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    October 23 , 2019 Meeting    
Carol Allen
“The Great Houseplant Migration”

Please join Beltsville Garden Club members for a Wednesday, October 23, 2019, meeting, 7:30 pm, at The James Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD.

Speaker Carol Allen will address the fall transition of our houseplants back indoors in her talk “The Great Houseplant Migration”.

Ms. Allen observes that the Washington Metro area is a tropical plant paradise from May through September. Most of us drag our dusty, tired houseplants outside in May and then are faced with the prospect of fitting them all back inside before October 15th. What can we do, or should we have done, to enable those trusty-dusties to endure another winter of dry air and low light? We will talk about the do's and don'ts of watering, to re-pot or not, fertilizer, what is good light, and pest prevention. Bring your questions!

Carol Allen has over twenty-five years of experience in the horticulture industry with special interests in Integrated Pest Management, landscape design, native plants, tropicals of many kinds, and especially orchids.

She earned a master’s degree in plant science from the University of Maryland, has been a supervisory horticulturist at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, and has taught a wide range of horticultural topics and biological sciences at local colleges and universities. Readers are informed and entertained by her column in the Washington Gardener magazine on pest issues.

Meetings are open to the public, there is no fee. Refreshments are served after the speaker’s program; we thank all attendees who contribute to the refreshment table, and who bring a plant or plant-related item for the door prize drawing.

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