The Garden Club

Upcoming Programs

Spooky Workshop
October 21, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

No ghosts allowed, but there’ll have lots of ribbons and bows. In this workshop, help with preparations for the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale. Learn how to make many different bows of various sizes and shapes and create the foam structures for various holiday greens decorations. Participants will also make other trimmings to brighten the holiday greens. Costumes are optional and treats will be served. Everyone is welcome at this fun and educational workshop hosted by the Museum’s Garden Club. Register Here

The Art of Velvet Pumpkins
November 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn the art of making beautiful velvet pumpkins. Instructor, Kathryn Shapiro, is a gifted crafter from Virginia and she will guide participants through each step.  Pumpkins will be accented with real squash stems collected from a local pumpkin farm.  These colorful creations will brighten your home décor. All participants are asked to bring a pair of fabric scissors. A small amount of hand sewing is required for this project. Click Here to register. There is a $5.00 material fee for Garden Club members and a $8.00 fee for non-members.  Everyone is welcome to join the Garden Club.  You just need to be a museum member!

Kissing Ball Workshop (Make 2, Take 1)
December 2, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Start your holiday decorating with a special touch, a boxwood kissing ball. These beautiful decorations are fun to make and can be made by individuals of all skill levels.  During the workshop you will become familiar with the art of working with fresh greens as you create two kissing balls.  You may take one home and the other one is for the Museum’s Garden Club’s Greens Sale.  All materials are provided. Delicious refreshments will be served. Register Here

Greens Workshops: Holiday Skills Sought and Taught!

Have fun while learning the art of decorating with fresh holiday greens, and acquire the skills to make the festive bows, all while helping the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club with their annual Greens Sale fundraiser.  Make wreaths, miniature trees, centerpieces and sprays, which are assembled, decorated, and sold to the public.  No experience necessary; training is available.

Click here for the Greens Workshop Schedule.


About the Garden Club

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.

Garden Club Membership

Membership in the Garden Club is open to all Museum members; in other words, anyone is welcome to join.  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 (x 104) for more information.

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.