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Check out our latest newsletter and 2016 Calendar of events!

The Takoma Horticultural Club presents

THC's Bulb Sale

Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Takoma Street Festival on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park

This year THC's annual bulb sale will feature bulbs particularly well suited for the Takoma Park area. We will have deer and squirrel resistant bulbs as well as naturalizing bulbs, including varieties of daffodil, species tulips, allium (ornamental onions), crocus, and the native camassia. Paper whites and several "members' favorites' will also be on sale.

Members get a 10% discount on beautiful imported bulbs of many kinds and colors, so check your dues status with Carole Galati (cagalati@rcn.com)

Coming Up Next
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, on "Bringing Nature Home to Takoma Park"

Saturday, October 15 at 4pm at the Takoma Park Community Center. Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of the widely-acclaimed book BRINGING NATURE HOME as well as THE LIVING LANDSCAPE, will speak on the topic of "Bringing Nature Home to Takoma Park" at the Takoma Park, Maryland municipal building on Maple Ave on Saturday, October 15 at 4 p.m. Dr. Tallamy is professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and a renowned speaker on the subject of biodiversity and native plants in homes and gardens. His talk is free and open to the public, and he will sign books after the presentation.

This event is being co-sponsored by the City of Takoma Park and members of Natural Takoma, a collaborative effort including the Friends of Sligo Creek, Historic Takoma, the Takoma Horticultural Club and the Takoma Park Tree Commission. This event is free and open to the public.

THC MEMBERS-ONLY* Fall Plant Exchange

Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 3 pm at Heffner Park, on Oswego Avenue. For Members Only!

The Fall Plant Exchange is Sunday, October 16, at Heffner Park, 42 Oswego Ave. The actual exchange starts at 1:30, so bring your labeled plants by 1:00 so we can make sure they are properly labeled, sort them and be ready to begin on time. The best labels include: Latin name, common name and plant requirements.

Since we each tell the group what we have brought, it speeds things up if you bring a list of your contributions… you can bring one plant or several. Pot up your plants now and keep them watered so they look good for the exchange. Last minute potting up can result in pathetic looking plants. Make sure the plants you bring are not considered invasive, such as common orange daylilies or English ivy. Do some research (Google) if you are not sure.

No plants to exchange? No problem! You are welcome to bring finger food, snacks, beverages and garden related items, such as gardening books, tools, interesting clean pots, garden art, cuttings, seeds, etc. We never have enough chairs, so bring a folding chair if you can.

Here are the categories we use to organize the plants: Groundcovers, Grasses and Vines; House Plants/Tropicals; Perennials-Shade; Perennials-Sun; Trees/Shrubs; Annuals; Seeds/Bulbs/Cuttings; Vegetables/Herbs; Pond Plants and Miscellaneous Garden Items.

We might be selling bulbs left from the Street Festival. Details about this will be posted after October 2.

*You are welcome to join the Club or renew at this event. Joining: the cost is $18 for the rest of 2016 plus all of 2017. Please bring a check for $18, made out to THC. The form is on our website: www.takomahort.org There will be no cash at the Exchange. Renewing: for 2016 is $12. Check with Carole Galati (cagalati@rcn.com) if you are not sure about your membership status.

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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