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Letter from the Director Table of Contents
1. How Did Our Gardens Grow? 2. Wings of Fancy: Success with Wings and Six Legs 3. Were You There? 4. Volunteer Update 5. Thank You, Donors! PROGRAM GUIDE 7. Special Events 8. Group Tours 9. Spring Lecture Series & Art Xhibits 10. Horticultural Talks & Workshops 13. Garden Photography & Writing Workshops 14. Cooking Demonstrations & Xcursions 15. Adult Programs by Date 16. Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration 18. Children’s Programs 21. Registration
The creativity and resourcefulness of the staff at Brookside Gardens has certainly been tested by a very challenging 2010. The fickle weather has thrown every extreme: with punishing snows and cold drying winds in February that required hours of snow removal to reopen the Gardens; a summer with a record-breaking number of days above 90 degrees that forced the closing of Wings of Fancy; the rapid, violent windstorm in July that felled dozens of trees; and an early morning thunderstorm in August that cast 3.3 inches of rain in less than half an hour, which scoured the creek and surrounding gardens with a flash flood six feet or more above its regular level. Clean up and restoration after each weather event has taken countless hours and is ongoing, as Gardens staff coordinates with other skilled trades in Montgomery Parks to repair the damage. In addition to replacing damaged plants, other restoration includes significant work by the arborist crews to remove and prune hazardous trees, fence replacement and repair, asphalt repair, and cleaning out clogged storm drains. All these reparations divert resources earmarked for daily operations from our already lean budget. As you may know, this fiscal year the budget for Montgomery Parks was cut by 15 percent. Next year looks to be similarly harsh. And despite this, staff continues to be optimistic about what we can accomplish and resourceful in ways to continue providing the high quality garden and programs our visitors expect. I am very grateful to the staff for their commitment and ingenious solutions, and to the volunteers and donors who support our operations through the gift of their time and money. Brookside Gardens is a special place, and it takes many special people to keep it that way. Best regards, Stephanie Oberle Director, Brookside Gardens Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. — Horace

Editor: Ellen S. Bennett, 301-962-1402 Cover Photo: Leslie McDermott General Information, 301-962-1400 Adult Education, 301-962-1470 Children’s Education, 301-962-1408 Library, 301-962-1476 School of Botanical Art & Illustration, 301-962-1470 or 1474 Volunteer Office, 301-962-1429 Gift Shop, 301-962-1448 or 1479 Facility Rental, 301-962-1404 McCrillis Gardens, 301-962-1455 Media Relations, 301-962-1427 Sponsorships/donations, 301-962-1402

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Horticultural Reference Library 10:00am–3:00pm Monday through Friday, except holidays 301-962-1476 Master Gardeners—Plant Clinic at Brookside Gardens Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm Sunday 1:00–4:00pm Open Year Round Wed. & Thurs. (May–October) 1:00–4:00pm

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Food Theme: How did our Gardens Grow?

food: what is it?; where does it come from?; what, in fact, do food-producing plants even look like (ever seen rice plants in bloom?). Our displays approached this universal topic from several directions. There was a large “Victory-type” vegetable garden that featured a succession of crops, companion plants that repel insect pests, and that was intentionally NOT planted in traditional rows but rather more artistically. There were beds devoted to plants producing sweeteners; that showcased grain crops like corn, sorghum, wheat and rice; that featured edible flowers; and some that were specifically designed to show that vegetable beds can be beautiful in their own right. We chose time-tested commercial varieties as well as newer ones geared toward smaller spaces and with more ornamental appeal. We wondered (nervously) what our efforts would look like by August. With the season at an end, we took some moments to reflect. September.


or the 2010 growing season Brookside Gardens focused on the theme of

chard tolerated the record heat surprisingly well.

Rice is beautiful.

Stevia leaves

are incredibly sweet when chewed.

Little animal damage occurred to our

“crops” except from chipmunks (and some wayward visitors). ✲ It was quite gratifying that all beds overall looked quite showy even past

Based on this season, we plan to continue the food theme in 2011 and 2012.

What did we learn that we can take forward?

✲ We showed a wide range of plants to which visitors
from many different cultures could relate. It was fascinating to the staff that the sight of some of these plants appeared to spark an emotional response and copious memories. There was a great deal of interest overall, as evidenced by the common exclamations, “I’ve never seen this grow” and “Is THAT where that comes from?”

✲ We were successful in showing that food displays
Which plants worked?
Red okra produced massive crops, with the shortest cultivar (‘Little Lucy’) being the best. were dramatic all season. cabbage was showy and insect-resistant. can be surprisingly beautiful and long-lasting, almost without the use of pesticides or unusual care. Visitors responded to these food crops equally as well as to our traditional floral displays of the past.

✲ ‘Ruby Perfection’ ✲ Cardoons

Notable eye-catchers: lush

hyacinth-beans (on a dramatic new arbor); rice in bloom, especially the red-leafed forms (Oryza sativa ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Nigrescens’); Swiss chard with its beautifully colored leaf stalks; and the enigmatic, menacingly beautiful spinybastard (naranjanilla).

✲ We were successful enough to be able to donate
significant amounts of produce to a local food bank.

✲ We’ll modify the composition of the beds based on
performance, appeal, and even the harvest rate.

Which did not?
The tall okras (‘Red Spray’) proved to be too spindly for an ornamental display.

✲ We’ll change our vegetable garden around a bit to
show types of backyard-sized gardens with plants from four broad geographic areas: Central America/Mexico, Southern Asia/India, Asia, and the Mediterranean (Italy and Greece). How do YOU think we did?

Since we chose not to spray

pesticides except in extreme cases, insect pests decimated the rapeseed crop as well as lima and scarlet runner beans, all eggplants, and Brussels sprouts.

What surprised us?
Bananas flowered!

Pineapples produced small but

—Phil Normandy Plant Collections Manager

exquisite fruits, even though they hated the excessive summer heat and our slow draining clay soils.

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Wings of Fancy: Success with Wings and Six Legs

grown and changed every year, with the goal of creating an exceptional, enjoyable and educational experience. Nearly 50,000 visitors come to the exhibit and more than 200 volunteers participate in its operation annually, so we must be doing things well enough to keep people coming back for more! In order to import butterflies across state lines, Brookside Gardens is required to secure a permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Non-local butterflies and caterpillars are considered to be potential pests, and the USDA regulates their movement and use. The permit states that no butterfly life stages may leave the exhibit, which means that our greenhouse must be “butterflyproofed” every spring. The permit also requires that a person be stationed at each of three exits during all hours of operation, to check for hitch hikers on anyone leaving the flight house, which is why a robust volunteer program is necessary and crucial to the exhibit’s success. Dr. Wayne Wheling is the USDA entomologist who oversees Wings of Fancy’s import permit. Dr. Wheling’s support of the exhibit has been a key element in its ongoing success. In its earliest years, he helped find solutions to the challenges of bringing a thirty year old greenhouse facility up to current standards of containment. Our containment director, Cheryl Beagle, and carpenters from the Parks Department’s Facilities Management Division have figured out how to complete the required structural modifications quickly and efficiently every spring when display change begins. The flight house is inspected by a representative from either the USDA or Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) before any butterflies may be released into it. Containment must be assured before the exhibit components and interpretive materials are installed. The interpretive panels are a cooperative creative effort between the Parks Department’s Exhibit Shop designers and Brookside Gardens staff. The exhibit’s most interesting components, the caterpillars and butterflies, must be flying or crawling in sufficient numbers on opening day. Several devoted butterfly and moth fanciers (lepidopterists) share caterpillars with us 2 Brookside Gardens Xperience  •  Spring–Summer 2011 —Kathy Stevens Conservatory Manager A willingness to change and try new things is at the heart of making Wings of Fancy fresh and interesting each year. We try to pay attention to what our visitors respond to, as well as listen to our volunteers’ observations and experiences. Our volunteers are passionate and curious about butterflies and are always bringing us questions and new information to incorporate into the exhibit. We continue to be fascinated by the complex life cycle and life story of butterflies, always finding compelling ways to share our passion with our volunteers and visitors. throughout the season, but especially before opening day, when we don’t have any caterpillars of our own. They have given us a number of different species, including native giant silk moth and Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly caterpillars. Our exhibit is greatly enriched as a result of their generous support. Wings of Fancy initially exhibited only butterflies that live in North America, but with guidance from Dr. Wheling, our permit has expanded over the years to include species that live in other parts of the Americas. With further modifications to our facility, we were able to get approval to import butterflies from Asia and, most recently, Africa. Dr. Wheling has also helped exhibit staff modify our techniques and methods to improve the health and longevity of the butterflies.


pproaching its fifteenth season of flight, the Wings of Fancy Live Caterpillar and Butterfly Exhibit has

Were You There?

Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration Awards Ceremony
Students and teachers from Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration gathered on Sunday, September 19 to celebrate the achievements of several of the School’s finest students. Director Margaret Saul, in town from Italy to attend the American Society of Botanical Artists’ annual conference in Pittsburgh, presented Certificates to five individuals who this year completed their final certificate projects. Jeanne Benson, Karen Coleman, Joan Maps Ducore, Berit Robertson and Denise Swayne each received this prestigious award after several years of meticulous work and dedication to this unique art form. Each of them now joins a very elite group of just eight individuals to complete all the requirements of the School’s Certificate Program. Margaret also presented Achievement Awards to several students whose work was accepted for the first time to be displayed in the Botanica exhibition of student and teacher artwork. Congratulations to Marydean Floyd, Harriet Weiner, Christine Rollins and Arden Brady for their exceptional progress through this specialized curriculum. Interested in learning more about the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration? Visit www.brooksideartschool. org – here, you’ll find a link to the School’s Online Gallery, where you can view images of the Certificate students’ final projects. —Mark Richardson Adult Education Programs Manager

In addition to the fun hands-on activities, families listened to the sounds of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra and explored a “gourd-petting zoo” that the band shared with the public. What’s a gourd orchestra? The orchestra is made up of five band members who wear stylish gourd hats and flashy costumes accessorized with gourd buttons. Their lively music comes from a variety of homemade gourd instruments. It is described as Paleolithic lounge music – mixing past with present, rhythm with melody, and chaos with order. Whatever it was, it was lots of fun for everyone! As children participated in several handson activities spread throughout the gardens, they were on a mission to stamp a “Passport” detailing their accomplishments. Kids travelled from the Plant a Mini Salad Bowl activity to Fruit and Veggie Bingo, on to Fruit and Veggie Beach Ball, and to the other displays including Pollinators and Food, Fruit and Veggie Scavenger Hunt, Fruit and Veggie Painting Cornucopia, Face Painting, Fruit and Veggie Printing, and an actual Kids Farmers’ Market (a favorite activity, as it turns out!). At the Kids Farmers’ Market, children chose a recipe and then shopped with play money to obtain the produce needed to make their “dish.” Many thanks to Rocklands Farm whose support made for a smooth-running Market. Additionally, Rocklands set-up their own Farmers’ Market as an extra bonus for the adult crowd. We are pleased that several volunteers from the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region have come annually to support Children’s Day to teach children watercolor painting techniques.

Adventures With Food – Children’s Day 2010
Brookside Gardens’ largest special event, Children’s Day, had a picture perfect day this past September. Ninety volunteers helped make it a successful, exciting event for our estimated 4,000 visitors. All Children’s Day activities are planned especially for elementary–age children and relate to an assigned theme – this year being, “Adventures With Food” and stemming from Brookside Gardens’ overall theme, “Food For Thought.” Feedback from the public was especially complimentary this year. And our visitors were generous in bringing food donations, accumulating two large boxes of food that Brookside Gardens donated to Martha’s Table. Brookside Gardens is grateful to the Friends of Brookside Gardens for their support of this popular special event allowing free admission for the public. A great time was had by all! —Lynn Richard Children’s Program Horticulturist Brookside Gardens Xperience  •  Spring–Summer 2011    3

Volunteer Update: Student Service Learning


ost students in Montgomery County must perform volunteer service in order to fulfill graduation

requirements. Montgomery County Public Schools require students to complete 75 hours of Student Service Learning (SSL) hours and many local private schools have similar community service requirements. In the last fiscal year at Brookside Gardens, 118 student volunteers from 26 area middle and high schools volunteered more than 2,500 hours. Students volunteer at our seasonal Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit, Garden of Lights Holiday Light Display, and one day events such as Children’s Day, Earth Day and the Garlic Mustard Challenge. Providing an opportunity for young people to volunteer outside in a public garden is imperative, because it introduces them at an early age not only to the great outdoors, but also to one of the wonderful free resources of Montgomery County: Brookside Gardens, as a part of the Montgomery Parks system. Staff and volunteer mentoring of our student volunteers further ensures that no matter what field they choose to work in as adults, students will have developed an appreciation for horticulture and gardening. In addition, many of our student volunteers benefit from learning for the very first time important job readiness skills, such as punctuality, appropriate workplace dress and basic workplace communication skills. Jonathan Mallory from the Washington Christian Academy completed 72 hours as a Gardener’s Assistant. Jonathan liked volunteering here so much that even after he completed his graduation requirement, he returned throughout the summer to help out. Vishal Hemnani from John F. Kennedy High School completed 70 hours as a Wings of Fancy volunteer. Vishal started out in Wings of Fancy in 2009 and returned as a volunteer in 2010 with three of his classmates through his school’s Leadership Training Initiative program. Brookside Gardens benefits greatly from the energy and enthusiasm that our student volunteers bring to the job. Thank you to our many student volunteers, and thank you to all of our volunteers, for all that you do for Brookside Gardens! —Jared Ashling Volunteer Coordinator & Library Horticulturist Jeff Kimm from the Bullis School is the runner up for FY2010 with 96 hours. Jeff worked as a Wings of Fancy Flight Attendant.

Student Volunteer Highlight
Phanna Lamlek of Sherwood High School is our top student volunteer for the 2010 fiscal year. Phanna completed 116 hours at the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit and at the Garden of Lights Holiday Light Display. Phanna started volunteering with Wings of Fancy at age 14, and over the past several years has volunteered more than 300 hours at Brookside Gardens!


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Thank You, Donors!
Donations received between June 1, 2010 and December 15, 2010

ANNUAL APPEAL Eleven Anonymous Donors Anne Ambler Michael Audet Ivy Baer and Marc Rothenburg Jane Barrett Bernice Bartlett Josephine Bennett Marian Bellama Ellen Bennett and Ric Gratz Sally Boasberg Bette Bowman Marney Bruce Marlene and Salvatore Cianci Catherine Conly Tina Coplan James and Susan David Lorraine Davis Lewis and Barbara Dennis Linda and John Derrick John and Ruth Doak Barbara Dunn and Susan Lingan Ann and Don English Kurt and Sylvia Eschbach Selma Falloon Wyn Fitzpatrick Mrs. C. A. Fontyn Serena Fossi – Gardening & Gentle Redesign Leonard Friedman and Randi Passamaneck Peter and JoAnn Gale Barbara Gentile Alda Giusti John and M.T. Goiovanelli Claudia Golenda Claudetta Harding Ruth Harper Katie Henley Angela Hitti Shelton and Lily Jackson Bill Johnson Susanne Karacki Carol Karl Edward Karpoff Audrey and Sheldon Katz Christine Kelly Marianne Kuhlthau Sandra Lange Mimi Levine Samuel Levy Sheila Lindveit Cathy Lonas Martha and Ron Lubet Frances Lussier and Patricia Smith

Johanna and ViAnn Lyskawa Dwight and Sue Mason Carmen Maymi Susan McCall Leslie and Jim McDermott Mr. and Mrs. Flynn McLean Tim McNellis Barbara Meiselman Helen Meyers Bob and Jo Ann Mueller Ed Murtagh The Mycological Assn of Washington Norma Nichols Marjorie and Stephen Nordlinger Cynthia Nye Stephanie and Brian Oberle Stephen Oliner Charles Ossola Celeste Park Harriet Peck Martin and Marcia Postman Nancy Randa Mark Ratner Van Rayburn Fu-meei and Richard Robbins Ellen Ross Eva Roswell Barbara Shidler The Sign Shop Nadine Sparer Kathy Stevens and Sam Rosenbaum Joan and Peter Stogis Terry Strayer and John Gratz Sylvia Suarez Ursula Sabia Sukinik Peter Talty Richard and Ann Terrill Betsy Thomas Nancy and Dick Traubitz Teresa Tretter Lynn and David Vismara Ira and Marcia Wagner Sarah Wagner and Steven Puglia Helga Wappaus Sammye Williams Al Wilson and Ethel Dutky Michael and Daniela Wolf Maria Wortman Jin Yang Ken Young

GENERAL DONATIONS Four Anonymous Donors Paxton and Rachel Baker June Bland The Blumenstock Family Ruth and Mark Bortz Friends of Brookside Gardens John Gunn Magdy Mansour Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association Elena Paoli Potomac Home & Garden Club Harriet Saxe Gaia Vasiliver Shamis and Yackov Shamis Thanh Quoc Truong and Anh Kim Ngo Elizabeth Vitchock Martin Wiese Helen Wirsch IN KIND GIFTS Carole Galati Barbara Gentile McLean Nurseries – Bill Kuhl Phil Normandy Pleasant Run Nursery - Rich and Heidi Hesselein Janet and Jim Senft LIBRARY BOOK DONATIONS Danelia Dashiell Emile Deckert Simone Fary Judith Graef Una Pearl Jarboi John Kemper Betty Mackey Martha Moulton O’Hehin Martha Lee Ralphe Mark Richardson Dorothea Russell Joanne Schmader Donald M. Simonds Kathy Stevens Sarah Wendel PROGRAM SUPPORT 2010 Children’s Day Friends of Brookside Gardens 2010 Fall Lecture Series Friends of Brookside Gardens

2010 Garden of Lights Silver Spring Garden Club Garden Renovations Friends of Brookside Gardens 2011 Green Matters Anne Ambler Friends of Brookside Gardens Honest Tea Silver Spring Garden Club Takoma Horticultural Club David and Marilynn Vismara University of Maryland Extension—Home & Garden Info. Center Winding Orchard Citizens Association TRIBUTE GIFTS To celebrate the life of Nina Linda Adler Alan and Carole Kuritzky In Memory of Edward and Consolata Amatucci John and Sandra Irish In Honor of June and Bill Anderson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Alida Anderson Eric Anderson Frederick Anderson Donald and Marijane Harper In Memory of Margaret Bancroft Douglas and Gertrude Bushey Mr. and Mrs. Peter Magoon Angel and Duane Moe and Family Kelly Pinto Kenneth and Jennie Pinto In Memory of Wendy Campbell Susanne Karacki In Memory of Chin-Che Lin Liang Helen Allen Kenneth Shueh-Shen Chang Dr. and Mrs.Chuntung Changchien Chihmei Lin Chen Dr. and Mrs. His Chen Mr. and Mrs. Chun-Nan Chi

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Thank You, Donors!

