NEW MEETING PLACE
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: St. Margaret’s Church, Parish Hall
1601 Pleasant Plains Road
Volume 10--Issue 10 Annapolis, MD 21409
For More Information Call:
Anne Arundel County Cooperative
INDEX Extension Office at 410-222-6757
November Guest Speaker ............... .............. .......... 1
November Entrance Exhibit ........... .............. .......... 2
The Coordinator’s Corner............... .............. .......... 2 “THE LATEST IN BIO-PESTICIDES”
Welcome 2006 Intern Class ............ .............. .......... 3 Gene Sumi
Master Gardener Mentors ............... .............. .......... 3
Conservation Council Conference .. .............. .......... 3 Homestead Gardens
News Release—Emerald Ash Borer .............. .......... 5 Davidsonville, Maryland
Communicate with MG s ................ .............. .......... 5 Gene Sumi is the Educational Coordinator at Homestead
Gardens, a full-service garden and outdoor living center,
Forest-Wildlife Outreach Program . .............. .......... 5 located in Davidsonville, MD. Gene’s primary
An Easy Way to Communicate with MGS .... .......... 5 responsibility is to manage educational programs offered by
Holiday Party Planning ................... .............. .......... 6 Homestead Gardens to its customers and staff. These
include garden seminars and talks, on and off the nursery,
MG Fall Training Trip .................... .............. .......... 6 coordinating school and other children’s tours at
Holiday Party Raffle ....................... .............. .......... 7 Homestead Gardens, as well as our Golden Spades
Program, a gardening group of for senior gardeners.
Composting/Native Plants .............. .............. .......... 7
Address Changes ............................ .............. .......... 7 We could say that Gene grew up in a gardening
environment. In fact, it was the family business. He started
State Planning Meetings ................. .............. .......... 7
working at an early age in his father’s landscape gardening
IMCG Conference .......................... .............. .......... 9 business in Garden Grove, CA. After graduating from high
school in 1963, he got his first job as a nurseryman to pay
his way through college. The work at L&M Nursery in
Costa Mesa and Anaheim, CA, required him to work in THE COORDINATOR’S CORNER
every area of the nursery, not only with plants, but as a
cashier, deliveryman and even cleaning bathrooms. Mike Ensor, Coordinator
After graduating from Chapman College in 1967, he
Fall has arrived with the brilliant fall colors and Master
enlisted in the U.S. Army. He received a commission in the
Gardener activities continue to flourish. Intern Master
Corps of Engineers through Officers Candidate School at
Gardeners are deep in training and on November 9 will be
Fort Belvoir, VA. He later transferred to the Signal
taking their final exam followed by a pot luck luncheon.
Corps. Gene enjoyed his time in the military, which
Please welcome our 31 new interns. This year in Anne
allowed him to garden in many interesting places in the
Arundel County we are initiating a new mentoring type
world. His final assignment was with the First U.S. Army,
program for our interns. Several of our Anne Arundel
at Fort George G. Meade, MD, just south of Baltimore.
Master Gardeners are working together to help put this new
Following his retirement in the rank of major in 1989, Gene
mentoring type program in place. With this new program
went to work in the defense electronics industry as a
Master Gardeners will be rotated to all Master Gardener
purchasing manager. In 1993, he took a horticultural sales
projects over their intern year and will enable all new
position at the Behnke Nurseries Company in Beltsville,
interns to complete their 40 hours of service. Also Master
MD. He started in the Woody Plants department and later
Gardeners will have a year to see what all the projects are
became the nurseries’ Customer Service Manager. In 1996,
about and in succeeding years will have a better feel for
he assumed the duties of Staff Horticulturist, which allowed
selecting the two or three projects that they want to devote
him to provide helpful gardening information to customers,
their time to. Much thanks goes to John Conners, Marietta
train nursery staff in retail nursery skills and offer programs
Schreiber, Ralph Beedle, and Susan Smith .for their
in various horticultural subjects.
teamwork approach in making this possible. Also much
Gene joined the staff of Homestead Gardens in the spring thanks goes to all our Master Gardeners who have been
of 2002, as its Garden Horticulturist. Although he retains asked to serve as advisors (mentors) to our new interns.
many of his horticulturist duties, Gene was appointed Also this new pilot program will serve as a model for the
Education Coordinator in August, 2004. In addition to his state program.
Bachelor of Arts in History, Gene holds a Master of Arts
As Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season draws near our
degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of
focus on Master Gardener activities tend to hibernate. So
America. His is a Maryland Certified Professional
now is a good time to get a head start on project reports,
Horticulturist and is an adjunct instructor in horticultural
project proposals, and reporting hours. On December 1,
subjects in the Continuing Education Division at Prince
2006 all End of the Year Project Reports for 2006 and
George’s Community College.
