Crofton’s Winning May Baskets – 2014

Crofton Village Garden Club May Basket Celebration - 2014

Did you have a chance to drive around Crofton yesterday and see all the beautiful May Baskets? Twenty-seven residents, youths, businesses, and club members participated in Crofton’s 50th Anniversary celebration by displaying May Baskets. Club members were not eligible for awards.

Photos of the winners in each category are posted below. You can click on the photo to enlarge it.

WINNERS - YOUTH CATEGORY 1st Place - 1852 Marlow 2nd Place - 1852 Marlow 3rd Place - 1768 Regents Park Road



Residential 1st Place - 1753 Urby Drive 2nd Place - 1506 Pearl Ave. 3rd Place - 1703 Urby Drive



BUSINESS CATEGORY 1st Place: Black-eyed Susan Florist 2nd Place: TLC (Made by Black-eyed Susan) 3rd Place: Long & Foster REALTORSr


Watch for additional photos to be posted throughout May under the PHOTOS tab of this website, as time permits. You’ll be impressed by the creativity and talent in our community!

Many thanks to everyone who participated.

Updated list of participants, May Baskets 2014

Christmas Around the World – in Annapolis

Christmas Around the World – Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis, Maryland

Visit Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis, this week, for their annual holiday season open house.  Local garden clubs have decorated various rooms of the historic house, built in 1774, to represent different Christmas traditions around the world. “Mexico” is the theme for our club.

Tours are available through December 31, between noon and 3 p.m., except Monday.  Regular tour prices apply – i.e., $7/adults, $6/seniors, and $4/kids. According to the website,  tours include an overview of the history and architect of the house, the families who lived there, and collections contained within the museum. Visitors may also visit the exhibition gallery and holiday greens sale, until all greens are sold

This annual holiday event is a fundraiser for Hammond Harwood House and a wonderful opportunity for local garden clubs to collaborate and show off their talents.  It’s a highlight of the holiday season for many families, and you don’t want to miss it.

Crofton Village Garden Club at Hammond Harwood House - 2013

Crofton Village Garden Club at Hammond Harwood House – 2013

While you’re in Annapolis, check out the beautiful decorations at State Circle.  The holiday wreaths are another project of local garden clubs, including Crofton Village Garden Club.

Photos Copyright: Joan Miller


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Reserve Now: White House Christmas Tour

It’s not too early for Crofton Village Garden Club members to plan your tour of the White House during the 2012 holiday season.  In fact, the time IS NOW.

Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland (FGCMD) will sponsor a Holiday Tour of the White House and the Botanical Gardens. The date and time will be assigned by the White House and announced sometime in November.

If you would like to attend, please click on  REGISTRATION FORM and provide the information required for security clearance. Send it with your check for $50 made payable to FGCMD to Sylvia Deck, PO Box 934, Severn, MD  21144-0934.

A package of tour information will be sent to registrants via email at least one week prior to the bus trip, including a map, directions and instructions on where to park, as well as instructions on what you are allowed to bring to the White House. Unfortunately, there can be no refunds and no substitutions after your information is submitted to the White House for clearance.

Point of Departure:  Marley Station Mall – 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD.   Bus departure will be determined by the time assigned for the White House tour.



Crofton Garden Club Installs New Officers

New President, Sally Moore, with Founding Member Bernie Robertson.

Sally Moore will be the new President of Crofton Village Garden Club for 2012-2013.

Sally chaired the fabulous flower show held last Spring, At The Library, and she has served in a number of other offices and roles for the club.

Outgoing President Harriet Kiilehua will be the Parliamentarian, in accordance with the club bylaws. Other officers include 1st Vice-President Marcia Richard, 2nd Vice-President Pat Stevenson, Recording Secretary Glenna Kidd, Corresponding Secretary Jean McLaughlin, and Treasurer Ute Alford.

A few other photos taken at this meeting can be found on the PHOTOS page of this website.

March Calendar for Crofton Village Garden Club

March will be a busy month for Crofton Village Garden Club, with three luncheon meetings and several other activities.