Mr. and Mrs. Hua-Shan Chi Theresa Lin Chung Cynthia Dickinson Edith Ferrante and John Beasley Paul Hshieh and Meiyun Hshieh Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Hsu Fu-Lian Hsu and Susie Z. Hsu Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Hsu Li-Hua Hsu Su-Jan Huang Mr. and Mrs. Shyh-An Huang Mr. and Mrs. Tai L. Huang Dou Huey Jean Rong Song Jih Rosemary Johann-Liang Thomas Y. Ko and Meiyun H. Ko Immuno Group of BDRD/NMRC Mr. and Mrs. Chunyen Lai Mei-Mei Hsieh Lai Vincent Lai Chun Sheng Lee and Huei Ying Lee Henry Y. Lee Ray Fong Lee Dr. and Mrs. Tung-Pi Lee Mr. and Mrs. Wu-Lang Lee Mr. and Mrs. George Li Li-Shiang Liang and Georgia Sassen Li-Ting Liang Ma-Li Liang Yung-San Liang Ai Jeng Lin Ching Kuo Lin and Chia-Chi Lin Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lin Yie C. Lin Dr. and Mrs. Chia Ching Liu Mr. and Mrs. Zurnpeeng Ngg Sharon Tong Pan Tai Sassen-Kiang

Dr. and Mrs. Jiin-Shiang Su Mr. and Mrs. David W. Tsai Dr. and Mrs. Bernard W. Tsai Holly Tseng Mr. and Mrs. Kuo M. Tsu Taiwanese Youth Arts Foundation Czau-Siung Yang Mr. and Mrs. Harry Yieh Henry H. and Jia Huey Yu In Memory of Jeanne Moulton Friends of Brookside Gardens Sara Moran In Memory of Thelma Mueller Alden and Jane Munson In Memory of Rosalyn Roddy Michael and Linda Frost VA Maryland Healthcare System - Trauma Recovery Program In Memory of Milton J. Seidel Katherine Seidel In Memory of Jerry M. Seigel Susan Canada In Memory of Dan Shepherdson Antonia Chion In Memory of Robert P. Stalter Blue Heron Wellness Family Walter G. Edmonds Wilson and Marian Marshall Zane and Wilma Stalter John and Louise Swink

In Memory of John St. Clair John and Janice Leffler In Memory of Susan Stephenson Dick and Anita Garner Ron Taddei Memorial Perennial Garden Donation on behalf of parents, Rudy and Delores Taddei and entire family ROSE GARDEN COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PROGRAM Honoring the Life of Nancy Benedict Leslie McDermott and Patrick McDermott Eternal Love and Life CH PB CL Clatterbuck WR Gillette III Carol Clatterbuck In Memory of Dick Johnson Kay (Michaela) Johnson In Memory of Bill Richards Margie Richards STORM RESTORATION FUND Gail Gee and Vincent Campanella Eugene and Julia Horman Sally and Bob Newcomb Pat and Ray Sumner

TRIBUTE BENCHES In Memory of Maurice and Margaret Bassan Laurie E. Bassan In Memory of Joanne Bintz Thomas McCombe In Memory of Esther and Sam Furash Judith Furash Toby Furash Sydney Rodgers In Memory of Tom and Jean McCloskey Susan Cheselka Teri Emig Joan Lyon Joseph McCloskey Tim McCloskey Sharon Snellings In Memory of Vasan Ramaswamy Shoma Ramaswamy TRIBUTE TREES In Memory of Bill Hussmann Katherine G. Hussmann In Memory of Polina and Yukov Zengin Georgiy Burtsev Correction: In Honor of Edith Gutkin Daman Janet G. Farbstein

Benefit for Brookside Gardens at Gail Gee’s Garden
Saturday, May 21
Morning Preview Party guests will be treated to an exclusive, personal tour of the spectacular private garden of Gail Gee in Fulton, Maryland. Begun in 2001, this three-acre paradise was created as her personal pleasure garden and features spectacular color combinations in the English Style. Her extensive collection of rare peonies should be at peak bloom in time for our visit, and there will be selected varieties of hard-to-find cultivars and other signature plants available for purchase. Gail’s garden will also be open for self-guided tours in the afternoon.

9:00-11:00am Preview Party
Private guided tours, complimentary refreshments and signature plants for sale $35 per person* Event number 138799 Registration required

12:00-4:00pm Open Garden
Self-guided tours, refreshments available $5 per person* Event number 138849 Drop-ins welcome

Register at www.ParkPASS.org *All proceeds benefit Brookside Gardens.


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Special Events

Brookside Gardens Welcomes Edible Landscaping Guru Rosalind Creasy
rookside Gardens is pleased to announce Rosalind Creasy will join us this spring for two programs – first, a benefit program on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30-9:00pm; all proceeds will support Brookside Gardens and Montgomery Parks Community Gardens; second, a morning lecture about Gardening with Children on Friday, April 29 from 10:0011:30am.


Rosalind Creasy is an internationally recognized garden and food writer, photographer and landscape designer with a passion for beautiful vegetables and ecologically sensitive gardening. She began her career in horticulture in the 1970s as a landscape designer and restaurant consultant. By 1982, she had published her first book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, which won the Garden Writers Association’s Quill and Trowel award, was chosen as a Book of the Month selection and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as the best garden book of 1982. Considered a classic, it coined the term “Edible Landscaping,” now a part of the American vocabulary. Rosalind recently published a completely revised edition of her first book, entitled, Edible Landscaping: Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat it Too! Join us for an evening with Rosalind, the first lady of edible landscaping! Check page 9 for more details.

Earth Day Festival
Sponsored by Friends of Brookside Gardens Celebrate Earth Day at Brookside Gardens on April 17, 2011, 12:00–4:00pm. Look for more information at www.brooksidegreen.org or call 301-962-1470 to request information be sent to you via email.

Summer Twilight Concert Series
Join us in the Gude Garden every Tuesday evening throughout the month of June for a series of performances set in the beauty of the gardens! Brookside Gardens offers all concerts free of charge; no registration is required. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets!

Conservatory Displays
Spring Display: Spring Preview
Saturday, January 22 - Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:00am-5:00pm daily; FREE Brookside Gardens Conservatory

The Gremmies
Maryland’s premier Surf/ Instrumental band Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-8:00pm

Justin Trawick Summer Display: Summer of Food
Saturday, April 23 - Sunday, September 18 10:00am-5:00pm daily; FREE Brookside Gardens Conservatory We’re celebrating food at Brookside Gardens again this year! Enjoy edible plant displays throughout the gardens this season and join us for educational programming focused on growing, cooking or displaying food in creative ways. Look for the tomato graphic to find our foodrelated programs and events. Arlington-based Urban Folk Rock band with a range from folk/bluegrass to funk/hip hop Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8:00pm

Damon Foreman
Jazz, Funk, Blues and Rock Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-8:00pm

Bad Influence Band
Washington, D.C.-based, bluesinfused, high-energy music Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-8:00pm

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Special Events and Group Tours

Camellia Society Show & Sale
Sponsored by the Camellia Society of Potomac Valley Saturday April 2, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday April 3, 10:00am-4:00pm Visitors Center

Plant Shows & Sales
Brookside Gardens hosts local, regional and national plant society events throughout the year. Many of the societies’ events feature judged competitions; each of them features passionate collectors, eager to share their enthusiasm with others.

Dahlia Tuber Sale
Sponsored by the National Capital Dahlia Society Saturday, April 30, 11:00am-2:00pm Outside the Visitors Center

Annual Silver Spring Garden Mart Daffodil Show
Sponsored by the Washington Daffodil Society Saturday, April 9, 2:00-5:00pm Sunday, April 10, 9:00am-4:00pm Visitors Center Sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-3:00pm Outside the Visitors Center

Orchid Sale
Sponsored by the Friends of Brookside Gardens & the Brookside Gardens Orchid Club Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday, March 20, 10:00am-3:00pm Visitors Center

Daylily Show & Sale
Sponsored by the National Capital Daylily Club Saturday, July 9, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, July 10, 9:00am-5:00pm Visitors Center

Azalea Show & Sale
Sponsored by the Brookside Gardens Chapter of the Azalea Society Saturday, April 30 Show 12:00-5:00pm Sale 9:00am–5:00pm Sunday, May 1 Show 9:00am-4:00pm Sale 10:00am–2:00pm Visitors Center

Ikenobo and Ikebana Exhibition
Sponsored by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter and the Ikenobo Ikebana Society Baltimore Group Saturday, March 26, 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, March 27, 9:00am-3:30pm Visitors Center

Cactus Show
Sponsored by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society Saturday, August 6, 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, August 7, 9:00am-4:00pm Visitors Center

Free Garden Tours
Enjoy free, springtime strolls at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton or McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda. Each of these first-rate gardens merits a visit this spring! Brookside Gardens is an intensively managed display garden, featuring an abundance of annual and perennial displays throughout the season. McCrillis Gardens is a naturalistic strolling garden, offering shady woodland walks and splashes of color in spring. Highly trained, knowledgeable guides offer engaging horticultural tours, focusing on the plants that make each garden unique.

