Department H - Flowers
is cancelled for the 2021
Charles County Fair
We are sorry to announce that entries for the Flower Department (both Design and Horticulture) have been cancelled for this year.
We look forward to seeing you in 2022.
As we try to accommodate the recent increase in COVID-19 cases,
we will try and continue our Activities:
We will continue to be watchful, and hopeful that the worst is behind us. 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.
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.
In June we met for an afternoon on the riverside at a member's home, and enjoyed the great weather and a very informative walk through her extensive garden and landscape. So many beautiful trees. And we also had a small "clean-up" plant sale of some of the shrubs that had not sold at the plant sale.
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.
In October we will meet at the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park for a program "Fall Fun with Pumpkins and Flowers"
In November we will get together for a program of "Holiday Happiness" at the Charles County Fairgrounds
The Annual Christmas Tea is a CCGC tradition and delightful way to spend a Monday afternoon during the holiday season.
In January we will visit "The Ancient Art of Ikebana" at Christ Church. In Japanese culture, most native flowers, plants, and trees are embedded with symbolic meaning and are associated with certain seasons, so in traditional ikebana, both symbolism and seasonality have always been prioritized in developing arrangements. Modern ikebana practices call for the same sensitivity to seasons, as well as to the environment in which an arrangement is being made.
In February we will learn about "Tablescapes – Design and Dining" at the La Plata Fire House
Our May Plant Sale at Port Tobacco Market Days was moved to June and was a rousing success as our "first-back" community activity.
Although we will not be participating in the Kris Kringle Market at The Charles County Fairgrounds, we will continue to make Christmas arrangements for the Veterans at Charlotte Hall to thank them for their service.
We will get together during the Holidays to make small living arrangements for our Veterans in the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
Spring Flowers & Sunshine
While we are at home, doing our best to stay safe and healthy, be thankful for whom we have in our lives and the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.
If you would like to share your work virtually, please send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've added a Blog!
We would like to share
some happy visions of Spring with our friends!
Side table arrangement
Lilacs and Magnolias.
Brightening up her kitchen
A fitting arrangement for Ellerslie
Daffodils & Daydreams
Port Tobacco Courthouse
Orchids Orchids everywhere!!
An Arrangement for the living room
She got the orchid to rebloom!!
Daffodils & DayDreams
Port Tobacco Courthouse
Lilacs and Magnolia
Small arrangement on the top of a desk
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 email@example.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.
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 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.
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.