  • March 5 -  Islands of Aloha Philadelphia Flower Show, District III bus trip
  • March 6 -  Philadelphia Flower Show, Chartwell Garden Club Bus Trip
  • March 6 -  Edible Gardening – Fruits, 10 a.m., Homestead Gardens (Golden Spades Meeting)
  • March 7 -  CVGC Meeting and Installation of Officers, 11:00 a.m., Crofton Country Club, Crofton, MD
  • March 9 -  District II Annual Meeting and luncheon, Comfort Inn, Bowie, MD, hosted by LaPlata Garden Club
  • March 9-11 - Who Dunnit, Districts III & IV Flower Show at the Home and Garden Show, Timonium Fairgrounds
  • March 13 – The End of the Rainbow, Flower Design Class with David Shover, 6:00 p.m., A Blooming Basket. Pre-registration and fee required
  • March 16 – Ikebana International, Chapter 118, 11:00 a.m., Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD
  • March 20 – Londontown Symphony Annual Spring Gala, 6-8 p.m., Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, MD ($35)
  • March 27 – Showtime, Federated Garden Club of Maryland (FGCMD) Annual Meeting, Turf Valley CC, Baltimore, MD
  • March 27 – Dinner and a Show, a Small Standard Flower Show, 11:30-2:30, Turf Valley C, Baltimore, MD
  • March 28 – CVGC Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m., hosted by Pat Stevenson
  • March 30 – Preview Party – Art in Bloom, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • March 31 – Art in Bloom, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • March 31 – Native Plants: Design and Maintenance, with author Tracy DeSabato-Aust, 9 a.m., Four Rivers GC & Unity Gardens.
  • March 31 – Springtime Floral Design Workshop and the History of Tulips, 10 a.m., Cylburn Classroom
  • March 31-April 15 -  Spring Display at the Rawlings Conservatory     

Register for Flower Show School Course III (April 24-26) – Click here.
Register for Christmas bus tour to the White House and Botanical Gardens – Click here.

If you’d like to become a member of Crofton Village Garden Club, click on the contact tab at the top of this website to request more information.

December 2011 Garden Club Calendar

Crofton Village Garden Club members look forward to sharing some of the beautiful homes and holiday decorations in our community with our neighbors.  The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland doesn’t any events scheduled on their calendar yet, but check out the calendar at Homestead Gardens, Behnkes Nurseries, Hammond Harwood House, and other sites of local interest.


7          Crofton Village Garden Club Meeting and Holiday Luncheon

11       ” A Crofton Village Christmas” House Tour

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everybody!

Garden Club Helps Out at Crofton Library

Crofton Library was a busy place on Saturday, November 5, with several worker bees from the Crofton Village Garden Club weeding beds near the main entrance and spreading mulch purchased by the club for the library.

Veterans and new members worked side by side on this, one of our new community service projects.  (Click on photo to enlarge it.)


CVGC November 2011 Calendar

Crofton Village Garden Club Members, you’ll want to take note of these events posted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland on their calendar for this month:


2          Crofton Village Garden Club meeting, 9:30 a.m. – Our annual “Tribute to Veterans” floral workshop

2          District I Flower Show – “The Land of Pleasant Living – Maryland’s Eastern Shore”, The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown 905 Gateway Dr. Chestertown MD

12        Kent Island Garden Club Fund Raiser 1:00 p.m.  Fire Hall

13        Crossroads GC Annual Greens Show 2:00 p.m. Women’s Club 31 S Prospect Street Hagerstown, MD

18        Ikebana International Chapter 118 11:00 a.m. Greenhouse Classroom Cylburn Arboretum

19        “Williamsburg Design Show” 1:00 p.m. sponsored by LaPlata Garden Club Grace Lutheran Church, 1200 Charles Street, La Plata, MD. The show includes quality vendors and refreshments. Tickets: Carole 301-392-9736

REMINDER:  Our HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR is December 11, 2011.  Do you have your tickets yet?

Herbs from the Garden… Hmmm, Hmmm, Good!

Maria Price came to the October meeting of Crofton Village Garden Club armed with herbs in pots, baggies and other containers for members to pass around and enjoy their aroma.  The proprietor of Willow Oaks Flowers and Herb Garden had lots of information for us, including recommendations of how to use these spices.