Group Tours
Consider bringing your garden club or other adult group to Brookside Gardens for a guided tour of our beautiful spring display. Sure to please gardening novices and seasoned veterans alike, our knowledgeable volunteer guides offer horticultural-focused strolls through the gardens. Guided tours must be arranged in advance and are offered for a fee of $5/person (5-person minimum). Contact Diane Lewis at 301-962-1407 or diane.lewis@montgomeryparks.org to arrange your group experience.

Brookside Gardens
Free Garden Walks every Saturday afternoon in May – 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2:00pm Fee: Free; no registration required Meet at the Visitors Center (outside doors exiting the rear of building)

McCrillis Gardens
Free Garden Walks every Sunday afternoon in May – 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2:00pm Fee: Free; no registration required Meet at McCrillis House in Bethesda (call 301-962-1455 for directions)


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Snapshots of Summer
Deborah Starobin-Armstrong

Art Xhibits
The Brookside Gardens Visitors Center exhibitions showcase affordable original works or giclée prints of original works on horticultural themes by area artists. All art exhibitions are free-of-charge and most of the works are available for purchase.

APRIL 11 – MAY 21, 2011

Spring Color, Summer Dazzle
Washington Metropolitan Art Society MAY 21 – JULY 9, 2011

Botanica 2011: The Art of Science of Plants
Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art

FEBRUARY 7 – APRIL 10, 2011

JULY 9 – AUGUST 28, 2011

Tangled Tulips & Poppies Three
Carol Vorosmarti

Flowers, Gardens and Bouquets
Judith Prevo

The Art of Spring
Olney Art Association

Floral Exuberance
Mimi Whitcomb

Spring Lecture Series
Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Brookside Gardens, we offer an excellent lecture series in spring and fall. Lectures have traditionally been offered on Friday mornings at 10:00, but we’re offering more varied dates and times this spring to accommodate our patrons’ varied schedules.

Spring Fling: Getting Ready for Your Next Garden Party
Adrienne Cook, Danielle Navidi & Karen Nelson Kent, AIFD Whether you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch or a May Day luncheon, it’s fun to dress up the menu with the abundance of spring flowers at your fingertips. Join the Cook Sisters and Karen Nelson Kent, AIFD for a fun-filled presentation of the perfect spring recipes and decor that can make them sing! Course number 133199 Thursday, April 7, 10:00-11:30am Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium

urban potager uses every inch of available space, growing edibles and ornamentals on balconies, patios, porches and rooftops. Cindy Brown will eliminate excuses for excluding edibles with suggestions on what edibles to grow, unusual ways to grow them and how to do it all with style! Course number 134099 Friday, April 15, 10:00-11:30am Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium

Cultivating the Garden Artist Within
Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer & Photographer How do you create the garden you want without having to hire expensive professional help? By learning to cultivate the garden artist within, you will be able to see like a professional designer, then translate that knowledge into the scenes you envision for your garden. We’ll consider possibilities from playful to formal, talk about how to be a passionate plant collector and still have a strong visual design, discuss solutions to some common design problems experienced by home gardeners and look at ways to use the grand scenes in public gardens to provide tips for our own small private spaces. Course number 132951 Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:00pm Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium

Special Benefit Event Edible Landscaping - The New American Garden
Rosalind Creasy, Garden & Food Writer, Photographer and Landscape Designer During this mouthwatering presentation, Rosalind Creasy, pioneer in the field of edible landscaping, will cover an A to Z list of her recommended beautiful edible plants for home gardens, an overview of the wide variety of edible landscapes, as well as the principles of landscape design particular to edibles. All proceeds will benefit Brookside Gardens and Montgomery Parks Community

Designing an Urban Potager
Cindy Brown, Smithsonian Gardens A traditional French kitchen garden - potager - mingles vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to make the function of providing food for the table aesthetically pleasing. An

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Garden program. Fee includes admission to lecture, reception, plant sale and book signing. Course number 132906 Thursday, April 28, 6:30-9:00pm Fee: $35, FOBG: $30; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium delicacies. Now, we grow naranjillas as ornamentals and drink acai juice! What once was exotic becomes commonplace to the next generation. Today, the variety of supermarket fruit is astounding. Some you expect to find year-round; others are unusual enough that you’re almost afraid to try them. Learn about both the common and the exotic tropical fruits you find in the grocery store through this illustrated lecture. Course number 133250 Friday, May 13, 10:00-11:30am —OR— Course number 133249 Thursday, June 2, 6:30-8:00pm Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium


Horticultural Talks & Workshops
Rain Garden Workshop
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Staff Transform your yard into a natural ecosystem to help capture and filter rainwater. Learn the techniques to evaluate your yard and create a rain garden that uses native plants and enhanced soils to create a watershedfriendly garden full of beauty and life. Course number 130103 Friday, March 11, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 130104 Saturday, March 12, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $10; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Gardening with Children
Rosalind Creasy, Garden & Food Writer, Photographer and Landscape Designer Rosalind Creasy believes gardening and being ‘green’ is best caught, not taught. In this slide-illustrated lecture, join her neighborhood children and grandson as they harvest wheat, plant peanuts and blue potatoes, track insects with a hand lens, find their way in her Alice and Wonderland maze, and even help raise baby chicks. Children are welcome and can pot up a strawberry plant to take home afterward. Course number 132907 Friday, April 29, 10:00-11:30am Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium

Delicious Color for Your Garden
Karl Gercens, Indoor Section Gardener, Longwood Gardens A bland landscape can always use some spice. Explore what you can do with rich Merlot, buttery yellows and silver, the icing on the cake. We’ll look at how foliage color can lend a zesty punch and which edibles can garnish the top for a savory finish. Course number 130852 Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8:00pm Fee: Free; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium

Vegetable Gardening Basics Session 1: Site Preparation and Crop Selection
Carol Allen, Horticulturist When starting a home vegetable garden, the first thing to do is choose a site. Learn about what to consider in choosing the best location and start thinking about soil preparation and choosing crops to maximize your harvest each year. Course number 132909 Wednesday, March 16, 1:30-3:30pm Fee: $18, FOBG: $15; registration required

Tasty Tropicals with Diane Lewis
Diane Lewis, Brookside Gardens Staff Bananas once were shipped on slow boats from distant ports; before refrigeration, oranges were exotic

Papercrete Troughs
Ellen Hartranft, Brookside Gardens staff Create a beautiful, lightweight trough for your garden. Take it home with you the same day you create it and then register for course #133149 to plant it with a variety of plants under the guidance of garden trough expert Betty Mackey. Fee includes all materials. Course number 132899 Wednesday, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm Fee: $55, FOBG: $49; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Spring’s Floral Nest
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Course number 133149 Wednesday, April 27, 1:00-3:00pm Fee: $55, FOBG: $49; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Make & Take Rain Barrels
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Staff Gather water from your rooftops, help control storm water impacts from your yard and store water to use in your perches in a vase and holds a colorcoordinated mix of spring’s brightest flowers. Choose from one of two different design styles and top off your design with a resident bird. Recreate the display each spring and use it as a low table centerpiece or a lovely indoor focal point. Course number 134901 Thursday, March 24, 10:00am-12:00pm Fee: $44, FOBG: $40; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop landscape. Limited to one rain barrel per household. Course number 130099 Friday, April 15, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 130100 Saturday, April 16, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $10; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Hanging Basket Workshop
Joan O’Rourke, Friends of Brookside Gardens Create your very own display of flowers and foliage in a hanging basket. Beautiful new plant color introductions will add surprises to this perennial favorite. Instructions will cover how to line a 14-inch wire basket with sphagnum moss and planting tips for best results. Course number 130199 Friday, May 6, 10:00-11:30am Course number 130200 Friday, May 6, 1:30-3:30pm Fee: $45, FOBG: $40; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Mother Nature’s Moss Shoe
Jane Pettit, Mother Nature Throws a Party Found on a woodland trail, left as Mother Nature hurried to avoid detection by approaching hikers: One Glorious High Heel Slipper, not of glass, but of moss! Create your own one-ofa-kind treasure to display prominently in your home. Or, make it for one of the shoe fanatics in your circle of friends. This project brings fantasy alive with bright little dried flowers, glittery things, butterflies and cute critters tucked down in the little world of Mother’s slipper. Course number 134900 Wednesday, April 20, 2:30-4:30pm Fee: $44, FOBG: $40; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Simply Chic
Karen Nelson Kent, AIFD, owner of Floral Diversity Learn to create contemporary floral designs you can make at home. This 3-week course covers basic knowhow about flower arranging, choosing the right flowers for your home and creating great visual effects with simple skills. Fee includes materials to create one arrangement each week. Course number 133150 Thursdays, March 31, April 7 and 14, 1:00-3:00pm Fee: $139, FOBG: $125; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Butterfly Container
Kathy Stevens, Brookside Gardens Staff Create a beautiful, functional container garden that will support the entire butterfly life cycle in this enjoyable workshop. Plant a container that encourages butterflies to call your garden home. Fee includes a 14inch container, butterfly plants and instruction about butterfly gardening. Course number 132908 Wednesday, May 11, 1:00-3:00pm Fee: $44, FOBG: $40; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Garden Trough Planting Workshop
Betty Mackey, B.B. Mackey Books Whether you made a garden trough this spring, or have an older one at home that you’d like to replant, bring your trough, your garden gloves and your love of nature to this troughplanting workshop with Betty Mackey. Combine a dwarf shrub with creeping or flat perennials with tiny leaves in a weatherproof trough. Fee covers plant material and soil — you must bring your own trough.

