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 Evergreen Garden Club 

 2023-2024 Program Overview 

Note: The format for all meetings in member homes is as follows: Coffee at 10:00, speaker promptly at 10:30, business meeting at 11:30. Please RSVP for all meetings to Donna Roberts at wrobe22481@gmail.com and be sure to put “Evergreen” in the subject line so she can easily locate your response. (And please don’t “reply all.”)

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 10:30 am 

Oak Hill Cemetery, Lunch, plus optional visit to Mount Zion Cemetery (Historic African American cemetery) 

Location: 3003 R Street, NW – Georgetown, parking on 30th and R Streets. Restaurant- Bistrot Lepic, 1736 Wisconsin Ave, with parking on Wisconsin or S Street, NW. 

Mount Zion Cemetery, 27th and Q Streets, adjacent to Dumbarton House. 

Description: Members will gather at the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery at 10:30 AM for a partial tour of the cemetery with an emphasis on the Van Ness Mausoleum. Members may arrive at 10 AM to explore other parts of the cemetery first. Club member Jeannette Harper will provide a history of the Mausoleum and EGC’s contribution of $70,000 for the renovation of the Mausoleum in the 1980s. Following the tour of Oak Hill, members who wish to join for a Dutch Treat lunch will meet at Bistrot Lepic – reservations required. After lunch, anyone wishing to visit Mount Zion Cemetery is encouraged to do so. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 10:00 am 

Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter – with Bonita Condon, Master Gardener, PLUS 70th Anniversary Slide Show, followed by Business Meeting 

Location: Home of Doris Dixon, 3809 East West Highway, Chevy Chase, MD, parking in Doris’ u-shaped driveway (for up to 10 cars) or on Glendale Road (first street on left past her home). 

Description: Bonita Condon with the Montgomery County, MD Master Gardener program will discuss preparing our gardens for winter – answering the age-old questions: To prune and or not to prune? Mulch? Rake or let leaves remain? Let plants die back on their own to create habitats for insects and birds or clear them away? Fall planting, fall bloomers, soil amendments, best fall/winter practices to prepare our gardens for their spring glory. Following the presentation, the Evergreen Garden Club’s 70th Anniversary Slide Show will be debuted, followed by a brief business meeting. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 10:30 am 

Raindate: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 10:30 

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Fall Clean-up 

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Road, NW, Washington, DC 

Description: Volunteers will gather for a clean-up morning at the EGC garden within the beautiful and historic landscape of the 13-acre Tregaron Conservancy. A member of the Tregaron team will join the volunteers to share information about new plants and guide our efforts. Colet Mitchell is acting as our Tregaron liaison this year, so reach out to her if you have questions. 2 

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 10:00 am (note: second Tuesday, not third Tuesday) 

Holiday Arrangements Using Flowers, Vegetables and Fruits Demonstration with Gail Jacobs, Owner of Flower Craft Workshops 

Location: Home and garden of Gail Jacobs, 6619 Elgin Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817. Street parking on Elgin Lane, on both sides of the street. 

Description: Lecture/demonstration using fresh vegetables and fruits for containers, and components in floral design. Many of the designs and ideas will be used to create a tablescape for you to re-create at home for the holidays. Fee per person, TBD. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 10:00 am 

Virtual Tours of Members’ Summer Gardens – Maine, New Hampshire, Wisconsin 

Location: Zoom – link to be sent one week prior to meeting. 

Description: What could be more fun in January than to be whisked away for a discussion featuring Evergreen Garden Club members Anne Snodgrass, Dolly McKenna, and Mary Frances Koltes, with a virtual private tour of their summer gardens. They will share photographs of their gardens and discuss the different climates and plants that flourish in their “away” gardens. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:00 am 

“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” -- Discussion with Michael Gildea, CGM, Garden and Grounds Manager, Chevy Chase Club 

Location: Fossy Fenwick’s Home, 4001 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase. Street parking on Rosemary Street. 