Project Proposals for 2007 are due. Also, please submit all
Gene and his wife, Jan, live in Severn, MD. They have two your hours as soon as possible. Hours submitted after
married daughters, Michele and Anne, and two grandsons, December 31, 2006 will not be counted for the database.
Bryce and Jason.
Upcoming events in addition to all of the project work
include the Annual Holiday Master Gardener Party
scheduled for December 12 at St. Margaret’s Church Hall;
Entrance Exhibit: the Annual Mandatory February Meeting scheduled for
February13 at St. Margaret’s Church Hall; the International
Master Gardener Conference scheduled for May 2-5, 2007
Magnolia Tree Identification in Little Rock, Arkansas; the State Master Gardener Day in
at London Town. May at the University of Maryland: and the Annual Anne
Pat Horm, London Town Arundel Master Gardener Open house.
Again in the upcoming year Anne Arundel Master
Gardeners will have the opportunity to work at the State
Master Gardener Booth at the Maryland Home and Garden
Show in March and the Maryland State Fair in August.
Please review future newsletters to keep posted on the are delighted to have seventeen mentors from various MG
specific dates and times of the above mentioned events. classes who volunteered for this effort.
Also hold the dates of August 11-17, 2007, to take the Kathleen Cornell Barbara Crispin
Coastal Main Botanical Garden Expedition. This will be an Carol Dowling Elaine Flanagan
Anne Arundel Master Gardener Expedition that has been Kay Ford Karen Gomes
put together by Alice Mutch who is one of our Anne Judy Graham Susan Kinsley
Arundel Master Gardeners. Details are currently being Nancy Landers Ann Leipold
worked out and the agenda of the trip will soon be Dorothea Oliff Bonnie Pavlak
announced. Diane Scherer Marietta Schreiber
Pat Thompson Judy Wilson
As you can see much is happening with the Master This is intended to be a fun project and in the best interest
Gardeners and I truly appreciate how our Anne Arundel of the interns with the primary effort to be a contact
group takes on that leadership and shines across the state FRIEND to the intern. Basically, it is to answer any
and the country. I am so thankful for all that our Master questions and to give reminders about the MG activities.
Gardeners do and with that in mind I wish that each of our But, in order to keep the program lighthearted, this project
Master Gardeners and their families have a BLESSED and will be known as the Maryland Master Gardener Guru or
HAPPY THANKSGIVING. M2G2 for short. This evolved after reading the definition
of a Guru in Webster's: "A person who acts as one's
teacher and guide in matters of fundamental intellectual
WELCOME MASTER GARDENER INTERNS concern."
CLASS OF 2006
Joyce Anderson Suzanne Betz
Woody Boyd Michelle Corkadel Chesapeake Conservation
Debra Diddlemeyer George Anne Diehl Landscape Council
Donald Droneburg Linda Droneburg http://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/>;
Patricia Empey Ann Fischer http://www.chesapeakelandscape.org/.
Susan Guyaux Therese Hester announces
"Turning a New Leaf" Conference
Christine Johnston-Scee Diana Keener
Anne Kennedy Leon Kestenbaum Friday, November 3, 2006
Barbara Kestenbaum Noreen Krispin 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Diane Mairs Allison Murphy Bethesda, Maryland
Claudia Ploor Sandra Porterfield
Catherine Salam Sheri Sandoval The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping
Linda Smith Deborah Stevens Council is a coalition of individuals and
Julia Thackrah Barbara Tibbs organizations dedicated to researching,
Rose Ver Elst Mary Wyatt promoting, and educating the public about
conservation-based gardening and landscaping
practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
MASTER GARDENER MENTORS We appreciate your support!
M2G2 Alice Neily Mutch,
Marietta Schreiber, MG
The Anne Arundel Master Gardeners are happy to
announce a mentor program for the 2006 intern class. We
citizens who live in and travel through Prince George's
County can help: " Don't move firewood - buy it where you
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MARYLAND burn it. Hauling firewood is the most common way for
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE damaging plant pests to move from one area to another. In
addition, the state quarantine prohibits anyone from moving
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE hardwood firewood or any other ash tree materials out of
Prince George's County. " Don't plant ash trees south of Rt.
4 in Prince George's County. While people can still legally
CONTACT: Kate Wagner, 410-841-5888
plant ash trees in other parts of the county, alternate tree
Homeowner Tip and Surveillance Activities Find New
species are recommended for residential landscaping. "
Emerald Ash Borer Presence. Citizens Urged to Help
Report any signs of the emerald ash borer to the University
Stop the Beetle in Prince George's County.
of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center at 1-
800-342-2507 or the Maryland Department of Agriculture
ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 18, 2006) - The Maryland at 410-841-5920.
Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed a new
emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) detection in a Since 2003, efforts to eradicate the insect have included the
homeowner's ash tree in the Brandywine area of southern collection and destruction of all trees sent to Maryland from
Prince George's County. This dangerous invasive pest from the Michigan nurseryman, destruction of all ash trees
Asia feeds on and kills ash trees, an important landscaping within a ½ mile radius of the introduction point, and three
and forest tree, in one to three years after infestation. An years of surveillance, which detected no additional emerald
earlier detection of the pest was made in August 2006, ash borers until now.
prompting the issuance of a county-wide quarantine Presence of the emerald ash borer typically goes undetected
prohibiting the movement of all hardwood firewood, ash until trees show symptoms of being infested - usually the
trees and ash products out of the county. These affected upper third of a tree will thin and then die back. This is
trees were discovered during survey and eradication efforts usually followed by a large number of shoots or branches
begun after the detection of the insect in Maryland in 2003, arising below the dead portions of the trunk. Other
when a Michigan nurseryman illegally shipped infested symptoms of infestation include: small D-shaped exit holes
trees to a Prince George's County nursery. in the bark where adults have emerged, vertical splits in the
bark, and distinct serpentine-shaped tunnels beneath the
"We are grateful for the cooperation of homeowners and bark in the cambium, where larvae effectively stop food
citizens in Prince George's County to help us control and and water movement in the tree, starving it to death.
eradicate this destructive pest," said Agriculture Secretary Maryland's nursery and greenhouse industry accounts for
Lewis R. Riley. "We are working together with our federal, $303 million of the state's $1.4 billion agriculture industry.
state, and local partners, but we rely upon cooperation from Ash is the most common tree in Baltimore City with
the community to follow the quarantine restrictions to approximately 293,000 trees and accounts for about six
report signs of possible infestation." million trees in Baltimore and surrounding counties. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that losses
The existing quarantine prohibits anyone from moving ash could exceed $227,568,000 in the Baltimore area alone if
trees or any hardwood firewood into or out of Prince the emerald ash borer were to become established.
Georges's County until further notice. MDA is currently Additional Resources: Emerald Ash Borer (multistate
surveying the area south of Rt. 4 to locate all ash trees. The effort in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana):
results of the survey will determine the necessary course of www.emeraldashborer.info
action and scope of tree destruction and pest surveillance.
The accepted protocol used in Maryland and the other
impacted states is the removal and destruction of all ash Maryland Invasive Species Council:
trees in defined areas followed by on-going surveillance.
In order to help stop this damaging beetle, homeowners and rer.html
Maryland Department of Agriculture: A FOREST-WILDLIFE OUTREACH
Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Candicé Rockwood, MG
www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/forester/eab.asp Two of our Anne Arundel Master Gardeners plus one 2006
intern were part of a Covert Retreat in western Maryland
USDA APHIS: www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ep/eab/ 21-14 September. No! This was not training to assist with
USDA Forest Services: http://na.fs.fed.us/fhp/eab/ the national security program! The Olde English term
PHOTO, White ash tree: ―Covert‖ (kuh’-vert) refers to ―a thicket that provides
sheltering habitat for wildlife.‖ The purpose of the Coverts
Project, supported by the Ruffed Grouse Society, is for
individuals who embrace a forest stewardship ethic, want to
PHOTO, Green ash tree:
learn more about sound forest management and are willing
www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/fpennsylvan to share what they learn with private forest landowners.
For a secluded weekend Marilyn Bandy, Candicé
Rockwood and Rose Ver Elst joined 17 other participants
at Shepherd’s Spring in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Our rustic
lodging was dormitory-type cabins (complete with bunk
beds). Meals and snacks were tasty, varied and plentiful.
After several lectures the first evening, we were treated to a
WANT AN EASY WAY
search and discovery of bard owls – a fine retreat
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR
FELLOW MASTER GARDENERS? Educational presenters were from the Department of
Natural Resources, Extension Specialists from University’s
If you would like an easy way to send a message out of Maryland and West Virginia, Covert Cooperators, and a
to the whole MG group or see messages sent by forester consultant. We learned about wildlife and forest
others, think about joining our Yahoo MG email stewardship, timber management, and woodlot recreation
group. This is a way for anyone to send or respond
concepts. Terms were tossed around as if we knew the
to messages or announcements (separate from the
language! ...stratification, shade tolerant, habitat frag-
newsletter). All you need to do is to let me (Robin
Costas) know you want to be on the list …send me mentation, silviculture, clinometer, food plot, succession.
