. Because most bogs develop in areas of the world where glaciers formerly occurred, there are no true bogs on the Delmarva Peninsula. There are, however, wetland habitats on the Peninsula where peat is well formed and bog-like conditions develop, including habitats such as Atlantic white cedar swamps, acidic fens, and interdunal swales. These habitats often support carnivorous plants that are adapted to the unique environmental conditions that result from peat formation. Join Bill McAvoy to learn more about the ecology and flora of these fascinating habitats.

McAvoy is the botanist for the Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and has studied and published on both the vascular and nonvascular flora of the Delmarva Peninsula for over 20 years. Registration required.

Philadelphia Flower Show bus trip
Wed., March 6
Fee: $75 members, $95 general public includes transportation, tip, and admission
Register by Tuesday, February 26.
The British have a word for something that’s inventive, dazzling, and extraordinary. That word is “brilliant!” In 2013, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will glow with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain and will pay tribute to centuries of inspiring and influential culture, culminating in the urbane design of 21st-century London. Your admission ticket provides access to the Show’s finest features, including complimentary wine tastings, horticultural demonstrations, culinary presentations, and shopping in the Marketplace. The bus departs from Creamery Lane parking lot (near the fire station) in Easton at 8 a.m. and from Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely at 8:30 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride for Chestertown-area participants will be added upon request. The bus will depart for home at 6 p.m.

Composting
Sat., March 9, 10–11:30 a.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Join Dr. Francis R. Gouin, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and composting expert, to learn about the science in composting, how to start a compost pile and manage it from start to finish, and the benefits of using compost in gardening. Enough Said, a compilation of 125 essays that Dr. Gouin wrote for the Annapolis Horticulture Society newsletter over a twelve-year period, will be available for purchase at this program. This collection of articles on composting, pruning, soil testing, planting, eliminating pesky weeds (like bamboo and kudzu), and much, much more is a user-friendly reference that many gardeners consider an indispensable guide to “best practices” in the garden.

iNaturalist
Sun., March 10, noon–2:30 p.m.
Ever taken an interesting photo of a plant or animal, and wanted to share what you’ve seen and where you’ve seen it? Liberate that photo from your hard drive, and share it with an online army of naturalists and scientists. Matt Muir will show how social media, photo sharing, and nature are linking local and global expertise for use in education and science. In an ever-growing world of nature-sharing websites, Matt will focus on iNaturalist.org, a free and open-source community that connects your observations to species range maps, state and county lists, and other external information sources. Learn how iNaturalist can be used to keep lists of all your species records, to establish projects where others can complement your efforts, to seek identification help, and to create field guides for your backyard, your favorite nature area, or any location that you choose. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Geological Formations and Weather Patterns
Fri., March 15, noon–1 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Environmental issues such as climate change and sea level rise are both at the forefront of public interest. Archaeology, as a discipline, is generally not viewed as a way to understand these topics, but according to Darrin Lowery, Ph.D., the best way to understand the impact of climate is to look at the past. By integrating both geology and archaeology, we can more thoroughly understand important environmental issues associated with the Chesapeake Bay region. Join Dr. Lowery to explore various aspects supporting a detailed understanding of Delmarva’s ever-changing landscape.

Raised on Tilghman Island, Dr. Lowery comes from a long line of boat builders, farmers, and watermen. His interest in archaeology and geology began at the age of seven while combing the eroding shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay with his father. His interest is in how geological formations reveal weather patterns and how these weather patterns affect human development.

Landscape Design Workshop
Sat., March 16, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 members, $110 general public
This workshop will address the typical challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region. Three experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead this all-day intensive design session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas, and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride.

Topics include analyzing the challenges and opportunities of your property; developing a plan for circulation and unique features; designing “rooms” for outdoor living; choosing materials for patios and walks; incorporating sustainable practices; and selecting ornamental plants. The day will be organized around presentations followed by breakout sessions for you to work one-on-one with designers. The designers will offer practical advice on to get started, what to do with wet areas, how to lay out a path, how to screen an undesirable view, and plants recommended for specific conditions. Step by step, you will develop your own landscape design.

Workshop leaders are Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; landscape architect Barbara McClinton, formerly of the Baltimore landscape architecture and land planning firm Daft, McCune, Walker; and landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program.