Description: Michael Gildea will share secrets of the Chevy Chase Club’s rose garden, successful varietals for our area, year-round care, and pruning. 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 10:00 am 

Ikebana Unbound – Demonstration and Workshop 

Location: Winkie Crigler’s home, 4106 42nd Street, NW, Washington, DC. Street Parking on 42nd Street and Van Ness Street. 

Description: Bie Yie Fox studied Ikebana (translated as “living flowers”) while posted in the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She will discuss the history of Ikebana, with its origins in 6th century Japan, and lead a workshop, where each member will create a floral arrangement to take home using Ikebana philosophy and technique. Fee per person TBD. 

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:00 am* 

British Embassy Garden Tour and Orchid Greenhouse with John Sonnier, Horticulturist/Head Gardner 

Location: 3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW, parking details to be provided. 

Description: John Sonnier will lead us through the breath-taking formal gardens surrounding the Ambassador’s residence and provide us with a peek into the Orchid Greenhouse on the grounds. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 10:30 am * 

Raindate: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:30 am 

 

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Planting 

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC 

Description: Volunteers will gather for a morning of spring planting at the EGC Garden Plot with guidance from Tregaron Conservancy. Colet Mitchell is acting as our Tregaron liaison this year, so reach out to her if you have questions.  

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 10:30 am 

Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Hopefield preceded by a Tour of Claybrook Garden 

Location: Meet at 10:30 AM at Claybrook, 3209 Lost Corner Road, Delaplane, VA. Meet at 12:30 PM at Hopefield, Rosa Wallach’s home, 6763 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA. Carpooling encouraged – we will provide carpool sign-ups prior to the meeting. Detailed driving directions will be provided. 

Description: Feroline Higginson, owner of Claybrook, will lead us on a private tour of her garden beginning at 10:30 AM. Following the tour, members will proceed to Hopefield, Rosa Wallach’s historic home and garden, for a festive luncheon and end-of-year business meeting. Fee per person TBD. 

*These dates are firm at the time of publication but could be changed after the new year 

2022-2023 Evergreen Garden Club Programs

 

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022,10:00 am

Self-Guided Tour of United States National Arboretum, and Business Meeting

Location: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

Description: Members will gather at the Washington Youth Garden at 10:00 AM for a guided tour of the Youth Garden by Brianne Studer, Director of Programs, Friends of the National Arboretum. For members who wish to bring a picnic lunch and spend more time visiting the Arboretum, there is a pavilion with tables and seating nearby. 

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 10:00 am

City Blossoms

Location: Member’s Home

Description: Rafael Woldeab, Executive Director of City Blossoms, will speak to Evergreen members about how City Blossoms applies their unique brand of gardens, science, art, healthy living, and community building in neighborhoods where kids, their families, and neighbors may not otherwise have access to green spaces, so they “blossom."  

 

Thursday, November 3, 2022 10:30 am  

Raindate: Thursday, November 10, 2022 10:30 

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Fall Clean-up

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Road, NW, Washington, DC 

Description: Volunteers will gather for a socially distanced clean-up morning at the EGC garden within the beautiful and historic landscape of the 13-acre Tregaron Conservancy. A member of the Tregaron team will join the volunteers to share information about new plants and guide our efforts. 

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 10:00 am

Fall Flower Arrangement Workshop

Location: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

Description: Ami Wilbur, floral and event décor designer at Hillwood, Estate, Museum and Gardens, will lead an in-person, Fall Flower Arrangement workshop for members to create and take home their own beautiful arrangements. 

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 10:00 am 

Refreshing Your Landscape

Location: Zoom

Description: Zoom Panel Discussion from Evergreen Garden Club members Winkie Crigler, Doris Dixon and Susie Taylor, with pictures, on their own experiences refreshing their landscapes, each with a particular challenge, such as a new look for a front or back garden, or a new house without landscaping, as well as other needs and desires for a fresh look. 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 10:00 am

Nuts for Natives

Location: Member’s Home

Description: Shari Wilson of Nuts for Natives will speak to the members of the Evergreen Garden Club about native plants and which plants to add to our gardens to provide food and nectar for local pollinators and birds. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:00 am 

Pollinator and Bird Friendly Plants for your Garden

Location: Member’s Home

Description: Jeanne Braha, Executive Director of the Rock Creek Conservancy, will speak to the Evergreen Garden Club on how to incorporate native, pollinator and bird friendly plants into our landscapes as well as ridding our gardens of invasive species, such as English ivy. 