Vegetable Gardening Basics Session 2: Plugs, Packs or Seeds? How to Buy Plants
Carol Allen, Horticulturist Take the mystery out of buying vegetable plants. Some are best directsown in your garden, while others are best bought from your local garden center as starter plugs. Learn how to choose healthy plants and plant them at the right time to ensure success. Course number 132910

Flowers for Your Home
Karen Nelson Kent, AIFD, owner of Floral Diversity A home isn’t a home without flowers. Let your flowers be an extension of

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your personality in this 3-week course by creating fabulous arrangements and bouquets for your home. From traditional European design to minimal and baroque, this is a course for all flower lovers. Fee includes materials for one arrangement each week. Course number 133151 Thursdays, May 12, 19 and 26, 6:00-8:00pm Fee: $139, FOBG: $125; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

to get that vintage look! Fee includes materials for one arrangement each week. Course number 133152 Tuesdays, June 14, 21, 28, 1:00-3:00pm Fee: $139, FOBG: $125; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Vegetable Gardening Basics Session 3: Life Underground - Soil Microbes and You
Carol Allen, Horticulturist Harness the biology in your soil to help your garden succeed. Learn how best to improve your soil and make it easier to grow robust, healthy and productive vegetable plants. Course number 132911 Wednesday, May 25, 1:30-3:30pm Fee: $18, FOBG: $15; registration required

Think it Build it Willow Furniture Workshop
Bim Willow, Furniture Maker, Artist, Gardener…Clown A perfect Father’s Day activity! Bend fresh willow into heirlooms. Come with a hammer and leave with your choice of a Historical Bent Willow Loveseat or Chair, a Garden Bench, Ladder Back Chair, Garden Arbor, or Potting Bench/ Baker’s Rack! Class starts at 9:00am for chairs and loveseats; 1:00pm for all other projects. Price varies depending on project chosen. Project must be chosen in advance. Course number 133099 Saturday, June 18, 9:00am-4:00pm Fee: $60-$390 depending upon project choice; check www.ParkPASS.org for specific prices or call 301.962.1451 for more information; download a color brochure at www.brooksidelearning.org Registration required; Brookside Gardens Service Area (Directions provided upon registration.)

Hosta Container Workshop
Joan O’Rourke, Friends of Brookside Gardens Don’t give up on hosta because deer have taken over your garden! Deprive them of this tasty delicacy by keeping the perfect shade plant out of reach. Join Joan O’Rourke, Friends of Brookside Gardens, to add drama to your deck or patio with a unique container of beautiful hostas in the best colors. Fee includes all materials. Course number 130251 Tuesday, May 17, 10:00-11:30am Course number 130252 Wednesday, May 18, 10:00-11:30am Fee: $44, FOBG: $40; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Strawberry Jar Sedums
Joan O’Rourke, Friends of Brookside Gardens Sedums come in an abundance of colors, shapes and sizes. In this handson workshop, Joan will help you plant a strawberry jar with a beautiful variety of these versatile perennial plants that add year-round interest to your garden with very little care or attention. Course number 130253 Tuesday, May 31, 10:00-11:30am Course number 130254 Wednesday, June 1, 10:00-11:30am Fee: $49, FOBG: $44; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

A Bit of Brookside
Joan O’Rourke, Friends of Brookside Gardens Back by popular demand, this handson workshop will feature some of our best PERENNIAL plants this year. Fee includes all materials, including a 14-inch container. Course number 130255 Tuesday, June 14, 10:00-11:30am Course number 130256 Wednesday, June 15, 10:00-11:30am Fee: $49, FOBG: $44; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Conservation Landscaping Techniques
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Staff Learn how conservation-based landscaping techniques can beautify your yard and neighborhood, restore native habitats and help improve the environment. Develop a site design tailored to your yard and learn about the County’s rebate program to assist with funding. Course number 130101 Friday, May 20, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 130102 Saturday, May 21, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $10; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Mosaic Bird Baths
Jane Pettit, Mother Nature Throws a Party Release the artist within and make some wonderful garden art while helping the environment! Make a 12” x 12” square birdbath from recycled glass ceiling light covers. Choose from a large selection of decorative items to incorporate into your mosaic. Go for the natural style with stones and earth tone ceramics, whimsy and glitz or choose sweet pastels and flowers for an English cottage look. All mosaics, adhesives, grout and hardware are provided. Course number 134899 Sunday, June 19 and 26, 10:00am-12:00pm Fee: $72, FOBG: $65; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Vintage Garden Style
Karen Nelson Kent, AIFD, owner of Floral Diversity Capture the essence of the informal country garden through this 3-week course covering basic knowledge about garden style flower arranging, choosing the right kind of flowers and pairing them with different containers


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Garden Photography & Writing Workshops

The U.S. Botanic Garden is a partner in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) together with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations, SITES has established and is encouraging sustainable practices in landscape design, construction, operations and maintenance. A homeowner web version of SITES has been created for use by home gardeners. Join staff from USBG to learn about how you can apply the principles of this exciting new program in your home landscape.

What is SITES for Homeowners?
Ray Mims, USBG Conservation & Sustainability Horticulturist Landscapes Give Back! A sustainably built and maintained garden need not compromise aesthetics or great plant material. Learn how your home garden can follow the guidelines of the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Understand the basics as well as information on soil, water and minerals. Course number 130153 Thursday, July 7, 11:30am-1:00pm Fee: $10, FOBG: $5; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Concrete Leaf Painting Workshop
Ann Baker and Nicky Beadle, Brookside Gardens Staff Registered for the Concrete Leaf Sculpting Workshop or have an unpainted or tired-looking concrete leaf at home? Finish that unique piece of sculpture with some acrylic paint and a sealant to help preserve your leaf and add interest to your garden for years to come. Course number 130899 Wednesday, July 20, 10:00am-12:00pm Course number 130900 Wednesday, July 20, 1:30- 3:30pm Fee: $15, FOBG: $10; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

Health & Well-being/Water, Soil & Materials
Holly Shimizu, USBG Director Learn why human health is integral to a sustainable landscape and how the appropriate use of water, soil and materials is crucial to your success. Course number 130799 Thursday, July 21, 11:30am-1:00pm Fee: $10, FOBG: $5; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

What plants should I choose?
Bill McLaughlin, USBG Curator Truly successful gardens provide beauty, require little chemical input and give back to nature. By emphasizing native plants and understanding their requirements (and eliminating invasive species), the homeowner can have it all! Course number 130155 Thursday, July 14, 11:30am-1:00pm Fee: $10, FOBG: $5; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

How should I design my sustainable landscape?
Nick Nelson, USBG Landscape Architect Put into practice the techniques of sustainable design, without compromising aesthetics using techniques like grouping plants with similar cultural requirements. Course number 130800 Thursday, July 28, 11:30am-1:00pm Fee: $10, FOBG: $5; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Garden Photography & Writing Workshops
Garden and Nature Writing Workshop
Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer & Photographer In this one-day workshop, we’ll discuss tools for making your words as powerful and inspiring as those that have resonated most deeply in your life, with a special emphasis on capturing the intricate detail inherent in plants and gardens, birds and other aspects of nature. We’ll talk about ways to revise your work without stamping the life

Concrete Leaf Sculpting Workshop
Ann Baker and Nicky Beadle, Brookside Gardens Staff A unique piece of sculpture adds a whimsical accent to any garden. Learn to create your own masterpiece by turning a live leaf into stone. Fee includes all materials to make one large or two small sculptures. Don’t forget to register for the next course on July 20 to paint your leaf. Course number 130849 Wednesday, July 13, 10:00am-12:00pm Course number 130850 Wednesday, July 13, 1:30- 3:30pm Fee: $20, FOBG: $18; registration required Visitors Center Adult Workshop

out of it and chat a bit about getting published. Whether you’re interested in publication or simply recording your private thoughts, this class will help you produce work you’ll be thrilled to have written. Course number 132950 Friday, March 25, 9:00am-4:00pm Fee: $97, FOBG: $89; registration

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required Visitors Center Adult Classroom 8:00-10:00am Fee: $44, FOBG $40; registration required Brookside Gardens Conservatory (2nd session meets in the Visitors Center Adult Classroom)

best ideas. Course number 134623 Wednesday, April 20, 12:00-1:30pm Fee: $28, FOBG: $25; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Inspired by Spring: Poetry in the Garden
Yvette Neisser Moreno, Local Poet and Writing Instructor Write poems inspired by the blooming of nature in springtime. We’ll alternate class sessions between the outdoor gardens and an indoor classroom. Draft poems while observing flowers and plants, with expert guidance on honing images and language, creating metaphor and deepening meaning in your draft poems. The workshop will culminate in an optional poetry reading on Sunday, June 5. Course number 132999 Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 1:00-3:00pm Sunday, June 5; 1:00-3:00pm Fee: $135, FOBG: $122; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom/ Auditorium

Cooking Demonstrations
Join Brookside Gardens for this delectable series of cooking classes, focusing on healthful recipes prepared before you with seasonal and local fruits, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy samples of the dishes made from easy-to-follow recipes that you can try at home.

