The Garden Club

Upcoming Programs

Backyard Habitats, Tips and Tricks for Attracting Birds and Insects on Sunday, May 20


Volunteer Opportunities

IMG_3085[1]Courtyard Clean-up

Join us on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 – noon 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, gardening gloves and sunscreen.  No prior gardening knowledge is required.  We have many skilled gardeners willing to share their knowledge.  MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK.  If you can join us, please respond to or call 301-774-0022 ext.104.

terrariumStrawberry Festival 2018

The Garden Club is preparing for a terrific booth at the Strawberry Festival this June 2nd and 3rd. Many volunteers are needed to help!

We will again be creating Totally Tiny Fairy Gardens and Terrific Terrariums. We invite children of all ages to create their own fairy garden inspiration at our craft table.  Participants will choose a plant, container and decorations and build a miniature landscape for the fairies and gnomes back home.  This has been such a hit the last two years, and we are thrilled to be offering this fun activity again.

Please respond to or call 301-774-0022 ext. 104 to volunteer for this creative and enjoyable activity.

Plant SaleGarden Club Plant Sale Booth

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 up something 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!

Volunteers Needed

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!

Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd.

Sign up by sending an email to or call 301-774-0022 ext. 104



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 (x104). Be sure to register before the deadline and stay tuned for the Holiday 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 (x104) 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.