The Garden Club

Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Join us in the Courtyard to prepare the garden for spring.  We’ll clean-up, plant and mulch.  Extra divisions will be available for helpers.  Bring a trowel, pruners, hat and sunscreen. No prior knowledge of gardening required.  We have many skilled gardeners that will share their knowledge. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!

The Strawberry Festival
Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Plant Sale Booth
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Plant Sale Booth is a must see for anyone attending the Strawberry Festival.  With our wide array of plant choices and our unbeatable prices, you’ll want to pick something up for your home garden or as a gift.  We offer a variety of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and other veggies as well as flowers, both annuals and perennials.  The Garden Club strives to offer plants that will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.  We also have a wide variety of shrubs. Some are donated by local nurseries, and others are shared by friends and neighbors. If you have something you’d like to share, we’d love to have it!  These plants are sure to thrive in your garden.  Something for everyone!

The Strawberry Festival
Create Your Very Own Plant Troll Buddies and Fairy Lanterns
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Love trolls and fairies? Take some home with you at the Strawberry Festival!  Visit the Garden Club craft table to create your own troll plant pal, perfect to keep you in happy company indoors or out.  Also, light up your night by building a magical, glowing fairy lantern to keep summer glowing all year round. Plant Troll Buddies can be created for $3.50 and magical Fairy Lanterns for $2.50.

If you have small and medium mason jars that you can donate to the craft table, we would greatly appreciate it!

Strawberry Festival – Volunteers Needed
Friday, June 2, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday June 3, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Volunteer sign up is now open, and we are really looking forward to working together to make this year’s plant booth a success. Never volunteered at the plant booth before? We would love to have you! We can assure you it is a fun place to be the day of the Festival.
We have opportunities on Friday, June 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for booth set up and pricing of plants. You may come for an hour or two anytime during the day.
And of course, there are shifts at the booth on Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. These shifts run in two hour increments. The 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. shift is final booth set up, and the 4:00 p.m. shift is organizing and cleaning up what’s left. We usually finish by about 6:00 p.m.

We are introducing two new crafts this year!  There will be opportunities to help out at the Garden Club Craft Table.   We will be making Plant Troll Buddies and Fairy Lanterns.   Like working with kids?  This is a great opportunity to volunteer. Contact us at or call (301) 774-0022 ext. 145 and leave a message.


Garden Tour LamppostSaturday, May 20 from 10 am – 4 pm

The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club invites you to immerse yourself in local flora, food and fine art by touring five fabulous gardens located on the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor. Then celebrate over wine and hors d’oeuvres at a special sixth garden from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Click here for more information. Questions – contact us at or call (301) 774-0022 ext. 145 and leave a message.


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.