Beltsville Garden Club October 24 Meeting

Carol Allen - "What Your Mother Never Told You About Planting"

Carol Allen has been involved in many aspects of gardening and horticulture since childhood and likes to describe herself as a committable plant-a-holic.  She 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. Carol enjoys helping people understand how to care for their plants and holds a monthly orchid diagnostic/repotting clinic in Potomac and 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.  Fascinated by the interaction of pest and prey, she recently completed her master's degree in plant science at the University of Maryland.  Her research work is in transmission of virus diseases in orchids. Carol speaks to various plant groups and societies on a wide range of horticultural topics.  She can be heard at Brookside Gardens teaching organic gardening, speaking on building a butterfly garden at a local garden club, teaching master gardeners about houseplant care, or talking about pests and diseases at a regional orchid society.  Carol enjoys teaching people how to outwit their garden pests with little or no pesticide application.  Readers are informed and entertained by her column in the Washington Gardener magazine on pest issues.  Carol confesses to growing a wide range of plants in and around her home that she shares with cats, anoles, tropical frogs, tropical fish, and pet snakes.

For additional information contact Louise DeJames at 301 890 4733 or visit our Website, www.beltsvillegardenclub.org


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