Summer’s Bounty
Adrienne Cook, Garden & Cooking Writer Danielle Navidi, Caterer Going back to the basics of summer gardens, this class will present the panoply of summer’s best harvest used in imaginative and delicious ways. Plenty to please vegetarians in this class. Course number 134624 Wednesday, June 29, 12:00-1:30pm Fee: $28, FOBG: $25; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Herbal Bouquet
Adrienne Cook, Garden & Cooking Writer Danielle Navidi, Caterer Fresh herbs are the essence of the food garden and can translate into the essence of a sparkling spring or summer dish. Learn some great ways to use these indispensable ingredients of garden and kitchen and discuss what to grow and how to succeed with herbs. Course number 134621 Wednesday, March 30, 12:00-1:30pm Fee: $28, FOBG: $25; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Third Annual Tomato Extravaganza
Adrienne Cook, Garden & Cooking Writer Danielle Navidi, Caterer Once again, summer’s favorite veggie (or fruit) takes center stage. Course number 134633 Wednesday, July 27, 12:00-1:30pm Fee: $28, FOBG: $25; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Focus on Butterflies!
Photographers will be welcomed with their tripods into the conservatory to photograph our live butterflies before the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit opens to the public (limit 10 per session). Sessions run from 8:00– 10:00am, starting on Saturday, May 14 and running on variousdates through September 10. For specific dates and registration, search ParkPASS.org for Course Number 132914 or call 301.962.1451. Fee: $30, FOBG $27; registration required Brookside Gardens Conservatory

Sweet & Healthy
Adrienne Cook, Garden & Cooking Writer Danielle Navidi, Caterer Spring and summer fruits make for great desserts, as do tropical fruits. In response to audience suggestions, we’re doing a whole class on healthy desserts that are adaptable to any occasion and good at any time of the year. Course number 134622 Wednesday, April 13, 12:00-1:30pm Fee: $28, FOBG: $25; registration required Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Garden Photography Xcursion to Takoma Park
Hop on the bus with camera in hand! Learn garden photography with Josh Taylor in several Takoma Park private gardens, including the garden of Washington Gardener Magazine Editor & Publisher, Kathy Jentz. Josh will guide you in techniques like capturing closeups, shooting garden and intimate landscapes and using compositional elements to create striking images. This photographic garden tour is open to all levels of photography. Limited to 12 participants, so please register early. Course number 134949 Saturday, May 28, 8:00am-12:00pm Fee: $60; registration required Meet at the Visitors Center Entrance

Butterfly & Garden Photography
Josh Taylor, Archiphoto Workshops Learn how to capture striking images of butterflies and flowers with a formal critique of participants’ photographs. Note: Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera and bring ALL photo equipment to both sessions. A tripod is optional, but highly recommended. Course number 134619 Saturdays, June 18 & 25, 14

Pick a Peck…
Adrienne Cook, Garden & Cooking Writer Danielle Navidi, Caterer An entire class on peppers - sweet, bell, hot, piquant and the whole rainbow of colors! If you ever wondered what to do with all those home-grown peppers, join the Cook sisters to learn a few of their

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Spring Garden Jaunt
Travel with us to historic London Town to enjoy 8-acres of rambling woodland gardens set on a bluff overlooking the South River near Annapolis. After lunch in an enclosed glass pavilion, we’ll head to a little-known 5-acre private garden in Mitchellville, lovingly tended by owners Chuck Mewshaw, Geoff Lindstrom and their dedicated “muster of peafowl.” This former tobacco farm has been carefully transformed into an arboretum-like woodland, complemented by herbaceous borders and an ornamental pond. Finally, we’ll stop at nearby Patuxent Nursery Club for some great deals on quality plant material. Fee includes coach transportation, lunch and garden admission/tour fees. Tuesday, May 24, 9:00am-6:00pm Course number 135949 Fee: $95; registration required Visitors Center Entrance Date March 8 March 10 March 11 March 12 March 16 March 23 March 24 March 24 March 25 March 30 March 31 April 5 April 6 April 7 April 13 April 15 April 15 April 16 April 20 April 20 April 27 April 28 April 29 May 6 May 6 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 17 May 18 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 24 May 25 May 28 May 31 June 1 June 2 June 9 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 18 June 18 June 19 June 29 July 7 July 9 July 13 July 13 July 14 July 20 July 20 July 21 July 27 July 28 Title Fee FOBG Number Trip: Philadelphia Flower Show $89 120629 Trip: Philadelphia Flower Show $89 120630 Rain Garden Workshop $10 130103 Rain Garden Workshop $10 130104 Veg Series: Site Prep & Crop Selection $18 $15 132909 Workshop: Papercrete Troughs $55 $49 132899 Lecture: Cultivating the Garden Artist Within FREE 132951 Workshop: Spring’s Floral Nest $44 $40 134901 Garden & Nature Writing Workshop $97 $89 132950 Cooking: Herbal Bouquet $28 $25 134621 Workshop: Simply Chic $139 $125 133150 Workshop: Poetry in the Garden $135 $122 132999 Veg Series: Plugs, Packs or Seeds? $18 $15 132910 Lecture: Spring Fling FREE 133199 Cooking: Sweet & Healthy $28 $25 134623 Lecture: Designing an Urban Potager FREE 134099 Workshop: Rain Barrels $10 130099 Workshop: Rain Barrels $10 130100 Cooking: Pick a Peck $28 $25 134623 Workshop: Mother Nature’s Moss Shoe $44 $40 134900 Garden Trough Planting Workshop $55 $49 133149 Lecture: Edible Landscaping $35 $30 132906 Lecture: Gardening with Children FREE 132907 Hanging Basket Workshop $45 $40 130199 Hanging Basket Workshop $45 $40 130200 Workshop: Butterfly Container $44 $40 132908 Workshop: Flowers for Your Home $139 $125 133151 Lecture: Tasty Tropicals FREE 133250 Hosta Container Workshop $44 $40 130251 Hosta Container Workshop $44 $40 130252 Workshop: Conservation Landscaping $10 130101 Workshop: Conservation Landscaping $10 130102 Gail Gee Garden Party Benefit $35 138799 Gail Gee Open Garden $5 138849 Trip: Spring Garden Jaunt $95 135949 Veg Series: Soil Microbes and You $18 $15 132911 Trip: Garden Photography/Takoma Park $60 134949 Workshop: Strawberry Jar Sedums $49 $44 130253 Workshop: Strawberry Jar Sedums $49 $44 130254 Lecture: Tasty Tropicals FREE 133249 Lecture: Delicious Color for Your Garden FREE 130852 Workshop: A Bit of Brookside $49 $44 130255 Workshop: A Bit of Brookside $49 $44 130256 Workshop: Vintage Garden Style $139 $125 133152 Butterfly & Garden Photography $44 $40 134619 Willow Furniture Workshop Varied pricing 133099 Workshop: Mosaic Bird Baths $72 $65 134899 Cooking: Summer’s Bounty $28 $25 134624 Lecture: SITES for Homeowners $10 $5 130153 Trip: Private Gardens of the DE Shore $95 135899 Concrete Leaf Sculpting Workshop $20 $18 130849 Concrete Leaf Sculpting Workshop $20 $18 130850 Lecture: What Plants Should I Choose? $10 $5 130155 Concrete Leaf Painting Workshop $15 $10 130899 Concrete Leaf Painting Workshop $15 $10 130900 Lecture: Health & Well-being/Water, Soil… $10 $5 130799 Cooking: Tomato Extravaganza $28 $25 134633 Lecture: How Should I Design… $10 $5 130800 Brookside Gardens Xperience  •  Spring–Summer 2011    15

Private Gardens of the Delaware Shore
It’s summer! Let’s head to the Eastern Shore for a whirlwind visit to several special gardens. Back by popular demand...a tour of Mike Zajic’s garden on Red Mill Pond. Then on to a garden full of tropicals and unexpectedly hardy plants. Next is a smaller garden, but see what you’d grow if your family owned a nursery? The last garden is formal and includes a tour of the historic 1800’s home. Finally, a swing to Pepper’s Nursery and time to go wild discovering interesting plants for sale. Fee includes transportation, boxed lunch and admission. Course number 135899 Saturday, July 9, 7:00am-7:00pm Fee: $95; registration required Meet at the Visitors Center Entrance

School of Botanical Art & Illustration


Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration
Developed in collaboration with worldrenowned botanical artist, Margaret Saul, the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration offers botanical art classes that serve all levels, from beginner to advanced. Follow the rigorous Certificate Program or take individual workshops that do not require prerequisites. For more information about the School, visit BrooksideArtSchool.org or call Mark Richardson, School Manager, at 301.962.1470. Most course offerings are held at McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda, MD.