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 10:00 am

Guided Tour of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 

Location: 750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182 

Description: Members will take a guided tour of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, a botanical garden with large ornamental and native plant collections. Members may bring a picnic lunch. 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 10:30 am 

Raindate: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 10:30 am 

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Planting

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC 

Description: Volunteers will gather for a morning of socially distanced spring planting at the EGC Garden Plot with guidance from Tregaron Conservancy. 

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 11:00 am

Annual Meeting and Evergreen Garden Club 70th Anniversary Luncheon

Location: Home of Jean Barquin

Description: Members will socialize and enjoy a festive lunch.

2021-2022 Evergreen Garden Club Programs

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 am

Tour of the Bishop’s Garden, Washington National Cathedral and Optional Picnic Lunch

Location: 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016. Parking in the underground parking garage is recommended for visitors, due to limited parking on the grounds and in the neighborhood.

Description: Terraced into the south side of Mt. St. Alban, the walled Bishop’s Garden is the most intensely cultivated of the 57 acre Cathedral Close, land that once was the home and garden of George Washington’s registrar of the United States Treasury. An All Hallow’s Guild Member will lead Evergreen members on a one-hour tour of the garden, followed by an optional picnic lunch on the grounds.

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 10:00 am

Native Plants

Location: Likely Zoom

Description: Launching our theme of Native Plants is Joanne Hutton, who will speak on Supporting our Songbirds with Native Plants, and discuss the Plant NOVA Natives campaign and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia’s Wildlife Sanctuary programs.

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:30 am

(Raindate: Thursday, November 11, 2021 10:30 )

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Fall Clean-up

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Road, NW, Washington, DC

Description: Volunteers will gather for a socially distanced clean-up morning at the EGC garden within the beautiful and historic landscape of the 13-acre Tregaron Conservancy. A member of the Tregaron team will join the volunteers to share information about new plants and guide our efforts.

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:00 am

Fall Dried Flower Arranging Workshop 

Location: Zoom

Description: Jeanne Ha of the Washington Flower School will lead Members in a Zoom Workshop to create a Dried Fall Flower Arrangement to grace their homes during Thanksgiving and beyond. Based on a list of materials provided by Ms. Ha and working with Hidden Ridge Farm, bouquets will be assembled for interested members at a cost consistent with the materials cost for Amy Wilbur’s 11/20 workshop.

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:00 am

Refreshing Your Landscape

Location: Zoom

Description: Zoom Panel Discussion from Evergreen Garden Club members on their own experiences refreshing their landscapes, each with a particular challenge, such as a new look for a front or back garden, a new house without landscaping, the loss or removal of trees in the garden, as well as other needs and desires for a fresh look. Members on the panel will include Susan Vanderver, Colet Mitchell, Kathryn Donaldson Baker, and Cathy Farrell.

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:00 am

Backyard Eco-Gardening

Location: TBD

Description: Drew Asbury, Horticulturalist and Volunteer Manager of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will speak to members about ecological practices, including the use of native plants, at Hillwood and in residential gardens.

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 10:30 am

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Clean-up

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Kliingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC

Description: Volunteers will gather for a morning of socially distanced spring clean-up at the EGC Garden within with guidance from the Tregaron Conservancy.

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 10:00 am

The Art of Cooking with Lavender

Location: TBD

Description: Cookbook author Nancy Baggett will teach Evergreen members how to incorporate lavender into a variety of dishes, such as meats, creamy cheeses, certain vegetables and sweets. Recipe examples are Lemon-Lavender Muffins, Pork Chops and Apples with Lavender and Thyme, and Lavender-Ginger-Lime Cooler. A brief business meeting will follow.

