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Homestead Gardens’ 2019 Spring Kickoff Weekend

Apr 5th, 2019 - Apr 7th, 2019

Make Plans to attend Homestead Gardens 2019 Spring Kickoff Weekend!

The store will be filled with fresh plants that are ready for gardeners to use for every gardening solution. You will find in stock a wide selection of summer bulbs and vegetable seeds, complete seed starting kits with grow lights, fruit and nut trees, flowering trees and shrubs, patio furniture, organic soils and all the other products you have come to expect at Homestead Gardens each year.  Take advantage of in store specials for garden rewards members and receive myrtle money on every purchase. Ask our associates about the Homestead Gardens guarantees on trees and shrubs. There will be book signings, special activities and great food from Beards Creek BBQ with their famous BBQ sandwiches, sides, beverages and more.!

Friday April 5, 2019

Homestead Gardens rewards members will find a store full of products fresh from the farm and savings on dozens of in-store specials.

At the Davidsonville location:

3:00 – 5:00 PM will be a media, garden communicators and bloggers event.

5:00 – 8:00 PM will be an open house during which our customers and the community can come to see the new changes, sip wine, enjoy beautiful flowers and connect with old friends while finding those one-of-a-kind garden products.

Saturday April 6, 2019

At the Davidsonville location, you will not want to miss the all-star lineup of celebrity garden speakers. Featured speakers include

9:30 – 10:15 AM – Tony Dove, Winning Landscapes Using Essential Natives Trees and Shrubs 

Tony Dove

Appreciation for native plants and sustainability has grown as natural lands become more fragmented. Some plant communities face extinction. Native plants are the keystone for beneficial insects, birds and mammals. Properly grown, selected, and placed native trees and shrubs guarantee long term rewards, with less maintenance and more aesthetic appeal.rubs”.

Tony Dove is an experienced lecturer and educator focusing on Horticulture and Landscape Management. He has received national and international awards in over 50 years of managing and consulting with public and private gardens from New York to South Carolina. Dove retired as the horticulturist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He has served as the director of the Clark Botanic Garden, horticultural director at Tryon Palace Historical Sites and Garden, and chief horticulturist and chief of environmental facilities and programs for Anne Arundel County, MD.

11:00 – 12:00 noon – WTOP’s Mike McGrath,  Grow Your Best Tasting Tomatoes EVER! 

Mike McGrath

Tired of tasteless tomatoes? Envious of your neighbor’s big juicy Love Apples? Tomato lover supreme Mike McGrath, Garden Plot editor for WTOP, host of the syndicated Public Radio show “You Bet Your Garden”, and author of a book solely about the tastiest fruits of summer, will reveal the tricks and tips you need to be a tomato taste-test winner in this fast-paced workshop, focusing on the importance of correct planting, feeding, watering and support, with a special emphasis on common mistakes to avoid when growing big, tasty tomatoes in containers. Here’s tip #1: Start saving your eggshells now!

Then come to the workshop and Mike will tell you why! Mike McGrath is the Host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden, Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC, Contributing Editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine, Former Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine and the Author of books on Tomatoes, Compost and Kitchen Gardening.  Mike’s appearance at Homestead Gardens is made possible by The Espoma Company, makers of organic plant foods and potting soils. 

1:00 – 2:00 PM  – Val Rollins, retail specialist Proven Winners,  Landscaping for Success and 100% Satisfaction.  

Laura LeBoutillier

Valerie Rollins

She will be joined by a very special guest with special guest Laura LeBoutillier of Garden Answer, who will be doing live questions and answers from her garden in Oregon.

Each year consumers make choices for their landscape that can make their enjoyment increase or decrease.  Consumers who better understand their options when making plant selections for their outdoor living space usually find they increase their enjoyment.  The enjoyment exceeds single emotions based on the flower colors to include how their selections impact their home, community, family and all the natural elements they touch daily. Planning a landscape takes an understanding of how trees, shrubs and perennials are the flesh and bones of the gardens and how they need the accents of flowers to complete the job.

Valerie Rollins from Four Star Greenhouse in Michigan will explain how annuals, shrubs and perennials are used in the landscape. You will hear about the best plant combinations for different spaces as well as what the latest trends. Learn how Proven Winners uses genetics to select for hardiness, garden and container performance, and longevity.

3:00 – 3:45 PM Garden-to-Vase Floral designer Dana O’Sullivan from DellaBlooms, Planning the Perfect Cutting Garden. 

Dana O’Sullivan

Join Dana as she describes how to select the perfect plants every garden needs to provide the fresh flowers that will make every room seem like it is always springtime. From spring to fall find the right mix for every vase.

Also, on Saturday April 6 at both locations will be our annual Chicks on the Loose. Chicken enthusiasts can select and welcome new chicks into their homes, gardens and coops. Choose from a wide selection of breeds, colors and egg sizes; hear from experts on backyard care and find amazing products that make chickens healthy, fun and rewarding.

Education sessions at Davidsonville location: 

10:00 AM – 4 PM Children’s Corral – crafts 

10:00 AM – 4 PM Vendors’ Coop – networking, product information 

10:15 – 11:00 AM Chicken Supplements: Do you need to supply extra calcium, grit and herbs for your flock? Janet Garman, Author and poultry farmer

1:30 – 2:30 PM Chicken Health Chad Cash,  Purina Sales Specialist

Sunday April 7, 2019

At the Severna Park location you will hear: 

11:00 – noon Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener magazine 

Kathy Jentz


This is a session just right for beginner and intermediate gardeners who are often overwhelmed by the long spring to-do lists of garden tasks. Don’t let a list get in the way of how you can enjoy gardening.  You will hear what chores are essential and which can you safely skip, tips and tricks, best plants for the mid-Atlantic and how to give them a successful start on life. Give your garden a head start by better understanding soil preparation and testing.

1:00 – 1:45 PM Garden-to-Vase Floral designer Dana O’Sullivan from DellaBlooms

Join Dana as she describes how to select the perfect plants every garden needs to provide the fresh flowers that will make every room seem like it is always springtime. From spring to fall find the right mix for every vase.