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GARDEN DATEBOOK

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page H06


A butterfly perches on a wildflower. (Trish Bunton / Ap)

Wildflower Celebration at Brookside Gardens on Saturday offers a lecture, plant sale and tours. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., shop for plants. At 10 a.m., see native plants for a butterfly or hummingbird garden. At 11 a.m., find woody natives in the landscape. At noon, see herbaceous spring wildflowers. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., author Melanie Choukas-Bradley describes wildflowers, shrubs and trees that bloom in spring and summer at Sugarloaf Mountain. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org. . . . Lectures at Green Spring Gardens Park include container gardening and coping with weeds. Tomorrow, from 1 to 3 p.m., "Vegetable Gardening in Containers" offers suggestions from a horticulturist about growing herbs and vegetables. Fee: $35, registration required. On Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., "Weeds: Identification and Removal" explains common annual and perennial weeds and methods for controlling or eliminating them. Dress for outdoors. Fee: $10; registration required. 703-642-5173. www.greenspring.org. . . . An ikebana exhibit opens tomorrow through May 1 at the National Arboretum. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, see a display of Japanese floral arrangements by members of Ikebana International. One-hour demonstrations will be held at 1 p.m. on April 23, 30 and May 1. 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523. www.usna.usda.gov. . . . A spring garden tour at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on Saturday offers a chance to see the latest blooms. At 10:30 a.m., meet at the visitors' center. 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court. Free. 703-255-3631. www.meadowlarkgardens.org.

J.J. McCoy


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