Garden Club of Annapolis
Calendar 2022 – 2023

The Club’s calendar year of activities runs from September thru June. Regular Meetings are held at the Annapolis Yacht Club on the third Wednesday of the month in September, November, December and from January thru April. We have field trips in October and May and a picnic in June.

Regular Meeting Agendas:
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.     Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Socializing
​10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Business Meeting
​11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Program
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

Upcoming Meetings:
September 21, 2022 – Regular Meeting – Making Herbal Holiday Gifts from Autumn’s Bounty
Workshop: Heidi Rothenhaus will conduct an herb wreath workshop.

Program: Club member and board secretary, Lori Ross, will present September’s program on Making Herbal Holiday Gifts from autumn’s bounty. As summer slips away, it’s time to harvest the herbs in your garden or from local markets. In addition to harvesting, drying and freezing techniques, Lori will share numerous clever ideas of preparing herb vinegars, oils, salts, infused honeys and vodka, pesto, sugars, herb butters simple syrups and sauces.

October 19, 2022 – Field Trip to Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE 19707
Join us on a carpool field trip to Delaware’s Brandywine County to savor the botanical gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. There will be a docent lead walk through the gardens plus a presentation on “Show Stopping Autumn Perennials”. Optional lunch is proposed at nearby recommended restaurants. Sign up at the September meeting.

November 16, 2022Regular Meeting – Protecting the Chesapeake with Ann Swanson, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission
Workshop:  Heidi Rothenhaus and Deborah Brafford will lead a workshop on gardening with bulbs. Members will create an arrangement of cheery, pleasantly fragrant paperwhites to enjoy during winter’s short days. Deborah will demonstrate the technique of growing bulbs “lasagna- style” to showcase a beautiful Spring assortment in a container or in the ground.

Program:  For four decades, Ann Swanson’s dedication to improving the environment and her leadership on the tri-state Commission has advanced the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and made it more sustainable for future generations. Ann has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. She will share her personal and professional insights that have led to environmental restoration around the state, region and country in her role to protect the beloved Chesapeake.

December 21, 2022 – Holiday Meeting – Deck the Halls
Our traditional holiday program provides members an opportunity to create fresh greens arrangements for local Meals on Wheels clients, AYC staff and our own homes.

January 18, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Learn the basics of topiary, the art of shaping shrubs and trees into decorative shapes. Led by Heidi Rothenhaus.
Program:  We start the New Year with a program unlike any other. Enjoy this unique presentation highlighting the use of goats in the ongoing battle against invasive plants. Brian Knox is President of Sustainable Resource Management, Inc. and the supervising forester for Eco-Goats. He will discuss managing the growth and eradication of unwanted and invasive vegetation. From his base in Centerville, MD, DMV clients have included the Historic Congressional Cemetery, numerous homeowners associations and municipal sites.

February 15, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Workshop:  Create a beautiful Mardi Gras floral arrangement. Led by Katherine Barnett.
Overcoming Fears of Shrub Pruning, Together – Josh Demers, Horticulturist I, Brookside Gardens
Do you have shrubs that are in dire need of pruning, but are hesitant to start because of fear of harming them? Join Josh Demers, Horticulturist I from Brookside Gardens, as he presents an in depth look at proper pruning techniques, timing, and tools to rejuvenate and maintain unruly shrubs. Josh will bring physical examples of his favorite pruning tools and sections of woody material that exemplify plant responses to pruning.

March 15, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Workshop: Learn about Japanese floral arranging and create an arrangement to take home. Led by Carole Falk.
Program: Noted author and landscape architect, Ginger Woodridge, will speak to us on the use of native plants in the landscape. With growing awareness of the human footprint, Ginger’s research offers a way to balance that effect. She offers information so that we may make informed choices in our own lives and gardens. She is the co-author of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern US: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape.

April 19, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Workshop: Melissa Huston of Studio H Flowers returns to lead us in making an arrangement with moss and flower stems, showing us how to preserve and color mosses and how to use moss to replace oasis.
Program: The Art of Tablescapes – Yosira Jamison, owner of Events by Yosira, will present on designing and styling a beautiful tablescape for your guests. We’ll talk about the 3 C’s of design: colors, cohesion and contrast – and how to apply layering techniques with confidence to add dimension to your table design.

May 17, 2023 – Field Trip to Hillwood Gardens
Members will have a treat in May during a carpool field trip to the 25 acre estate in Northwest Washington, DC. A private view in the cutting garden will be given by horticulturist, Drew Asbury. After a seated lunch at the Merriweather Café, the afternoon will continue with a docent-led visit of the extensive gardens. Our day at Hillwood will conclude with another docent-led tour of the mansion interior highlighting the renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts.

June 21, 2023 – Annual Picnic

Last updated: August 1, 2022