A Water Garden for your Deck

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This Water Garden photo comes from Vidya Nairin in her blog post, HOW TO SET UP MINI WATER GARDENS ON YOUR DECK.

Many of our members have only a balcony or small porch, so I thought it might be fun for some of us to try. Wouldn’t your family and friends be impressed to see this on your deck?

According to the author, you can create a water garden like the one pictured here for less than $50, using household and garden items available at your local box stores. For a complete list of materials and Vladya’s six “how-to” steps for making your own water garden, click on the link to her blog (above). 

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How to Use the CVGC Website

Library MembersCroftonVillageGardenClub.com is an essential element in promoting our club’s activities, in accordance with our club objective: To promote and carry out activities that will stimulate member and community interest in horticulture, conservation, and floral design. A secondary objective for the website is internal communication.

Whether you’re a new club member or a recent subscriber to the website, just think of this website as your online Yearbook because it contains the same information that is in the 2015-2016 Yearbook – but it’s updated more frequently than the Yearbook – and it’s online, so you can access it from anywhere at any time. But that’s not all…  there’s also a whole lot of information that you won’t find in your Yearbook, such as links in the left column to the websites of other garden clubs, organizations, public gardens, and vendors. 

The Home Page is stationary. The center section and right column simply provide a brief intro about the Crofton Village Club to visitors who may not be familiar with us. But let’s start at the top of the page, where you will see five tabs to help you navigate the website: 

ABOUT: If you hover over this tab lightly, a menu of links will appear that take you to the President’s Message, Programs, Projects, and the Calendar that appear in your Yearbook. If you know anyone who is thinking about joining our club, be sure to refer them to this tab on our website. Several new members have indicated that this was very helpful in their decision to join our club. This information was compiled with input from all of the Executive Officers and Committee Chairs, and provided to the webmaster by Yearbook Chair Bev Frye.

Linthicum WalksBLOG : Whenever a new article is posted to the blog, subscribers receive a notice in their email account. The Blog is updated more frequently than other sections of the website, in part because several members contribute content for posting. Did you see the post about TLC – The Linthicum Crew?  Nancy Percivall provided information about this ongoing project, as well as a photo of TLC at work. Click here to read it.

Doris Smith created a slideshow of photos taken at our 2015 Standard Flower Show. If you missed that post, click here to see it.

In fact, why don’t you click on the BLOG tab and scroll on down the page to view other posts… Topics range from recent meetings to educational material to information about our club’s fundraising efforts.

CVGC Adkins ArboretumPHOTOS: Photos submitted by club members are often posted to this section, but you will not receive an email notice about new photos… you just have to click on that tab periodically to see if you’re in any newly added photos. 

To share your photos on the website, please send the unedited digital file to Margaret Woda.

MEMBERS: If you hover over this tab lightly, a menu of links will appear that take you to our monthly newsletter, Seeds of Thought (provided monthly by Linda Childs), ByLaws (provided by Bev Frye), a list of Executive Officers and Committee Chairs (provided by Marcia Richard), and a pass-word protected PRIVATE directory of club members, including contact information (JoAnn Cook). The password for access to the PRIVATE directory can be found in your CVGC Yearbook on Page 36.

JoAnn personally updates this information frequently, adding names and contact info for new members and updates for anyone who notifies her about a new email address, phone number, or home address. This is the most up-to-date source for this information.

If you misplace your Seeds of Thought, just click on the link for the month you want… that issue will appear in living color on your computer screen.

CONTACT: This information is provided for non-members who want to contact the President, Membership Chair, or Webmaster.

But CroftonVillageGardenClub.com is not just for members! Our website provides ongoing exposure for the club’s activities within and beyond our community. This has no doubt contributed to new opportunities we’ve enjoyed in recent months and years for collaboration with the Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel County, local Home Owner’s Associations, Crofton Library, Friends of Historic Linthicum Walks, the Crofton Civic Association, and other community organizations.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to the website. It truly is a group effort by many club members! We hope everyone finds CroftonVillageGardenClub.com to be helpful and enjoyable.

Please encourage other members, as well as prospective new members, to subscribe for email updates.


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.


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