The next meeting of the Belfast Garden Club will take place Tuesday, March 20, featuring a discussion lead by Fedco Seeds bulb specialist Kip Penney.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. following a brief public club business meeting, which starts at 1 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.

Kip Penney has worked at Fedco Seeds for more than 20 years and has been the flowering bulb and seed garlic catalog coordinator for seven years. His area of expertise includes perennial bulbs from early blooms such as tulips, narcissus, and crocus, to summertime favorites daylilies, peonies and garlic.

Kip will discuss growing bulbs; when to plant and expect blooms, and how to care for them after they’ve bloomed. He will also share any exciting news he’s discovered previewing the 2012 June catalog. Bring your questions, Kip has the answers!

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. It offers monthly public meetings in winter, spring and fall. The meetings begin with brief attention to club business, followed by a short presentation by a Garden Club member on an environmental or conservation topic.

This month member Martha Laitin will present, “Slug it out: Some valuable solutions to a sluggish problem.” After a break, featuring snacks and finger foods provided by the Hospitality Committee, Kip Penney will lead the discussion on bulbs.

The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining more than 12 public gardens in the city. In 2010 a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation was used to improve the garden around the Chapel at Grove Cemetery.

The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project and an annual education scholarship.

Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year-round.

For more information, visit belfastgardenclub.org, email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com or call Dana Carey at 338-4786.