an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afternoons were ―a walk in the woods.‖ These field
And, there is more….if you want to be able to access sessions gave the opportunity for hands on, up close and
the Yahoo MG website…all you need is a yahoo ID. personal activities ranging from forestry tools utilization to
(This is separate from the HGIC MG website.) timber thinning examples to examination of grouse
There you will find a list of all of our members and drumming sites to history of the forest to species
their e-mail addresses, and see all of our past identification, and more.
correspondences. If you are interested, I can send
you more information or even help you get set The information materials obtained and resource contacts
up…just let me know! provided will be used by The Woods in Your Backyard
project volunteers. Materials will be available for all to
Robin Costas review and share as on-site visits are conducted. Check out
MARYLAND COVERT PROJECT
MASTER GARDENERS’ FIRST
HORTICULTURE TRAINING TRIP
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
August 11-17, 2007
Alice Neily Mutch, MG
How would you like to take a Master Gardener’s
Tuesday, December 12 horticulture trip New England and get training hours while
enjoying the beautiful gardens and coastline? We will travel
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. by comfortable and well equipped bus with no more than 5
hours of travel per day. In route we will start with an
Saint Margaret’s Parish Hall overnight visit to the historic Wayside Inn and a tour of the
New England Wildflower Society’s famous Garden in the
1601 Pleasant Plains Road Woods. We will continue on to Maine through Portland,
(at Saint Margaret’s Road) Brunswick, Bath, and Wiscasset enjoying glimpses of the
coast and other personally narrated points of interest
Annapolis, MD 21401 arriving at the historic Sprucewold Lodge at Boothbay
Harbor. Here we will visit the 248 acre Coastal Maine
The Holiday Party Committee is once again working Botanical Garden and attend an educational program hosted
hard to make this year’s party one you won’t want to by the Maine Master Gardeners. Side trips include visits to
miss! Meet your friends and celebrate another Camden’s Park, originally designed by Fletcher Steele and
successful season of Master Gardener activities. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the famous Monhegan Island,
We’ll have dinner featuring our own favorite recipes Maine’s Pine State Arboretum or Freeport’s LL Bean.
and some wonderful gift baskets and other raffle
prizes you’re sure to want to take home. The trip back to Maryland will include Portsmouth’s
famous Strawberry Bank, where we will take a course at the
We’re asking everyone to bring a dish to share at the Herb Garden. Traveling home along the beautiful Hudson
party. Please note the kind of dish we’d like you to River we plan an overnight stop at Hyde Park, Teddy
bring is determined alphabetically by your last name: Roosevelt’s home, and a visit to the Vanderbilt Estate
Garden, and supper at the Culinary Institute of America.
A-H…Hearty Main Dish
For accompanying non horticulturists, there will be a venue
I–L…Dessert of history, golf, antique trains and cars, fishing, lobstering,
whale watching, wind jamming, and great downeast food,
M–R…Salad or Side Dish horticulture, and history lectures throughout.
S–Z…Appetizer We must make commitments for lodging and other travel
arrangements early so we are asking you now for an
Watch the mail for your invitation! expression of interest which does not commit you. The
price for the trip includes bus fare, lodging and 14 prepaid
Please RSVP by December 1 meals and will be priced in the range of $1,000-1,400.
to Carol Proudfit If you are interested in joining us for this exciting trip to
(410-263-5802; email@example.com) learn more about New England gardens including what
skills are transferable to our region, obtain training credits,
enjoy delicious downeast food and the wonderful Master
Gardener camaraderie please let Carol Miller know
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1ST. If you want
more detailed information, contact Alice Neily Mutch at
email@example.com. We will provide final Immediately following the demonstration there will be a
detailed itineraries by December. wrap up meeting at 11:15 a.m. in the Visitors’ Center to
discuss this past season’s activities and recommended
Open to Master Gardeners, partners and sponsored friends. changes for next year.
Limit is 50 persons. Minimum age 16 years.
We will conclude our activities for the season by hosting
two groups of third graders for a special composting
demonstration tentatively scheduled for November 16.
HOLIDAY PARTY - BASKETS FOR
RAFFLE ADDRESS CHANGES
Have an idea for a raffle basket you (or a Help us keep you informed. If you change your address,
group of your MG friends) would like to donate
phone number and/or email address, or if you have just
for this year's Holiday Party on December 12?
Your imaginations are the limit! (And your come on line, please notify Ralph Beedle at
expenses are tax deductible!) firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year's baskets were great fun and a hit of
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to fix
a basket this year.