Core Curriculum
The Core Curriculum must be taken in sequence from Drawing 101 – Painting 310. A new “Stream” of students starts each fall. The classes listed below are open to anyone who has taken the prerequisites listed for each course.

Painting 205
Kathy Lutter Prerequisites: Dimensional Study 204 Course number 117157 Wednesdays, February 16, 23, March 2 & 9, 10:00am-1:30pm Course number 117158 Saturdays, March 12 and April 9, 9:00am-4:30pm Fee: $217; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Botanica 2011: The Art & Science of Plants
The Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration’s annual exhibition of student and teacher artwork. May 21 – July 9, 2011. Exhibition entry deadline: Monday, April 18. Students and teachers, past and present, should contact Diane Berndt – daberndt@verizon.net – for entry forms. No entry fee.

Painting White Flowers on Tinted Paper
Doreen Bolnick Prerequisite: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 134768 Thursday, June 30, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $38; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Botanical Art Intensive 206 - Draw & Paint a Flowering Hyacinth
Diane Berndt, Doreen Bolnick & Kathy Lutter Prerequisites: Painting 205 Course number 134749 Wednesday & Thursday, April 13 & 14, 10:00am-4:30pm Course number 134750 Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, 10:00am-4:30pm Fee: $217; registration required McCrillis Gardens

The Splendor of Iridescence Hummingbird
Kandy Phillips No prerequisites Course number 134793 Thursday, May 12, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $38; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Botany 207 for Botanical Artists
Doreen Bolnick No prerequisites Course number 135088 Wednesdays, April 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 10:00am-1:30pm Fee: $217; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Master Classes
Master Classes are best suited for those students who have completed intermediate and advanced level courses.

Technique Showcases
Pick up a paintbrush and after just three hours, take home a new painting technique learned from step-by-step painting demonstrations presented by one of our talented teachers.

No Color…No Kidding!
Martha Kemp Prerequisites: Drawing 309 or an advanced level in drawing Course number 134549 Monday-Thursday, May 2-5, 10:00am-4:30pm Fee: $420; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Gilding the Lily
Kandy Phillips No prerequisites Course number 134792 Thursday, April 7, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $38; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom 16

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Workshops & Electives
Prerequisites may be required.

Fee: $93; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Pen & Ink II: Illustration for Publication
Alice Tangerini Prerequisites: Pen & Ink I Course number 114499 Saturday, February 19-Monday, February 21, 10:00am-2:00pm Fee: $217; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Leaf Painting: Intermediate
Diane Berndt Prerequisites: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 134759 Saturday, March 26, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $93; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom Course number 134760 Wednesday, March 30, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $93; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Paint Orchid Flowers
Doreen Bolnick Prerequisites: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 120560 Sunday, March 6, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $93; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Colored Pencil I
Merri Nelson Prerequisites: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 134849 Sundays, April 3 & 10, 10:00am- 4:30pm Fee: $186; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Start Drawing & Painting
Diane Berndt No prerequisites Course number 134758 Tuesdays, June 7, 14 & 21, 6:00-9:00pm Fee: $150; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Creative Composition – Botanicals
Merri Nelson No prerequisites Course number 134850 Sunday, March 13 & Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-4:30pm Fee: $186; registration required McCrillis Gardens

Painting Studios – Advanced Level
Lee D’Zmura Prerequisites: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 135076 Friday, May 13, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 135077 Saturday, May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 135849 Thursday, July 14, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $45; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Goldfinches in Medieval Manuscripts
Kandy Phillips Prerequisites: Botanical Illumination I or ability to draw in reasonable detail Course number 134789 Thursday, July 7, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $93; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Painting Studios – Intermediate Level
Kathy Lutter Prerequisites: Painting 205 or equivalent Course number 135075 Thursday, March 17, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $45; registration required McCrillis Gardens Course number 135074 Sunday, March 27, 10:00am-1:00pm Fee: $45; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Moths: Learning to Love Them!
Kandy Phillips No prerequisites Course number 135090 Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $186; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Botanical Illumination I
Kandy Phillips Prerequisites: Painting 205 Course number 134851 Thursdays, May 26 (9:30am-12:30pm), June 2, 9 & 16, 10:00am-1:00pm Course number 134852 Saturdays, June 18 & 25, 10:00am-4:30pm Fee: $186; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom

Owls in Medieval Manuscripts
Kandy Phillips Prerequisites: Painting 205 Course number 134790 Saturday, July 23, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: $93; registration required Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom Brookside Gardens Xperience  •  Spring–Summer 2011    17

Fibonacci Spiral - Draw Complex Patterns with Ease
Lee D’Zmura No prerequisites Course number 134778 Tuesday, March 22, 10:00am-4:30pm

Children’s Programs

Children’s Programs
Children’s Garden
“Nature’s Fun in Your Backyard” is down-to-earth fun. This children’s garden exhibits many ideas that engage children’s imaginations and will put them in touch with nature and the earth. This garden highlights natural beauty and natural fun. See what’s inside a gnome hut, follow stepping stones to a tea party, build and stack natural wooden blocks, pretend you are a farmer, climb into a tree house, observe life around a water garden and discover important pollinating insects.

Course number 135081 Monday, June 13, 10:30-11:30am Course number 135082 Monday, July 11, 10:30-11:30am Course number 135083 Monday, August 8, 10:30-11:30am Fee: $5/child (adult free); registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

11:30am Course number 135217 12:00pm Course number 135218 12:30pm Thursday, March 17 Ages: 2-6 Fee: $3/child Visitors Center Auditorium

NEW! Garden Nature Club for Families
Join us the first Friday of every month for fun gardening activities and walks through the gardens. Let us help you get outdoors, strengthening social and family bonds while enjoying the health benefits of experiencing the many varied learning opportunities that abound in nature. Come get inspired and connected with us! Course number 135451 Fridays, March 4-August 5, 4:00-5:30pm Ages: 3 & up Fee: $24/family, FOBG: $22/family; registration required Register one child and the rest of the family is included Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Workshops & Classes
Oranges and Lemons, Oh My! Cooking Class
Danielle Navidi-Kasmai Kids will enjoy the tangy flavor of these wonderful citrus fruits in a variety of ways. The versatility of oranges and lemons shines in savory as well as sweet recipes including Lemony Chicken Piccata, Dreamy Lemon Mousse, Spring Greens with Oranges and OrangeGinger Dressing and Oranges with Caramel and Mint. Samples Provided. Course number 135249 Saturday, March 19, 10:30am-12:00pm Ages: 7-12 Fee: $20, FOBG: $18; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Children’s Discovery Benches
Hands-on activities, games, books and puzzles fill the Children’s Discovery Benches located in the Children’s Classroom. Benches are available depending on staff and room availability. Open Tuesday through Friday July & August, 9:00am-5:00pm when summer camp programs are not running September-June 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday Morning Storytime
Brookside Gardens Volunteers Participate and listen to nature and seasonal stories that will encourage a child’s imagination and creativity. Each week a different story will be read followed by a hands-on craft. New session start time! Saturdays, March 5-June 11, 10:00am Ages: 3-6 Fee: Free; no registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

St. Patrick’s Day
Green and Growing Scavenger Hunt Thursday, March 17, 2010 Have some St. Patrick’s Day fun following the giant green leprechaun footsteps through the garden. He’s left some clues to help you through - to find where he’s going is all up to you! Along the way if it’s a nice day, leprechaun helpers will trick you into some healthy activities, all good fun in the sun, of course! Guided garden walks leave on the half hour beginning at 10:00am. Last walk leaves at 12:30pm. An adult must walk with each child and assist in the activities. Please register for a time. Course number 135211 10:00am Course number 135214 10:30am Course number 135215 11:00am Course number 135216

Dig–in, Dig-out! It’s Spring Break!
Get outdoors this week! It’s Spring! Get inspired by our “Dig-in, Dig-out” activity table. Discover interesting fruit and veggie plant facts and plant a seed for your summer vegetable garden! Cancelled in the event of rain. April 18-22, 10:00am-2:00pm Ages: 4-11 Fee: Free; no registration required Outside adjacent to Visitors Center

Flower Buds
This once-a-month series will meet the second Monday of every month. We will feature gardening activities, stories, crafts and garden walks for children ages 3-5 with a parent. Course number 135078 Monday, March 14, 10:30-11:30am Course number 135079 Monday, April 11, 10:30-11:30am Course number 135080 Monday, May 9, 10:30-11:30am 18

