The Garden Club

Christmas in July Workshop
Sunday July 23, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what goes on under the kissing ball? Come to this workshop and learn how to create the basics of the kissing ball, boxwood Christmas tree, hurricane and greens centerpieces and arrangements. You will learn all this and more as you help in the preparation for the fresh greens workshops in December. We will also start making the festive bows that adorn our beautiful arrangements and wreaths that we sell at the Museum’s Holiday Greens Sale.  Join us – learn, laugh and enjoy delicious refreshments. Please contact  or call (301) 774-0022 ext. 145 and leave a messageif you have any questions.


The Wonder of Keukenhof Gardens
September 10, 2017 from 2- 4 p.m.

Keukenhof Garden in Holland is the most beautiful spring garden in the world. More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 79 acres with color and fragrance.  Let us vicariously walk you through this glorious garden.  Four members of the Museum’s Garden Club visited the garden this spring and photographed the spectacular scenery.  Come and learn about the history of Keukenhof and how the world flocks to this incredible display.  You may want to plan your trip to this spectacular garden very soon.

In keeping with our theme, we’ll be making “bulb buddies.” “Bulb buddies” are made from colorful light bulbs (gotta love a gardening pun) and wire. We will decorate them to look like our favorite garden bugs that will keep our container plants company year-round. Please bring a pair of sturdy garden gloves to wear while handling the light bulbs.

Admission is $4.00 for museum members and $8.00 for non-members. Please R.S.V.P. to or call (301) 774-0022 ext. 145 and leave a message.


Spooky Workshop
October 22, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m.

No ghosts allowed but we’ll have lots of ribbons and bows. In this workshop, we will continue with our preparations for the Museum’s Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale. Learn how to make many different bows of various sizes and shapes and create the foam structures for the many holiday (greens) decorations. We will also make other trimmings to brighten the holiday greens. Costumes are optional and treats will be served. Please contact or call (301) 774-0022 ext. 145 and leave a message if you have any questions.

Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club

Celebrating 25 years in 2016-2017, the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club was founded in 1991 by Mary Rice, an expert gardener and beautiful soul. Bringing people together to practice and enjoy all things gardening, the Garden Club is proudly the Museum’s oldest established club, dedicated to providing members with opportunities for socializing, learning, and growing as individuals, centered around a common interest in gardening.

While being responsible for planning, landscaping, and maintaining the museum’s Courtyard Garden, the Garden Club offers quarterly programs, trips, and interactive and creative workshops. Some of the fun activities include the Plant Booth at the Museum’s annual Strawberry Festival [link to Strawberry Festival], the Holiday Greens Sale, and the bi-annual Garden Tour, featuring beautiful local, private, and historic gardens.

Upcoming Events, Workshops & Trips

To participate in any one of the club’s programs please e-mail us or call or 301-774-0022 (x145). Be sure to register before the deadline and stay tuned for the Holiday Workshop Schedule!

Volunteer Opportunities

Click for the holiday-greens-volunteer-workshop-schedule

Garden Club Membership

Membership in the Garden Club is open to all Museum members and guests are welcome to attend any function. By becoming a member of the Garden Club you have the opportunity to meet new people, have a great time while learning, and support the Museum, all while expanding the community’s knowledge of horticulture.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club, please e-mail us or call 301-774-0022 (x145) for more information.

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About Mary Rice

As an active gardener in the community for many years, Mary Rice founded the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club in November 1991. She, along with a small group of gardening friends, developed a club to maintain and enhance the museum’s garden, attract new members, and, most importantly, spread information on gardens and gardening.

With Mary’s knowledge and passion, she provided the guidance for the Garden Club to grow and flourish and fulfill her vision. For decades, Garden Club members have proudly supported the Sandy Spring Museum in the best ways possible. We thank Mary for forming this club with the help of the extraordinary charter members, including Nadine Mort, Carolyn Reitman, Terry Chaconas, Penny Sidell, and Beth Bulladorf.