Spring is finally here!

We are planning to really enjoy this spring!
We will be getting out into our own gardens and enjoying the flowers
at parks and along the roadside.
As We Enter 2022 We Plan on Getting Back to our Usual Schedule. 

We will continue to be watchful, and hopeful that things will continue to improve.  Although it was a new experience meeting virtually - and we had some great programs - we are eager to get back together - face to face and work on our many projects

Some of our hallmark events that have been held or are being planned.

        Past Meetings:

  • We held our Annual Plant Sale in conjunction with the Port Tobacco Market Days on May 21 (rain date for the very wet May 7th).  Members and friends brought plants from their gardens and yards as well as bedding plants grown from seed.  A huge Success!

  • On May 10th, 30 members and guest experienced the beauty of Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens.  Since the gardens were planted for the spring and fall, we were in awe of the Estate and then enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Merriweather Cafe.  The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day.

  • Our April meeting was held at the Veteran’s Museum was a delight!  we were thrilled once again by Mike Burch of Potomac Floral Boutique. He shared mechanics and containers, and
    created beautiful May baskets.

  • March brought our Annual Meeting at Swan Point Country Club.  New officers were installed and we enjoyed getting together for comradery and a great lunch.

  • In February we  learned about "Tablescapes – Design and Dining" at the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park.  Ann Lines inspired us with stunning designs made from unusual household items used in new and unique ways.

  • January brought bad weather and a rise in COVID-19 cases in the county, so we were back to zoom. Our guest speaker Jason Bruegger, of the Alexandria Bee Company, who provided a fascinating program about bees, hives, local honey and candles. He and his wife Christina, and young children, are busy as bees with their family business. Check out their very interesting website www.alexandriahoneyco.com.

  • In December, we gathered to make over 400 small arrangements for the Veterans at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.  For two days we shared friendship and enjoyed the Christmas Spirit as we worked to accomplish our goal.  The Veterans and staff were thrilled with the Christmas decorations 

  • The Annual Christmas Tea is a CCGC tradition and delightful way to spend a Monday afternoon during the holiday season.

  • Our August Meeting was held at the Charles County Fairgrounds.  We had a presentation by Lisa Gillespie on making arrangements to brighten up your living space.  It was great to see all the plant material that someone can gather in their own back yard.  She paired that with inexpensive flowers from the grocery flower counter and some unique containers to inspire us.

  • We met in May (responsibly socially distanced) on the grounds of the Port Tobacco Courthouse.  It was great to see everyone, and we not only had an interesting program but also recognized Abby Wills of La Plata for the first place state-level winner of the youth poster contest celebrating the 50th birthday of environmental icon Woodsy Owl.  Mike Callahan gave a fabulous program with two live owls, along with his discussions and door prizes of plants.  It was nice to be together again.

     

        Upcoming Meetings:

  • A new schedule of meetings is being compiled and promises to be the greatest year ever.

 

Activities:

  • Our May Plant Sale at Port Tobacco Market Days is scheduled for May 7th  in conjunction with Port Tobacco Market Days.  We will have plants., trees, and vegetables for sale.

Spring Flowers & Sunshine

If you would like to share your garden scenes virtually, please send your pictures to ccmdgardenclub@gmail.com.

We've added a Blog!

We would like to share 

some happy visions of Spring with our friends!

Pansies

Pansies

Melanie Coe

Iris

Iris

Melanie Coe

Pretty Pansy

Pretty Pansy

Melanie Coe

Denise Grote

Denise Grote

Pretty Flowers

Bonnie Rafer

Bonnie Rafer

Orchids

Betsy Parbuoni

Betsy Parbuoni

Side table arrangement

Judy Norris

Judy Norris

Lilacs and Magnolias.

Betsy Parbuoni

Betsy Parbuoni

Entryway arrangement

Judy Norris

Judy Norris

Brightening up her kitchen

Denise Grote

Denise Grote

A fitting arrangement for Ellerslie

Daffodils & Daydreams

Daffodils & Daydreams

Port Tobacco Courthouse

Bonnie Rafer

Bonnie Rafer

Orchids Orchids everywhere!!

Judy Norris

Judy Norris

An Arrangement for the living room

Judy Norris

Judy Norris

Wlcoming Frog

Denise Grote

Denise Grote

She got the orchid to rebloom!!

Daffodils & DayDreams

Daffodils & DayDreams

Port Tobacco Courthouse

Judy Norris

Judy Norris

Lilacs and Magnolia

Betsy Parbuoni

Betsy Parbuoni

Small arrangement on the top of a desk

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The Charles County Garden Club took the step to have a meeting online using  Zoom since the state was under a "Stay at Home" order.  It was our first chance to try the technology to update the membership on what was happening with the Spring Plant Sale.  In the meantime,  vegetable seeds that were started months ago will not be able to wait for that date , so we will come up with some way to get plants out to members that want them.      

Work is continuing on planning the Christmas Greens Workshop to make small container arrangements for those who have served our country. And the website (ccmdgardenclub.org) is up and running.  If you have pictures to share, please do, by sending to the email at ccmdgardenclub@gmail.com

Our latest project at the Port Tobacco Courthouse is a planting of daffadils and other spring bloomers.  If you didn't see it this year, a visit in Spring 2022 would be a great way too start the spring. The setting is peaceful at any time of the year, but they come alive in the Spring.

About Us

We work to stimulate interest in horticulture and civic improvement throughout the community; to aid in the protection of trees;, shrubs, wildflowers and birds; to encourage conservation and preservation practices in home community and State; to increase the members’ knowledge of and participation in artistic design; to provide ways for members to work together to accomplish goals and objectives in the spirit of fun and camaraderie; and to actively support the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.  and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in their programs.

Our Events

Our year begins in April after the Annual Meeting as we prepare for the upcoming year of gardening, community work, and fellowship.  Our activities include designing community gardens, holding an annual Plant Sale in conjunction with Market Days at the Port Tobacco Courthouse, sponsoring the Southern Maryland portion of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage every 3rd year, holding a Flower Show in conjunction with the Charles County Fair in September and hosting a Greens Workshop and Kris Kringle Market at the Fairgrounds the second weekend in December.

Club Goals   

  

  • To stimulate an interest in horticulture and civic improvements.

  • To aid in the protection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and birds.

  • To encourage conservation and preservation practices in home, community, and State.

  • To increase each member’s knowledge of and participation in artistic design.

  • To provide ways for members to work together to accomplish goals and objectives in a spirit of fun and camaraderie.

  • To actively support the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in their programs.