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Adkins Arboretum offers “Homegrown” Series

Adkins Arboretum offers “Homegrown” Series

Programs with Elizabeth Beggins begin January 11th

Learn the basics of producing food—from poultry to vegetables to gardening with kids—when writer and educator Elizabeth Beggins offers a three-part “Homegrown” series at Adkins Arboretum. The director of The You Food Project, a grassroots initiative designed to connect youth to food and the environment, Beggins believes that health depends on a keen understanding of what we eat and that our choices as consumers are vital to sustaining ourselves and our planet. The series includes:

Backyard Chickens
Fri., Jan. 11, 10 a.m.–noon
Admit it. You’ve considered getting a few backyard birds for months, but up to now, you’ve chickened out. Poultry keeping is both easier and more rewarding than you might imagine. Join Beggins for a program on the merits and methods of owning a small flock of chickens. With the proper preparations, you’ll soon find yourself more attracted to keeping chickens than you ever dreamed possible.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Fri., Feb. 8, 10 a.m.–noon
Little is more satisfying than growing your own food. Except eating it!  Best for novice gardeners, this class will teach the basics behind raising your own produce. Beggins will discuss what to plant, when to plant it, and where to get it; equipment needs; soil building techniques; and recipes for garden success. Make this the season for your vegetable garden dream to finally come alive.

Growing with Kids
Fri., March 8, 10 a.m.–noon
Children are innately curious, and few opportunities hold as many exciting possibilities for discovery as spending time in a garden. Adults, whether family or friends, serve as a gateway by creating time and space for the young to explore the abundance of life that can come from the earth. In this final session of the “Homegrown” series, Beggins will provide ideas for kid-friendly gardening projects that are sure to inspire growers of every age.

The “Homegrown” series is $15 per program or $35 for the three-part series for members or $20 per program or $45 for the series for the general public. Registration is required at or by calling 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, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” 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.