We still need more. Many Master Gardeners use a SPAM/Junk Mail filter
that screens email. One of the features of these systems is
Contact: Mary Young (Home: 410-923-0242, to send to the Junk Folder any mail from an addressee
Cell: 443-994-7159, email: that is not in your address book. If that is the case, please
email@example.com (new email) by add Rose Mary Swartwood at firstname.lastname@example.org and
November 30. Ralph Beedle at email@example.com to your address
book. Rose Mary sends the MG Newsletter and the MG
newsflashs. Ralph will send email concerning MG
COMPOSTING/NATIVE PLANT GARDENS
Susie Blackwell, MG
FALL STRATEGIC PLANNING
We would like to thank all MG’s who came down to the SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS
Composting/Native Plant Garden site on October 21 for the
tree planting in memory of fellow MG, Roland Van Please join us. For more information contact Robin
Allen. With a lot of team effort the 6-7' sweet bay Hessey at 410-531-1754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
magnolia was planted in an area adjacent to the native
gardens. Our tree will grow to graceful beauty and we hope All meetings listed below will take place at the Home and
it will brighten the day of those who look upon it just as Garden Information Center, 12005 Homewood Road,
Roland always brightened ours. Ellicott City, MD 21042
There is one more scheduled work session/demonstration Recognition, Recruitment, Retention Subcommittee
on Saturday, November 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. So if you
Monday, Nov. 6, 10-2, HGIC (directions below)
haven’t had a chance to come to one of our sessions this
season, come join us then. You’ll leave with a wealth of What's the best way to recognize the good work our MG's
information, a free composting bin and goody bag. are doing? Who should we be trying to recruit and how?
What's our MG retention rate and how can we improve
this? Should certain recruitment or screening processes be
standardized across the counties? Please join us if you are From Baltimore:
interested in improving the ways we recruit, retain and
recognize. Take 695 to 70 West. Follow for 5 - 6 miles. Take the exit
for Marriottsville Road. Turn left onto Marriottsville Road
Compost Subcommittee and follow for about 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Route 144
and make the first right onto Folly Quarter Road (approx.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, 10-2, HGIC (directions below) 1/4 mile). Follow for approx. 3.5 miles to traffic Circle.
Go ¾ of the way around and get onto Homewood Road.
This group has developed a state-wide Master Composter
Make an immediate right into the first driveway. Follow
Course, developed objectives for the MG basic training and
driveway to buildings. Conference rooms are in the first
is currently working on a composter’s survey card, and a
building you come to. HGIC offices are in the last building
revised chapter for the MG handbook and more! If you are
you come to.
interested in and have a desire to advance the cause of
composting, join us! From the Bay Bridge:
Directions to the Home and Garden Information Follow Route 50 to Route 97 north towards Baltimore.
Center, 12005 Homewood Road, Ellicott City, MD Take Route 32 West toward Columbia to the exit for
21042 108/Columbia. Turn right onto 108 and follow for about
one mile. Turn left onto Shepard Lane (first left after the
From Washington: Free State gas station). Follow for approximately 3 miles to
Take I-95 North to Route 32 West. Follow for a traffic circle. Turn right onto Homewood Road (first
approximately 8 miles to the exit for Route 108. Turn right possible exit off of the circle). Make an immediate right
onto 108 and follow for about one mile. Turn left onto into the first driveway. Follow driveway to buildings.
Shepard Lane. Follow for approximately 3 miles to a Conference rooms are in the first building you come to.
traffic circle. Turn right onto Homewood Road (first HGIC offices are in the last building you come to.
possible exit off of the circle). Make an immediate right
into the first driveway. Follow driveway to buildings.
Conference rooms are in the first building you come to.
HGIC offices are in the last building you come to.
It is the policy of the University of Maryland and
Maryland Cooperative Extension that no person shall
be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race,
color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, age, marital or parental status, or
disability. Equal opportunity employers and equal
IMGC Registration is Officially Open!
Come Celebrate Gardening in the Natural
May 2-5, 2007!
Arkansas is proud to present the agenda, registration forms, pre and post conference
information, speaker bios and garden tour information. Please go to: http://mg2007.uaex.edu/
Click on: Registration Information and you will see all the information you need to register.
In an effort to reduce expenses and put as much of our efforts into presenting a first class
event, we are doing registration via email and the web instead of printing programs. You may
choose to register on line using a credit card, or print out your registration form and mail it in
with a check.
Please share with all the Master Gardeners in your state or county.
Note: Early registration runs until December 31, 2006 and the final registration deadline is
April 1, 2007.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to seeing you all in Little Rock next May! We are going to have a great time!!
Janet B. Carson
Extension Horticulture Specialist