Bring lunch. A continental breakfast and break refreshments will be provided. Also bring a property plat, photos, and other documentation of your property. Worksheets and handouts on native plants will be provided.

Herpetology Walk: Reptiles and Amphibians
Sat., March 16, 10–11:30 p.m.
Join Scott Smith to learn about the frogs, turtles, snakes, and salamanders that inhabit the Arboretum wetlands and forest. Scott Smith is the Maryland DNR-Natural Heritage Program Wildlife Diversity Ecologist and Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project coordinator for Talbot and Caroline counties. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Introduction to Nature Journaling
Wed., March 20, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
This workshop with Lee D’Zmura presents the popular pastime of nature or travel journaling. Participants will learn techniques to quickly and spiritedly record plants, animals, experiences, and places as they happen. Emphasis will be placed on initial sketches, text, and color rendering. Bring a sack lunch; a list of materials will be provided.

Sticks and Stones: A Garden’s Bones
Fri., March 22, 1–2 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
The first time he saw a rustic fence made of eastern red cedar, Pierre Moitrier immediately fell under the spell. He was compelled to start building with this wonderful material. Along the way, he found a true outlet for his creativity. Drawing inspiration from nature, his travels, and the charm of the old villages in France, he started creating one of-a-kind structures for the garden. In this talk, Pierre will take you from harvest to construction and show you how to transform a mere pile of cedar twigs into benches, fences, arbors, and gazebos that showcase intricate patterns. While presenting beautiful slides of his work, he will share valuable insights on construction techniques. Walk out inspired and ready to build your own rustic cedar structure!

Moitrier is a professional gardener at Designs for Greener Gardens, an Annapolis-based fine gardening company he owns and operates with his wife, Nancy. After leaving his native France twelve years ago with a degree in sustainable rural land use, Pierre landed in the garden universe. He quickly developed a strong interest in gardening and a true passion for hardscapes for the garden, including rustic stonework, magical garden follies, and creative woodwork using native Juniperus virginiana in its rough form. His work has been featured in Adrian Higgins’ column, on HGTV and in American Nurseryman, among others.

Full Moon Walk
Wed., March 27, 6–8 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Take a guided tour of the Arboretum under a full moon. We’ll discover the night sights and sounds of the meadow and forest, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and spring in the woodland. Along the way, with guidance from Science Advisor Mary Travaglini, we might identify some buds by flashlight, check what the goats do under a full moon, and even see what smells the plants might give us. At the end of our walk, a little fire will be going, and we will have warm drinks and marshmallows to toast!

Designing for Waterfront Landscapes
Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.–noon
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
Waterfront properties present homeowners with a slew of both daunting challenges and precious opportunities. Join landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program, for a look at plants that are good for waterfront landscape conditions and to review some of the special rules and regulations that may apply in your county. You may bring your plat diagram, some photos, and a bag lunch to enjoy with the group afterward—Chris will stay until 1 p.m. to answer questions about your specific property. When registering, please specify the county in which your property is located. This class is an excellent follow-up to the Landscape Design Workshop offered on March 16.

Second Saturday Nursery Walk
Sat., April 13, 1–3 p.m.
Join horticulturalist Eric Wittman for a walk that explores the tremendous diversity of plant material at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery. Eric will select dozens of trees, shrubs, and perennials to aid visitors on their journey toward incorporating more native plants into their landscapes. Learn more about all the plants your native Arboretum has to offer. This program is free for members, free with admission for the general public.

Close-up Photography
Sat., April 20, 8 a.m.–noon
Fee: $45 members, $60 general public
Spring at the Arboretum is the ideal time to photograph close-up images of colors, textures, and patterns and turn ordinary images into powerful abstracts. Instructor Joshua Taylor Jr. will help participants learn how to capture striking images with basic photo equipment. The use of extension tubes, close-up filters, diffusers, and reflectors will be demonstrated during the shooting session with the instructor.

Participants will receive online pre-workshop instruction and an illustrated handout. ­ The workshop also includes a morning photo shoot with the instructor and a classroom session on image enhancement techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to e-mail the instructor two JPEG images from the workshop for a written critique. Bring ALL photo equipment, including a digital memory card, extra batteries, and camera manual. A tripod is optional, but highly recommended. Please be reminded that point-and-shoot cameras have limited options, but they are welcome and can work quite well for close-ups.

Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as for public gardens, preserves, and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks at camera and garden clubs.

Spring Ephemerals
Sun., April 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
First thing in spring, a dazzling diversity of flowers emerges, but many of us hardly blink before they are gone. Join Arboretum Science Advisor Mary Travaglini on a walk to find these early spring flowers, the harbingers of spring!

Mary holds a bachelor’s of science from Cornell University and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan. Active as an outdoor educator, landscape architect, and ecologist, Mary has worked extensively on federal lands and within the private sector as a trail crew leader and landscape designer, and has worked most recently for The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Nature Journaling with Spring Ephemerals
Wed., April 21, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 members, $45 general public
Join Lee D’Zmura to focus on the many spring ephemerals in bloom at the Arboretum. Following a brief discussion about these early blooming flowers and techniques to capture their beauty, the class will sketch outdoors and return to compose journal entries. Bring a sack lunch; a list of materials will be provided.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Landscape Design Workshop

RIDGELY, MD
OCTOBER 8, 2012

Learn to address the typical landscape challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region when Adkins Arboretum offers a landscape design workshop on Sat., Oct. 13. Three experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead participants through an all-day intensive design session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and price.

Topics include analyzing the challenges and opportunities of your property; developing a plan for circulation and unique features; designing “rooms” for outdoor living; choosing materials for patios and walks; incorporating sustainable practices; and selecting ornamental plants. The day will be organized around presentations followed by breakout sessions for participants to work one-on-one with designers. The instructions will offer practice advice on getting started, laying out a path, addressing wet areas, screening an undesirable view, and plants for specific conditions. Step by step, participants will develop their own landscape designs.

Workshop leaders are Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; landscape architect Barbara McClinton, formerly of the Baltimore landscape architecture and land planning form Daft, McCune, Walker; and landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants should bring lunch, a property plat, photos and other documentation of their property. Worksheets and handouts, as well as break refreshments and a continental breakfast, will be provided. The program is $85 for members, $110 for the general public. For more information or to register, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Canada Goose Hunting Dates Established for Tuckahoe State Park Complex

Annapolis, Md.
September 7, 2012

With the recent approval of the late Maryland waterfowl seasons and bag limits, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) finalized the dates for hunting migratory Canada geese for the facilities of the Tuckahoe State Park Complex. This area includes Tuckahoe State Park, Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA) and Wye Island NRMA. All migratory goose hunting will be by permit only, which can only be obtained through the lottery drawing.

Tuckahoe State Park/Sassafras NRMA: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, from November 17-22, 2012 and from December 11, 2012 – January 29, 2013 (excluding January 5 at Sassafras NRMA due to overlap with late deer firearms season

Hunters may obtain an application online at dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/eastern/tuckahoe.asp or by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tuckahoe State Park (address below). Only one application per hunter is permitted.

Completed applications should be mailed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Tuckahoe State Park, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657.

Wye Island NRMA: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, from December 11, 2012 – January 29, 2013.

Hunters may obtain an application online dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp or by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA (address below). Only one application per hunter is permitted.

Completed applications should be mailed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown, MD 21658.

Applications for all areas must be received by 4:30 p.m. on October 19, 2012. Permits will be selected by random drawing on October 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. Permit recipients will be notified of their hunting date and pit/blind location by mail; results of the drawing will not be given out over the telephone.

Hunters at each of the three facilities must hunt from their assigned pit/blind only. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. at Wye Island and Sassafras NRMAs, and from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset at Tuckahoe.

Canada geese, snow geese and other waterfowl harvested will be considered part of the daily and season bag limit. Hunters should consult the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping 2012-2013 for details. Hunting parties are limited to four people. All members of the party must possess a valid hunting license as well as a Managed Hunt Permit.

Driving and parking is permitted in designated areas only, which will be posted. Hunting permits must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. Visitors must keep vehicles on designated roadways. Handcarts and sleds are permissible to haul gear to pit/blind.

More information about goose hunting in Tuckahoe and/or Sassafras is available by calling 410-820-1668, and Wye Island NRMA at 410-827-7577 during regular business hours.

