Adkins Arboretum Announces October Programs

Adkins Arboretum is offering a full slate of education programs in October. Programs include:

Noon Tea in the Trees Journaling
Sat., Oct. 2, 11 a.m. public guided walk; noon Tea in the Trees Journaling session
Free with admission
Take a break for an informal Saturday morning walk. Stroll through the Arboretum’s varied habitats—delightful places to gather ideas and impressions. Then return to the Visitor’s Center or Nursery for tea and homemade goodies and a chance to see your ideas germinate into language during a brief free writing session. Bring your favorite pen or pencil and a small journal or notebook. Plan to attend the next time and add more thoughts to your journal. No previous writing experience necessary.

Suburban Subsoiling: Saving the Bay One Lawn at a Time
Wed., Oct. 6, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 members, $15 general public
This workshop introduces “suburban subsoiling,” the combination of deep soil ripping with aggressive organic compost amendment, as a sustainable landscaping practice to restore hydrologic function to the Bay’s pervious landscapes. This practice holds great potential to turn every yard, lawn, and transportation median into a high performing infiltration structure. Simple field protocols to evaluate the compaction and infiltration condition of yards, lawns, and pervious land uses will be demonstrated and introduced as part of a grass roots effort to characterize the hydrologic performance of the Bay’s urban landscapes.

The program will be led by Stuart S. Schwartz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His current research includes hydrologic design and performance of pervious concrete, sustainable water resources management, and stormwater performance criteria for environmental site design.

Painting a Bountiful Harvest
Thurs., Oct. 7 and 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fee: $ 125 members, $140 general public
This two-day course taught by artist Lee D’Zmura will focus on painting fall produce in watercolor and colored pencil. Each student will select his or her own subject matter and prepare preliminary studies prior to class. The emphasis will be on creating colored renderings. Watercolor techniques including color mixing, washes, lifting, and enhancement with colored pencil will be demonstrated. A materials list will be provided.
Soup ‘n Walk: Search for Fall Colors that Dazzle the Eye and Whet the Appetite
Sat., Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
$18 members, $20 general public
Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Menu includes roasted red pepper and corn soup, curried sweet potato and apple pilaf, spiced pumpkin bread with cream cheese and yellow cake with cranberry-blueberry glaze. Copies of recipes are provided.

Layers of the Forest Series
Thurs., October 21 and 28 and November 4, 10–11:30 a.m.
Fee: $10 members, $15 general public per session; $25 members, $35 general public for all three programs in the series
Ecologist Sylvan Kaufman will lead this three-part series that looks at forest ecology from the perspective of different layers in the forest. From the ground to the treetops, plants and animals create a living mosaic. The natural history of each layer will be emphasized; participants will examine how plants and animals adapt and interactions among the living creatures in the layers. Some classes will be held partially or entirely outdoors, weather permitting. Programs include The Ground Layer: What’s Going Down in Leaf Litter? on Oct. 21; Eye Level: The Main Attraction on Oct. 28; and The Canopy: Intercepting Energy for Life on Nov. 4.

Plein Air Painting
Sat., Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fee: $75 members, $90 general public
Learn how to capture the beauty of nature’s changing fall colors on canvas under the guidance of local art educator and artist Dawn Malosh. Participants will learn about composition, color, basic acrylic painting techniques and the joy of “plein air” painting while composing their own original rendition of the Arboretum in its fall splendor. Light buffet-style lunch provided. All materials included in fee.
Photographing the Fall Landscape
Sat., Oct. 30, 8 a.m.–noon
Fee: $40 members, $50 general public
Discover and photograph fall colors at the Arboretum. Learn and apply landscape techniques for creating striking images while learning composition and photo enhancement. The workshop includes a classroom digital presentation, an illustrated handout, and shooting sessions with the instructor. The program also will introduce stitching (panoramas), focus stacking, and combining multiple images for creative effects.

Instructor Joshua Taylor Jr. has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as for public gardens, preserves, and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks at camera and garden clubs.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register online at, e-mail, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.