May Garden Affair

Anyone who loves the renewal of spring has a once-a-year opportunity in the Garden Affair in Centreville on Saturday May 22, 10AM-2PM. Sponsored and staffed by Certified University of Maryland Master Gardeners, the event offers anyone — novice and experienced gardeners, parents, kids, residents of house or apartment, trailer or estate — a fun and educational time held in a shady green space behind Wright’s Chance in Centreville.

Learn about bees, pollination, honey production and collection with beekeeper Walt Geggis.  Or introduce kids to the pleasures and rewards of gardening with a pizza garden. What exactly is a pizza garden?  Simple: it’s a garden shaped like a pizza (because it’s made inside a kiddie pool), and divided into ‘slices,’ which hold tomato plants, pepper plants, onions, basil, oregano – all the garden-fresh toppings for pizza

From 10-12, get your plant disease and pest problems diagnosed with “Ask a Master Gardener’ with Master Gardeners Sabine Harvey and Mary Allen.  Don’t let the little ones miss 10:30 story-time with Storyteller Allison inside the Centreville library.

At 11AM, join Master Gardener & Master Composter, John Ittu, for a seminar on composting theory and practice.  There will also be a demonstration of Vermicomposting, an easy way to compost vegetative kitchen waste, even in an apartment, and a special treat for boys since it consists of boxes of wiggly squiggly worms.

At NOON, kids will enjoy the Scavenger Hunt with Youth Coordinator Master Gardener, Pat Bowell and Master Gardener, Annie Ittu.

At 1pm, join Master Gardener John Ittu again he discusses rain barrels.  Homemade or bought, rain barrels are a boon to gardeners; in addition to being Bay-wise and purse-savvy, using rain water produces better results than chlorinated water.

Also at 1PM, Master Gardener Rachel Melvin will do an interactive kid-friendly seminar called: Who Polluted the Bay?

There will face painting, a craft table, a plant table (very reasonably-priced), and a booths on container gardening, herb gardening, beneficial bugs, shoreline plantings, and much more. Members of the Kennard Elementary Ecology Club will be there ready to discuss the native-plant swale they planted by the school.