Maryland State Police’s Message Regarding New State Law for Motor Scooter and Moped Riders

Maryland State Police Press Release
08/22/2012 08:10
PIKESVILLE, MD

Maryland State Police and local law enforcement are reminding the owners and riders of motor scooters and mopeds that a new law taking effect in less than two months will make significant changes in the use of their chosen form of transportation.

On October 1, 2012, new Maryland vehicle laws will take effect that require all motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers must wear a helmet and eye protection. These new requirements are in addition to the existing law that requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operator’s permit.

All drivers and passengers of motor scooters and mopeds will be required to wear motorcycle helmets that meet safety standards set by the United States Department of Transportation. Drivers and passengers must also wear eye protection, unless the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen.

Motor scooter and moped owners will be required to insure their vehicles. They must obtain at least the minimum vehicle liability insurance and must carry proof of the insurance with them whenever they are operating the scooter or moped.

Motor scooters and mopeds will be required to be titled by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Owners will be able to obtain titling information through the MVA website at www.mva.maryland.gov beginning October 1st. When the title is obtained, the vehicle owner will be provided with a decal that must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.

Maryland law defines a motor scooter as a non-pedal vehicle that has a seat for the operator; has two wheels, of which one is ten or more inches in diameter; has a step through chassis; has a motor with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less, or a 50 cc engine or less; and is equipped with an automatic transmission.

A moped is defined as a bicycle that is designed to be operated by human power with the assistance of a motor; is equipped with pedals that can drive the rear wheel(s); has two or three wheels, one of which is more than 14 inches in diameter; has a motor with a rating of 1.5 brake horsepower or less and a 50 cc engine or less.

The drivers of motor scooters and mopeds are required to follow the same rules of the road as bicycles. Those rules include:

-Drivers must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practical and safe as possible, except when:
–Making a left turn;
–Operating on a one-way street;
–Passing a stopped or slower moving vehicle;
–Avoiding pedestrians and road hazards;
–The right lane is a right turn only lane;
–Operating in a lane too narrow for a bicycle or motor scooter and another vehicle to travel safely side by side.

-Drivers may ride side by side only if flow of traffic is unimpeded;
-Drivers must exercise due care when passing;
-Headsets covering both ears, or earplugs in both ears, are not permitted;
-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated on roadways with speed limits greater than 50 mph;
-Scooters or mopeds may not be operated at more than 30 mph;
-Drivers may not operate on a roadway where there is a smooth paved bike lane or paved shoulder available, meaning they must use the bike lane or paved shoulder instead of the roadway;
-Drivers must obey the rules of the road applicable to all vehicles.

Troopers and local law enforcement across Maryland have received training regarding the new laws. Scooter and moped drivers who violate the new law can expect to be stopped and issued traffic citations or warnings, beginning October 1.

September Teal Season Dates Announced

Annapolis, Md.
August 20, 2012

The State’s September teal hunting season will run from September 17 through 29. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has established a four teal daily bag limit (blue-winged, green-winged or combined) with hunting open in select counties and areas.

“The teal season provides a unique opportunity for hunters to pursue this early migrating game bird as they pass through the State before the regular duck season opens,” said DNR Waterfowl Project Leader Larry Hindman.

The special teal season will be held only in the following areas: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties; and part of Anne Arundel (east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97 and Route 3), Prince George’s (east of Route 3 and Route 301) and Charles (east of Route 301 to the Virginia line) counties.

September teal seasons are offered to states that derive more than 80 percent of their annual teal harvest from the prairie pothole region of the north central U.S. and southern Canada. During the 2012 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey, about 9.2 million blue-winged teal were recorded; green-winged teal were at 3.5 million, 20 percent higher than last spring.

Only teal may be taken during this waterfowl season. Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset to avoid the period when other waterfowl, particularly wood ducks, are most active.

All migratory game bird hunters, including landowners who are license-exempt, are required to purchase the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp/HIP Permit. All waterfowl hunters ages 16 and over must possess the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp). Hunting licenses and stamps may be purchased online through https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal or by phone at 1-800-918-2870. These services complement the hundreds of retail vendors currently selling licenses, permits and stamps.

More information on the 2012 teal season is available at dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/tealchart.asp.