The Garden Club

Upcoming Programs

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.

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Spring Whimsy Workshop
April 19
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Spring flowers inspire festive hair ornaments!

Missy Willson has been the owner of My Enchanted Florist since 2018 and loves being part of the Olney/Sandy Spring neighborhood.  To celebrate the coming of spring and the awakening of the garden landscapes, Missy will lead this creative craft program using the bounty of colorful flowers available in the spring. She will demonstrate different ways to adorn our hair, by showing us how to create a hair clip or other hair ornament that incorporates these spring flowers. Make a dazzling creation for yourself or friend.

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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.