Master Gardeners Series

The series of Master Gardeners presentations returns for 2020! Join us at Claret Hall for these FREE presentations from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Learn tips & tricks from experts that you can take home to your own garden!

Pre-registration is requested by calling 410-531-1749 or sending an email to

Here is the schedule of upcoming sessions:

Invasive Plants: What You Need to Know & Do About Them – Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Invasive plants seem to be multiplying every year and are a burden to every gardener. This presentation will talk about things you need to know about invasives and will inform you about ways to deal with them so you can make the right decisions for your landscape. Emphasis is on both ornamental plants and weedy species.

Frugal Gardener – Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. This talk discusses how homeowners can create a desirable and sustainable landscape while conserving on the use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. It also discusses controlling soil erosion and rainwater runoff plus composting garden and kitchen waste.

Strategies for Dealing with Weeds & Insect Pests in the Garden/Veggie Garden – Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. This talk covers 11 different insect pests and 22 (count ‘em 22!) weeds that frequently show up in veggie gardens and provides a lot of strategies and solutions for dealing with these invaders organically. It’s a fun and information-packed presentation.

Searching for Spring Egg Hunt

This beloved annual event for children ages 2-8 will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper’s Choice Village Center (5453 Harper’s Farm Road, Columbia). Children and their adult chaperones can participate in an egg hunt (bring your own basket), springtime-themed crafts, and enjoy entertainment with Daisy the Clown. Advance ticket required for this FREE event. Tickets are for Columbia-assessed residents only and have limited quantities.

Tickets will be available at the village office (Claret Hall) starting on Friday, February 28. For more information, call 410-531-1749.

The event is co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia. To find out more about your village, visit

Columbia Clean Up Day

Help keep River Hill looking its best! Volunteers are needed to come out on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-noon to collect trash from the Open Space area. Bring your family, scout troop, neighbors and friends. Service hours can be earned. Meet at Claret Hall at 10 a.m. that morning. Trash bags and gloves to use for the clean up will be provided.

Advance registration is requested. Call 410-531-1749, stop by Claret Hall, or email You will be asked to provide your contact info and tell us how many participants will be in your group.

Thanks for your help!

Trivia & Game Night

The Teen Advisory Committee is proud to present Trivia & Game Night on Friday, April 17 from 5-9 p.m. at Claret Hall. Grab your friends and family to come play board and card games, compete in trivia, and win prizes! Refreshments will be available. $5 per person; cash only. Pay at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the “Active Minds” organization to raise awareness about mental health. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is requested by calling 410-531-1749 or by email to