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 10:00 am

Tour of Brookside Gardens

Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

Description: Evergreen Members will have a guided tour of Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County followed by a brief business meeting and optional Picnic Grove lunch. The award-winning 50-acre public display garden includes several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden, and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Brookside Gardens also feature two conservatories.

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 10 am Note: Dates to be confirmed in January 2022

Raindate: Tuesday, May 11, 2022 10:30 am

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Planting

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC

Description: Volunteers will gather for a morning of socially distanced spring planting at the EGC Garden Plot with guidance from Tregaron Conservancy.

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 10:30 am

Tour of Gunston Hall and its Restored Riverside Garden and Luncheon at Ann Mason Room

Location: 10709 Gunston Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Description: Evergreen Members will have a chance to travel to Gunston Hall, built between 1775-1779 by Founding Father George Mason IV and his wife Ann Eilbeck, to tour the Riverside Garden, a one-acre site overlooking the Potomac River restored to its 18th-century appearance. Features we will see in the garden include a window revealing part of the original 18th-century pathway in the center of the garden, new pathways throughout that follow the original layout of the garden, heirloom decorative and vegetable plants that were familiar to George Mason, and a large, 18th-century-style fence that links the mansion to the garden, just as it did during Mason’s life. Tours of the mansion will also be available, and members can stroll the property and see the family graveyard. There will be an end-of-year, short business meeting, followed by a seated, catered luncheon.

  2020-2021 Evergreen Garden Club Programs
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Welcome Coffee and Business Meeting

Location:  Members’ Homes Via Zoom

Description: The EGC Program year will open with a welcome coffee, followed by a short business meeting.  Co-Presidents Susan Vanderver and Cathy Farrell will moderate.  Each member will be given 3 minutes to introduce herself and discuss her best garden experience – whether at home or elsewhere – during pandemic.  That discussion will be followed by a short video garden tour and the business meeting.

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tour of Green Spring Gardens

Location:  4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA    

Description:  Members will meet at Green Spring Gardens, where they will break into groups for a socially distanced docent-led tour of the upper gardens and the restored 18th Century manor house, if it is open at that time. Green Spring Gardens, a national historic site, has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, and a horticultural reference library. The gardens focus on practical landscaping techniques appropriate for the Washington metropolitan area.  Members who wish to spend more time exploring may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the tour. 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:30 am  

(Raindate:  Thursday, November

12, 2020 10:30 am) 

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Fall Clean-up

Location:  Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Road, NW, Washington, DC

Description:   Volunteers will gather for a socially distanced clean-up morning at the EGC garden within the beautiful and historic landscape of the 13-acre Tregaron Conservancy.  June Broadstone, who co-leads the gardening volunteer group and maintains the garden throughout the growing season, will join the volunteers to share information about new plants and guide our efforts.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Fall Floral Arranging Workshop with Ami Wilbur

Location:  Members’ Homes via Zoom  

Description: At our November 17th Virtual Evergreen Garden Club meeting, Ami Wilbur, head of floral and event decor at Hillwood Estate and Gardens, will conduct a Fall Floral Arrangement Tutorial to lead us at home in making a lovely fall arrangement. Ami will provide a materials list a week in advance of what we will need to each create our own arrangement, based on her directions and guidance. Ami has assured us that the necessary flowers and greens will be available at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s grocery store.    OR

      Description:  That time of year thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang - Join your Evergreen Garden Club members for a Zoom Fall Floral Arrangement Workshop Tuesday, November 17, 2020, led by Ami Wilbur, head of Floral Design and Event Decor at Hillwood Estates and Gardens.

 

December 2020 - January 2021 – Break

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021   10:30 am, with Program beginning at 11 am

11th Street Bridge Park Project

Location:  Members’ Homes via Zoom

Description: Scott Kratz, Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park Project, will highlight news on the project , which is slated to open in 2023, along with information about the BBAR (Building Bridges Across the River) Farms.   Washington D.C.'s first elevated park will span the Anacostia River and serve as a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts.

iers of the old 11th

Tuesday, March 16, 2021   10:00 am

Investing in the Planet: How your Garden Can Help Save the Bees.

