Classes for growing native plants in Maryland
I have a brown thumb, but I would like to do my part to grow some native plants in my Maryland yard next year. I'm particularly interested in planting milkweed to attract monarch butterflies. Are there any local classes that are geared to absolute beginners? Thank you!
Hi - I encourage you to reach out to the Prince George's County Master Gardeners. They offer Plant Clinics where you can talk to Master Gardeners and get answers to your questions. They might also host talks or workshops of interest to you in the spring. The Master Gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of Maryland Extension. https://extension.umd.edu/prince-georges-county/home-gardening/master-gardeners
Milkweed plants can be grown from seeds (instructions here: https://monarchlab.org/biology-and-research/monarch-rearing/finding-collecting-and-growing-milkweed/) or you can start by putting in purchased plants. The Maryland Native Plant Society maintains a good list of native plant sources and sales. Most of the plant sales occur in the spring and you will probably find a better selection then.
We also have basic information on our website about how to grow and care for perennial plants such as milkweeds.
Sometimes public gardens and plant nurseries offer basic introductory workshops on gardening topics (check Brookside Gardens, US Botanic Gardens). "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden" by Tracy DiSabato-Aust is a great book for beginner gardeners and you can probably borrow it from your local library.
Thank you so much for your response! So many good options to check out!