The Master Gardeners and Calvert Library have been offering free classes for many years.  According to Master Gardener coordinator Denise Moroney, “More and more people are deciding to grow their own vegetables, host bees or simply make the most of their natural surroundings through butterfly gardens, native plantings, environmentally-smart fertilizing. The Master Gardeners love sharing what they’ve learned from their own experiences and classes.”  Between the Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and other volunteers that embrace nature, there will be 25 classes and a May 5 plant sale in 2018.  You can find the complete list on the Calvert Library website (  Most are taught on Saturdays from 10am to 11:30am at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, but at least one event will be hosted at each library branch as well as at the Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick.

The series kicks off with the very popular Seed Exchange on Saturday, January 20, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Registration begins at 9:30am. Gardeners can bring their unused or saved seeds from the last five years to trade and learn from fellow gardeners.  There are always plenty of seeds and many interesting varieties to try so come even if you only have a few to share. The exchange does not accept PVP, GMO or chemically treated seeds. Check out Calvert County Master Gardener Facebook page for a few other guidelines.

Some of the other topics being offered this year include companion planting, attracting pollinators, understanding your plants’ needs (Did Your Plant Die or Did You Kill It?), healing gardens, container gardening, pesticide use, birding, invasive plant ID, herb spiral, designing with bulbs and more.

A couple of special evening events in the series will be held at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. On Thursday, February 22, at 6:30pm, MNCPPC Naturalist Greg Kearns will share his beautiful photos of ospreys and discuss their biology, nesting, migration and other interesting facts about this “unique species of raptor.”  On May 9, Greg Bowen, American Chestnut Land Trust Executive Director, will talk about the work land trusts do to save rural landscapes and the Bay.

If you are growing your own food, you are probably a foodie and possibly a locavore so you might be interested in joining Calvert Eats Local. You can join free by contacting Robyn Truslow at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291. The winter potluck is Monday, January 22 at 7:00pm at Chesapeake’s Bounty in North Beach. Bring your plate, utensils, cup and napkin for a truly “green” experience!

For details, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.