Location: Members’ homes via Zoom

Description:   Sam Droege is the head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program in Maryland, an organization that monitors the health and habitat of bees in the United States.

Special note:    Member Sharon Stoliaroff’s home is the former beekeeping station for the USDA and was featured on the cover of American Beekeeper in 1919.  

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021   10 am

Raindate:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021  10 am

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Clean-up

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC

Description:  Volunteers will gather for a morning of socially distanced spring clean-up at the EGC Garden within the Tregaron Conservancy, with guidance from June Broadstone.

 

Tuesday, April 20,  2021  10:30 am     CANCELLED, GARDEN CLOSED 

Tour of Gunston Hall and its Restored Garden

Location:

Description:  On April 20, 2021, Evergreen Members will have a chance to travel to Gunston Hall, built between 1775-1779 by Founding Father George Mason IV and his wife Ann Eilbeck, to tour the Riverside Garden, a one-acre site overlooking the Potomac River restored to its 18th-century appearance. Features we will see in the garden include a window revealing part of the original 18th-century pathway in the center of the garden, new pathways throughout that follow the original layout of the garden, heirloom decorative and vegetable plants that were familiar to George Mason, and a large, 18th-century-style fence that links the mansion to the garden, just as it did during Mason’s life.     OR

    Description: George Mason was not only the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that inspired the United States Bill of Rights, but a farmer and serious gardener. Join your Evergreen Garden Club friends at Gunston Hall in Lorton, Virginia on April 20, 2021 for a tour of the Restored Riverside Garden and picnic lunch.

Tuesday. April 20, 2021 10:00 am    SUBSTITUTE  TOUR
Tour of Hillwood Estate, Ave, NW, Washington, DC  20008
Description:   A small group of members took a self-guided, socially distanced tour of the Hillwood Mansion and its exhibit of The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky, followed by a ramble through the gardens and an outdoor lunch. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021    10 am

Raindate:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021   10:30 am

Volunteer Workday at Tregaron Conservancy – Spring Planting

Location: Klingle Road Entrance, 3031 Klingle Rd, NW, Washington, DC

Description:   Volunteers will gather for a morning of socially distanced spring planting at the EGC Garden within the Tregaron Conservancy, with guidance from June Broadstone.   

   

Tuesday, May 1, 2021   10:30 am   CANCELLED;  GARDEN CLOSED TO TOURS 

Tour of The Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral, followed by Evergreen Garden Club Picnic Lunch - CANCELLED: GARDEN CLOSED TO TOURS

Location: 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Description:  Join fellow members for a tour to learn about the restoration of the Bishop’s Garden. 

Terraced into the south side of Mt. St. Alban, the walled Garden is visited by thousands every year. It is the most intensely cultivated of the 59-acre Cathedral Close, land that once was the home and garden of George Washington's registrar of the United States Treasury. After the tour, enjoy a fun and, if necessary, socially distanced picnic lunch with your friends in the Bishop’s Garden or the All Hallows Amphitheater, giving us all a great chance to visit before summer begins.  Members may order box lunches from Open City Café in advance or bring their own. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:30 am    SUBSTITUTE TOUR 
Guided Tour of Hidden Ridge Farm, located in Maryland’s Agricultural Reserve in the rolling foothills of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Location: 23801 Peach Tree Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Description: Melane Kinney Hoffman started the flower and herb farm after twenty years of raising horses on the fifty acres with her husband. A lifelong gardener, Melane earned the Master Gardener certification from the University of Maryland Agricultural Extension, and has experimented with a wide range of perennials, annuals, shrubs, herbs and trees.  She and her team are focused on bringing free cut, sustainably and naturally grown, flowers to the local market. Following the tour, we will gather for a picnic lunch.   