The beautiful scent of Lavender, for example, reportedly relieves stress.  Who couldn’t use that?

Towards the end of Maria’s presentation, members were served herbal tea that had been brewing throughout the meeting.  Reaction to it was mixed, but there’s no doubt this was a perfect ending for an informative and educational program.

Honoring the Men and Women Who Serve will be our programs next month.  Anna Dixon and Bernie Robertson will assist members in creating 120 arrangements for the Veterans at Loch Raven VA Rehabilitation Center.

October 2011 Garden Club Calendar

Crofton Village Garden Club Members, you’ll want to take note of these events posted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland on their calendar for this month, with a few recent additions:


5          Crofton Village Garden Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

14        District II Semi-annual Meeting Comfort Inn, Bowie, MD

21 -23  C.A.R. Conference hosted by FGCMD  The Call / Conference Registration Form, Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, MD 21204

27     “In Honor of Seiko Behr”hosted by Oxford GC at Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum Baltimore, MD  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. featuring Midori Tanimune and Kyoko Petersen; $15 donation  Phyllis Gaiti 410-226-5922 Information

29-30  Symphony of Mums, Sponsored by the National Chrysanthemum Society, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA Information

31-2     Landscape Design School Course III sponsored by NCAGC

Don’t forget to check this month’s calendar at Homestead Gardens.  ‘Lots going on over there this month!

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO COMMITTEE CHAIRS:  The deadline for getting your Award Applications to Marcia Richard is October 24, so she has time to get them in to State, due November 1.

September 2011 Garden Club Calendar

Crofton Village Garden Club Members, you’ll want to take note of these events posted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland on their calendar for this month:


6          State Office Opens

7          Crofton Village Garden Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m.

9          District II Board Meeting Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Severna Park, MD

10         Tomato Festival at Homestead Gardens (postponed to this date due to Hurricane Irene)

13        State Board Meeting

15-17   WCGC Standard Flower Show “A Day at the Beach”- Ocean Pines Library Ocean Pines, MD.  Contact Marion Novack 410-641-8234 or Doris Lloyd 410-641-6278

16        Ikebana International Chapter 118 11:00 a.m. Greenhouse Classroom Cylburn Arboretum

21        Landscape Design Council Meeting 10:00 a.m. Chartwell Country Club Severna Park, MD

22-25   St. Mary’s County Annual Standard Flower Show

28        Judges Council Meeting in conjunction with Flower Show School

28-30   Flower Show School Course II, Bowie, MD

As you can see, our first meeting of the year on September 7 is included.

Art Blooms at Annmarie Garden This Weeend

Annmarie’s Sculpture Garden and Art Center will be the site of a three-day show featuring the work of floral designers from across the region.  This event, co-sponsored by Calvert Garden Club, will take place all day Friday thru Sunday, at 13480 Dowell Road in Dowell, MD 20629.

According to the announcement, “Each floral designer is assigned a work of art in the Main Gallery and asked to create an arrangement inspired by the art.  The results are  surprising, beautiful, and provocative – and not to be missed. “

While tickets are required for the opening reception, Friday from 7-10 p.m., admission to the show is free, except for park admission ($3/adult, $2/seniors).  Based on the photos from last year (Click on the link), it should be quite impressive.  In fact, I’m impressed they hold this show for three full days, after the recent experience of our standard flower show on a single day.  It’s a lot of work to plan and execute a flower show!

Annmarie Garden is a sculpture garden which integrates the natural setting and works of art along walking paths.  The land was donated to Calvert County in 1991 for this purpose, and Annmarie became a member of the Smithsonian Institutions Affiliations Program in 2003.  As a result of this affiliation, the Garden has been able to borrow more than twenty-five pieces of sculpture from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorm Museum & Sculpture Garden. There is also an arts building and studio school, which opened in 2008, and that is where you’ll find the flower show exhibits.

So yes, Ladies, there will be air conditioning and protection from the weather.  What a fun field trip this would be for some of our members, and the drive is only about 90 minutes.


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