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September 20, 2008

Pumpkins are topic at twilight meeting

KEEDYSVILLE - University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers will host a pumpkin and sweet corn twilight meeting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road.

Researchers will discuss how to start a pumpkin patch and share the results of the pumpkin research project at Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville. Information about the Bt sweet corn research project also will be presented.

For information and directions, go to www.wmrec.umd.edu.

Two-part workshop aimed at gardeners

BOONSBORO - A two-part "Woods in Your Backyard" workshop will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 2, at Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. The workshop will teach local homeowners how to create beautiful, natural backyards that attract wildlife and enhance both privacy and value.

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The cost is $20 per person or $25 per couple and includes a book and CD. To register, call the extension office at 301-791-1504.

Pawpaws featured on Audubon Society's trip

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a trip the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 28, in Carroll County, Md.

The trip will be led by Neal Peterson of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., who is an expert on the native tree.

Owned by Jim Davis of Westminster, Md., the orchard is comprised of about 1,300 trees of select varieties from Peterson's 25-year breeding project.

The visit to the orchard will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a presentation by Peterson about the history and uses of the pawpaw. Davis will lead a tour of the orchard. Fresh pawpaws will be available as well as pawpaw ice cream.

The orchard is about 1 1/2 hours from Harpers Ferry and carpooling from there will be available.

The trip is limited to 15 people and advance registration is required.

To register and get carpool instructions or directions to the orchard, call Sheri Fedorchak at 304-876-8432 or e-mail stelladogg@hotmail.com.

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