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Register online at www.ParkPASS.org
Start Your Gardens… Ready, Set, Grow!
Lynn Richard, Brookside Gardens Staff Make it a family activity! Bring Mom, Dad or both to plan your veggie garden. Begin by selecting your veggies and planting seeds in starter pots just in time to plant in your garden after the frost-free date of May 10. A selection of different vegetable seeds will be offered with a review of how to care for and maintain your garden throughout the year. Course number 135349 Thursday, March 31, 10:30am-12:00pm Ages: 6-11 Fee: $10, FOBG: $9; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom activity tables and learn how you can help protect our pollinators, essential insects for farmers and food production. Cancelled in the event of rain. June 20- 24, 10:00am-1:00pm Ages: 5 & up Fee: Free; no registration required Outside adjacent to the Visitors Center

Children’s Programs
memorable time with you. Afterwards, you will have fun making a surprise just for your Mom while she is having a guided tour in the garden. Course number 135406 Saturday, May 7, 1:00-2:30pm Ages: 4 & up Fee: $30, FOBG: $28; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Look for us during the Montgomery County Farm Tour at the Red Wiggler Farm
Let’s see what’s growing on the farm! Through hands-on activities and games we will help you learn about agricultural crops, farming and food. (This activity is an extended part of Red Wiggler’s activities and the Montgomery County Farm Tour) Saturday, July 23, 10:00am-4:00pm Fee: Free; no registration required All ages Red Wiggler Community Farm, 23400 Ridge Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Brookside Gardens Welcomes Edible Landscaping Guru Rosalind Creasy
Rosalind Creasy, award-winning garden and food writer, photographer and landscape designer will present Gardening with Children. Afterwards your child can pot a strawberry plant to take home. See Xperience page 7 for more details!

“Dig In” with a Brookside Gardens Birthday Party!
•  Pollinators & Garden Critters •  Garden Fairies •  Wooden Wonders •  Garden Tea party We provide a one-hour interpretive program, including a craft. You provide decorations, tableware and refreshments. 2 ½ hour party: $225 Suggested times: Fridays, 4:00-6:30pm; Saturdays or Sundays, 1:00-3:30pm Limit: 20 children Call 301-962-1404 for information and availability.

Garden Teas for Children
You’re Invited to a Garden Tea Party
Marina St. Clair, Tea Party Hostess Fanciful tables, tea and treats will brighten children’s eyes when they come to tea. Children will learn proper tea etiquette, socialize and play flamingo croquet, weather permitting. Dress-up is encouraged. In case of inclement weather, tea will be followed by a rousing game of charades. Course number 135400 Saturday, April 23, 1:00 – 2:30pm Course number 135401 Saturday, May 21, 1:00 – 2:30pm Course number 135402 Saturday, June 4, 1:00 – 2:30pm Ages: 6-10 Fee: $22, FOBG: $20; registration required Anderson Island Pavilion

Herbal May Day Baskets…a parentchild activity
Lynn Richard, Brookside Gardens Staff Celebrate the beginnings of spring by surprising your neighbor or loved one with a basket filled with herbs, flowers and tasty treats! Using recycled materials and decorative leftovers, make 2 lovely gift baskets incorporating rosemary, pansies, mint and other treats; one to keep and one for you to give away! Happy May Day! This is a parent-child activity. Course number 135399 Friday, April 29, 4:00-6:00pm Ages: 4-12 Fee: $15, FOBG: $13; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Dig-in, Dig-out! School is Out!
Celebrate pollinators with us this week!! Did you know every third bite of food we eat is from the help of a pollinator? Stop by one of our “Dig-in, Dig-out”

Mother’s Day Tea
Enjoy a special tea today with Mom! Moms will enjoy this precious, Brookside Gardens Xperience  •  Spring–Summer 2011    19

Children’s Programs

Course number 131000 Dates: June 27-July 1, 10:00-11:30am Ages: 5-7 Fee: $80/week; registration required Course number 131001 Dates: June 27-July 1, 1:00-3:00pm Ages: 8-10 Fee: $90/week; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Summer Camp Programs
Garden Impressionists Camp I
Ivette Burgess, Artist Children will explore beautiful landscaped gardens, learn how to train their eyes, seeking out natural patterns, shapes and color. Through short daily lessons and inspiration from the gardens, children will be encouraged to utilize different artistic techniques and media to create their own works of art depicting nature’s beauty. Course number 130949 June 20- 24, 10:00-11:30am Ages: 5-7 Fee: $80/week; registration required Course number 130999 June 20- 24, 1:00-3:00pm Ages: 8-10 Fee: $90/week; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Botanical Art Camp I
Doreen Bolnick, Botanical Artist Using plant foods from Brookside’s vegetable plots and exotic fruits and vegetables from local markets, campers will learn to use colored pencils to draw, shade, color and create their own botanical art. We’ll enjoy a slide show of classic fruit and vegetable “portraits,” and weather permitting, wander outside to sketch wild fruits (pods, berries, cones, seeds, etc.). Each student will receive a sketchbook and mat a favorite work at camp’s end. Course Number 136249 Dates: July 18-22, 9:00am-12pm Ages: 8-12 Fee: $125/week; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

Botanical Art Camp II
Rita Pazelli, Botanical Artist Botanical art is a superb way of teaching careful observation and respect for nature’s diversity, and learn about Maryland’s natural history through its trees and wildflowers. Through careful observation and fieldwork in both our garden areas and the natural forest, campers will learn how to journal,

Garden Impressionists Camp II
Debbie Vanegas, Artist Children will explore beautiful landscaped gardens, learn how to train their eyes, seeking out natural patterns, shapes and color. Through short daily lessons and inspiration from the gardens, children will be encouraged to utilize different artistic techniques and media to create their own works of art depicting nature’s beauty.

Farms, Food, Fun and Sun!
Lynn Richard, Brookside Gardens Staff Have a week of gardening fun with 3 fun-filled field trips visiting and exploring different organic farms. Learn about good nutrition and farming. Each farm will have a different production focus. Find out what a CSA is, take a hayride, plant a container vegetable garden, participate in a cooking class, harvest a few veggies and flowers, see the countryside, shop a little and have a great time. Course number 131002 Dates: July 11-15, 9:00am-3:30pm Ages: 8-11 Fee: $225/week; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom

collect specimens and make a pressed sample, then sketch/draw/paint what they’ve found. Students may work in graphite pencil, colored pencil or watercolor (sketchbooks and media provided), then choose a favorite work of art to mat and frame. Course Number 131003 Dates: August 1-5, 9:00am-12pm Ages: 8-12 Fee: $125/week; registration required Visitors Center Children’s Classroom


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Fill out a separate form for each participant. Friends of Brookside Gardens members enter the FOBG rate for each course.
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Important Registration Information
1. You must open a ParkPASS account in order to register for any program. 2. We regret that it is not possible to include babies or children in classes designed for adults. 3. All programs will run rain or shine, unless a rain date is listed; for cancellation information call 301-962-1470. 4. If paying by credit card, please include credit card type, account number, expiration date, and signature. FOBG members should enter the discounted FOBG rate in the Fee column. For information about joining FOBG, call 301-962-1435 or check www.brooksidegardens.org. 5. Confirmation of your registration will be made by mail. (You must print out your confirmation when registering online.) If an event is filled to capacity, your check will be returned and your name placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted by phone if an opening occurs. 6. Deadline for registration is 7 days prior to event date, unless otherwise stated. Participants will be enrolled in the order received. 7. Unless otherwise indicated by the participant or a parent/guardian in writing at the time of registration, photographs of participants for use in Commission publications may be taken while participating in program activities. Refund Policy: If a program is cancelled you will be notified and receive a full refund. If you choose to cancel your registration from an event you must notify the Registrar at least five business days prior to the start of the class. A credit voucher will be issued less a 20% administrative fee. The voucher will be valid for one year from the date of issue. Use your credit voucher for another event of your choice. Credit for trips and workshops will be granted only if a replacement is available from the waiting list. A thirtyfive dollar ($35.00) fee will be charged for all returned checks.

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Complete the registration form and mail with payment (or drop off registration form and payment) to: BROOKSIDE GARDENS, Attn. Registrar, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 Make checks payable to M-NCPPC

To Register Online: www.ParkPASS.org To Register by Phone: Dial 301-670-6858 24-hours a day

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For information on M-NCPPC’s Fee Reduction Program for Montgomery County residents, call 301-495-2530. Applications are available at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Information Desk. The Department of Park and Planning encourages and supports the involvement and participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs/services. Register a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date and call 301-962-1451 to request a disability accommodation.

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Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, September 18, 2011
10:00am to 4:00pm daily | Fees: $6 teens & adults; $4, ages 3-12 Brookside Gardens South Conservatory We regret that we are unable to accommodate strollers in the Butterfly Exhibit.

Wings of Fancy Info Line: 301.962.1453

Group Visits & Youth Tours of the “Wings of Fancy” Butterfly Exhibit

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•    reschool, daycare, kindergarten and  P adult groups learn about butterflies from knowledgeable docents in the exhibit (no tour provided)

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