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, the Holiday Greens Sale, and the bi-annual Garden Tour, featuring beautiful local, private, and historic gardens.

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How to Cultivate an Organic Lawn
September 27, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Mary Travaglini,  Program Manager, Organic Lawn and Landscape Program from the Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, MD, will teach about natural grasses and the best ways to have a beautiful lawn.

Join Mary on Zoom to learn about organic lawn care and healthy lawn soils. Wondering how fertilizers can negatively affect your lawn soils, and how carbon-based amendments can help? Want to know how to create a dense, lush lawn using just organic methods? Mary will share what you need to know about soil and hot tips for improving your lawn and benefiting your local environment.

Registration is required. You will receive a link to the virtual meeting with your registration confirmation email. You must be opted in to receive SSM emails to receive the confirmation. 

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Spring Bulbs
October 11 @ 2:00 pm
 – 3:30 pm

October is a perfect time of year to learn more about bulbs and planting bulbs.

Master Gardener, Merikay Smith, will present her talk “Beautiful Bulbs: Gorgeous Geophytes.”

She will share with us the joyful beauty of spring flowers grown from fall-planted bulbs. Besides sharing the unique characteristics of bulbs, she will give details about selecting and planting bulbs then speak in-depth about narcissus, hyacinths, and tulips. As time allows Merikay will also share photos and descriptions of other bulbs including some which are native to North America and even a few native to our region.

Registration is required. You will receive a link to the virtual meeting with your registration confirmation email. You must be opted in to receive SSM emails to receive the confirmation.

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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.