Spring Open House

Cherish the Chesapeake

Saturday March 16th thru Sunday March 24th
Davidsonville Store 

More than a local treasure–it’s a lifestyle.

Join us in celebrating life along the bay as we kick-off the 2013 growing season with our annual Spring Open House. In our 40th Anniversary year, we chose to theme our premier event around something close to our hearts–the Chesapeake Bay, a local treasure. As a leader in the local green industry, we must also be a leader in the preservation of such an important resource.

We’ve turned our store into a seaside paradise for our customers–to explore, learn from and be inspired by…

What to Expect


From native plants and rain gardening to organic fertilizers, we’ll show you how you can take positive steps to help preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Come be inspired by our multiple displays reflecting new gardening and outdoor living trends!


In addition to scheduled seminars and workshops, there will also be displays provided by Marylanders Plant Trees, South River Federation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They will be here to stress the value of stewardship and the importance of a sustainable future.


Take what you learn home–one small, positive step can make a difference! Be a steward in the community and share with your neighbors and friends. Let’s make a commitment to work together to create a smarter, greener Maryland.

Weekend Schedules

We’ve booked leading experts in topics ranging from sustainable practices and preservation of the Chesapeake to outdoor living and gardening trends. Our schedule of seminars, workshops and demonstrations will not only educate and motivate, but inspire you. View the schedule below, and click to find out more.

*Note: Pre-registration is required for workshops. 

Saturday, March 16th

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  Seminars Workshops* Food Demos
10am Fruit Tree Care   McCutcheon’s
Tasting (All day)
11am Organic Lawn Care Earthbox®
12pm Avian Treasures of
the Chesapeake Bay
  Pizza Oven Demo
1pm Features & Benefits
of Patio Furniture
Kids Container
Planting–St. Pat 
2pm Sally Fallon: Doing Things the ‘Old-Fashioned’ Way…    
3pm Sustainable Agriculture
& Its Importance

Sunday, March 17th

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  Seminars Workshops* Food Demos
10am Creating a Backyard
Bird Habitat 
Tasting (All day) 
11am Tempting Tropicals Hypertufa Workshop  
12pm Rain Gardening: 101    
1pm Fishing on the Chesapeake    
2pm Problem Solving for
Lawn & Garden 
3pm Growing Citrus    

Saturday, March 23rd

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  Seminars Workshops* Food Demos
10am     McCutcheon’s 
Tasting (All day)
11am Orchids Kids: Little
Seed Garden
12pm Creating a Backyard
Water Feature 
  Weber Grill Demo
1pm Growing Grass
from Seed
Kids Container
2pm Nesting Habits &
Appetites of Birds
3pm The Nuts & Bolts of
Outdoor Entertaining 


Sunday, March 24th

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  Seminars Workshops* Food Demos
10am Repellents   McCutcheon’s 
Tasting (All day) 
11am Chesapeake Oyster Restoration Earthbox® Workshop  
12pm Living Shorelines:
Native Plants 
1pm Organic Cleaning Fairy Garden
Oyster Roast
2pm Backyard Chickens:
Set-Up & Prep 
3pm Lawn Care Basics    




New For 2013: Homestead Barnyard Debut

Our Spring Open House will be the debut of new animal friends at Homestead Gardens. This spring we are unveiling our Homestead Barnyard–home to donkeys and goats, rabbits and chickens. Children of all ages will be able to get up close to see the sights and smells and hear the voices that make up a real-live barnyard.

50 chicks will be at Open House to delight the children and kick-off our new backyard chicken program!