The Garden Club

Upcoming Programs

Tablescapes Workshop: Designs for the Holiday Entertaining – SOLD OUT
November 10, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to take your holiday table from ordinary to extraordinary with a simple and artistic arrangement of creative items. Kathy Lynn, a local design enthusiast, will focus on the current minimalist trend and show us how a few carefully selected objects can make your table shine. At this workshop, you will learn how to put a modern spin on traditional elements with locally grown flowers, fresh and dried greenery, fruit, items foraged from nature, and pieces from your home to create a table that will wow your guests.

Greens Cutting and Boxwood Picking

Help the Garden Club prepare for the Holiday Greens Sale by harvesting greenery. To sign-up to participate, or if you have questions, email the Garden Club or call 301-774-0022 x 145. If you would like to participate in the Holiday Greens Workshops, click here.

Greens Cutting
10 am – 1 pm
Monday, November 11th
Tuesday, November 12
Friday, November 15

Greens in Water
12:30 pm – 2 pm
Monday, November 11
Tuesday, November 12
Friday, November 15

Boxwood Picking
9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Saturday, November 16

Boxwood in Water
4 pm until done
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Saturday, November 16

Mixed Green Wreaths Workshops
November 18 & 20
9 am – 3 pm

Help the Garden Club cut and organize the fresh greens to for holiday wreaths. Participants will then lend a hand making the club’s signature mixed green wreaths for the Holiday Greens Sale. Drop in for as long as you can. The wreaths are available to order for the Holiday Greens Sale or at the annual Family Holiday Party on December 8th.

Register for November 18

Register for November 20

Kissing Ball Workshops
December 1
Session 1 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Session 2 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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: one to enjoy at home and one for the Garden Club’s Holiday Greens Sale.  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 for Session 1
Register for Session 2

A Naturalist’s Guide for Controlling Invasive Plants
February 9
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Non-native invasive plants are aggressively growing plants that compete directly with native species for moisture, sunlight, nutrients, and space.  They can easily take over native environments.

Betsy Taylor, a Master Gardener and former Naturalist with Montgomery County Parks, will present information on some of the most pervasive non-native plants that are commonly found in many yards and gardens in Montgomery County.  She will focus on how they grow and offer various methods to limit their ability to thrive in our yards. She will discuss a little bit of history on a few of the most troublesome invaders, provide tips on how to prevent them invading our property and show us how to recognize these plants as they grow throughout the year.  Betsy will prepare us to discourage non-native invasive plants prospering in our yards this coming year.

To help us with preventing the growth of these plants, Betsy has spent the last year taking photos of many of the invasives in various stages of growth.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please email questions about this program to the Garden Club.

Click Here to Register

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.