              2019-2020 Evergreen Garden Club Programs

October 15, 2019 

Description:  Back in the Garden: The objective of this lecture is to educate attendees about common musculoskeletal injuries that occur from gardening and prevention of those injuries.  The lecture will cover spinal anatomy, healthy static and dynamic postures, ergonomic gardening tools, and assistive devices in the garden. 

 

Josh Dickstein is one of two physical therapists at Sumner Fitness, a full-service membership gym with a physical therapy practice, located in the Shops at Sumner Place in Bethesda.  Josh has 18 years of experience treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders with an emphasis on pain management and post-surgical rehabilitation.  Josh is a graduate of the University of Hartford.  Originally from New York, Josh came to the Washington, DC area in 2001 to work at Sibley Memorial Hospital prior to joining Sumner Fitness in December 2003.

Location: 

 

November 19, 2019

Description: The Role of Sculpture in the Garden: Award winning sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter, creator of 500 statues, gargoyles, and grotesques for the Washington National Cathedral and scores of other publicly and privately commissioned pieces in America and Great Britain, will present a slide show introducing us to his extensive work, how a sculpture is made (clay modeling, casting, stone carving), and his insights about how to choose and place sculpture for a garden.  To learn more about him and see examples of his extraordinary work, go to jayhallcarpenter.com. 

Location: Jane T. Dana, 3105 36th Street, NW Washington, DC 202-251-3567

 

January 21, 2020 

Description: Scottish Gardens: Although it’s winter we can still tour gardens! Join Margery Erickson for an hour-long video and lecture presentation on Scottish Gardens. Travel to stunning gardens displaying styles from the 1700s to today. You will traverse walled castle gardens, Victorian decorative gardens, naturalistic perennial gardens, innovative poets’ gardens and gardens of land art. Tour gardens like you’ve never seen before, including the remarkable Garden of Cosmic Speculation open by special permission and the inspiring contemplative garden of Little Sparta. Check out gardens of the New Perennial Movement and meet Mother Earth! Learn the fascinating stories of these gardens displaying the amazing artistry of the Scottish people.

Location: 

 

February 18, 2020 

Description:  Gardening in Urban Spaces: Meredith Sheperd, Founder of Love and Carrots will discuss how to get the most production out of your space given its challenges. She will talk about basic vegetable garden set up and placement, gardening with low light levels, gardening in tiny spaces, and common pests and diseases in these conditions. 

Location:  Betsy Forster, 5291 Partridge Lane, NW,  Washington, DC  202-364-3009

 

Special Note: Meredith founded her company in 2011 and built and planted 500 gardens in the DC Metro area. She has planted gardens in yards, porches, patios and rooftops. She won the 2013 Mayor’s sustainability award and Business Insider cites this business as one of the top 50 coolest businesses in America.

 

March 17, 2020 

Description: The Art of Cooking with Lavender: Cookbook author Nancy Baggett will introduce us to various kinds of lavender with a hands-on smelling and tasting of several good culinary lavenders, then enchant us with slides of lavender gardens and fields while covering basics of growing, harvesting, and readying culinary lavender buds for cooking. She will also introduce cooking techniques, and give out tasting samples, starter packets, and recipe cards.  Her cookbook will be for sale at a small discount at our meeting.

Location:  Home of Colet Mitchell, 1 Wyoming Court, Bethesda, MD. Cell-301-537-5153

 

April 21, 2020 

Description:  Investing in the Planet: How your Garden can Help Save the Bees. Sam Droege is the head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program in Maryland, an organization that monitors the health and habitat of bees in the U.S.

Location:  Home of Sharon Stoliaroff, 4823 Dorset Ave, Chevy Chase (Town of Somerset), MD 

Cell 301-785-6369, Home 301-654-2989

Special Note: Sharon’s home is the former beekeeping station for the US Department of Agriculture and was featured on the cover of American Beekeeper in 1919.

 

May 19, 2019

Description: Evergreen Garden Club Luncheon hosted by Jean Barquin

Location:      Home of Jean Barquin, 8525 Meadowlark Lane, Bethesda, MD 20816

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