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Check out our latest newsletter and 2017 Calendar of events!

The Takoma Horticultural Club Presents

Soil Mixes for Houseplants and Container Gardens

Wednesday, August 16, 7:30pm

presented by Carol Allen
Historic Takoma, Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD

Got a plant to pot? Want to give it the best possible chance in life? On Wednesday, August 16 at Historic Takoma Inc., Carol Allen will talk to the Club on “Soil Mixes for Houseplants and Container Gardens.” You will learn exactly what you are buying in that bag of potting soil, why one is cheaper than another, and do you really need mycorrhiza? ....and what the heck is it! Carol will bring samples for you to compare and will talk about how water, substrate, and air come together to help you grow your plants.

Carol, who describes herself as a “committable plant-a-holic,” has over twenty-five years’ experience in the horticulture industry, with special interests in Integrated Pest Management, landscape design, native plants, tropicals of many kinds, and especially orchids. She enjoys helping people understand how to care for their plants and as many know, holds a monthly orchid diagnostic/repotting clinic in Beltsville, MD.

After serving a term as supervisory horticulturist at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, Carol returned to college and earned a degree in horticulture. She went on to complete her master’s degree in plant science at the University of Maryland, with a dissertation on orchid viruses. Carol teaches a wide range of horticultural topics and biological sciences at local colleges and universities and frequently speaks to plant groups and societies. She grows a varied range of plants in and around the home that she shares with cats, anoles, tropical frogs, tropical fish, and pet snakes.

Come and enjoy an informative and interesting talk. Please bring a snack to share, a recycled name tag and a friend. This talk is free and open to the public, but you are welcome to join or renew your 2017 membership in the Takoma Horticultural Club.




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

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


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