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February 2013

Gardening expert Rick Darke strives to create “liveable landscapes” using both natives and exotics

You won’t find the word invasive — at least in connection with plants — in gardener, award-winning author, photographer and consultant Rick Darke’s vocabulary. Meet him on March 2, when he makes the trek from his garden oasis in Pennsylvania to Annapolis, and you’ll hear about balancing natives and exotics in the garden. His talk and slide show come at just the right time for gardeners thinking about spring plantings.

Lefty Kreh’s Tiefest

Renamed this year for Lefty’s 88th birthday party, this annual celebration of the art of fly tying, the 11th, is bigger and better than ever. The event is free if you’re a member of Coastal Conservation Association or join at the door. Otherwise it’s $10. Rub shoulders with the best and most innovative fly tiers in the country, plus free fly-casting lessons for kids. Food and adult beverages on sale. March 9: 10am-4:30pm at Prospect Bay Country Club, 313 Prospect Bay Drive West, Grasonville: 202-744-5013 (Tony Friedrich);

Yellow Perch Appreciation Day

You and your kids are invited to join an annual celebration and yellow perch fishing tournament on March 2 at Community Park in Northeast, Maryland, starting at 9am. ­Registration and additional information: 202-744-5013;

We pay our way; commercial fishermen should, too

Recreational fishing license fees have been increased twice in recent years to meet shortfalls in the Department of Natural Resource’s operating budget for the administration of recreational programs. As a result, DNR brings in enough money to fund its sport-fishing management, including police enforcement.

Snatch branches from pussy willows and flowering shrubs

Pussy willows are busting out all over. Forsythia buds are starting to swell as are flowering quince, cherries, almond, weigela and crab apples.     Cut those pussy willows ASAP and tie them in small bunches. Then hang them upside down in a darkened shed or garage so they will dry straight. If you dry them standing, the catkins will bend outward and separate from the stems more easily. Do not put the stems of fresh-cut pussy willow in water.

Across time and cultures, the night skies tell the story of the seasons

The waning gibbous moon rises in the late evening at week’s end, and by the time of last-quarter Tuesday it doesn’t rise until almost 2am. Thursday the 28th, the moon appears within a fraction of a degree from blue-white Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Spica’s return to evening skies is a sign that spring isn’t far behind. In Greek lore, Virgo is the goddess of fertility, grieving half the year for her daughter’s return from the underworld.

St. Patrick's Irish Festival

Event Date:  March 17, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm St. Patrick's Day Celebration for All! St. Mary's Irish Festival with Mark Forrest, International Irish Tenor, bagpipe virtuoso Hal Cummings, Irish Step Dancers, and more. A musical experience for all ages. Tickets $35 Advance; $45 at Door. For information email: or call Linda Trott at 301-627-3255. Website: (Park at St. Mary's Church, 14908 Main Street, Upper Marlboro - shuttle buses will take you to event 2 mins. away)
4-horsepower Mariner outboard motor. Used one season. Like-new condition. $500. 410-257-9012.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 9:30-9:50am: Ages up to 2 hear stories and songs;rsvp. • 10-10:30am: 2- to 3-year-olds practice listening skills and make crafts;rsvp. • 10:45-11:30am: Stories, songs and crafts for families;rsvp. • 2-3pm: K-3 hear stories and make crafts;rsvp. Severna Park Library: 410-222-6285 • 9:30am: Babies to 2 years hear stories, songs.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Broadneck Library: 410-222-1905 • 10am: Babies to 2 years hear stories and songs. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770 • 10am: Babies to 2 years hear stories and songs. Crofton Library: 410-222-7915 • 9:30am: Ages 18 months to 3 years hear stories. • 10:30am: Ages 3 to 5 hear stories. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 9:30-9:50am: Babies to 2 years hear stories, songs and more;rsvp.