2016 Wreath Workshop

Thank you to all our Members who contributed evergreens and their energy to create the beautiful evergreen wreaths this year.  What a fun evening together!
Two of our wreaths will be displayed at State Circle in downtown Annapolis for all of December, and they are wreaths #8 and #9, if folks want to go see them on display.
The other two are gifts of appreciation for the CSCIA, for all the support that they give to our Club year in year out. These 2 wreaths are hanging on the Clubhouse office and Guard shack doors for the holiday season.  We hope our handiwork adds to the holiday cheer as folks drive in and out of the Cape!

Members contributed a variety of fresh evergreens from their gardens, which we twist together into small bundles with floral wire.


We did it!  Look at those beautiful wreaths: 2 for State Circle, 2 for hanging right here in Cape St. Claire, at the Clubhouse and our neighborhood’s historic Guard Shack.


And now for our gift exchange — with lots of laughter all around!


While we’re all waiting eagerly for spring to come, here’s some gorgeous color to feast our eyes upon.  These beautiful babies will be ready to go to our plant sale on Saturday, May 14th — we hope to see you there!


Adiantum pedatum / Maidenhair Fern (NATIVE)

amsonia hub

Traffic-stopping fall color on Amsonia hubrichtii / Native Bluestar  (NATIVE)

anenome pocohantas

Japanese Anenome ‘Pocohontas’

carex everillo

Carex ‘Everillo’

delo fire wonder

Ice Plant / Delosperma ‘Fire Wonder’

dianthus kahori

Dianthus ‘Kahori’

dryopteris brilliance

Autumn fern / Dryopteris ‘Brilliance’

echinacea cheyenne spirit

Coneflower / Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’  (native cultivar)

Coneflower / Echinacea ‘Wild Berry’  (NATIVE)

Button Eryngo / Eryngium yucci  (NATIVE)

deschampia flexuosa

Deschampia flexuosa (NATIVE) for dry shade

festuca blue

Festuca ‘Beyond Blue’ is a great ground cover for sun


Cranesbill Geranium ‘Rozanne’  (native cultivar)

helenium salsa

Sneezeweed / Helenium ‘Salsa’  (NATIVE)


Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’ — like a hardy dahlia!  (NATIVE)

heuchera zipper

Gorgeous ruffles of Coral Bells / Heuchera ‘Zipper’  (native cultivar)


Coral Bells / Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’  (native cultivar)


hibiscus robert fleming

Deep read flowers on this drawf hardy Hibiscus ‘Robert Fleming’  (native cultivar)

muhlenbergia undaunted

Gorgeous pink seed heads on drawf Pink Muhly grass / Muhlenbergia ‘Undaunted’  (NATIVE)


A more restrained bee balm / Monarda bradburiana  (NATIVE)

penstemon closeup

Beardtongue / Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’   (native cultivar)


Woodland phlox / Phlox ‘Blue Moon’ is fragrant!  (NATIVE)

pycathemum muticum

Native Mountain mint / Pycanthemum muticum (NATIVE)


Wherry’s Catchfly / Silene caroliniana is a great native alternative to dianthus  (NATIVE)


Thermopsis ‘Sophia’ blooms with the tulips in early spring

tradescantia sweet kate

Virginia spiderwort / Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate (NATIVE)

zizia aurea

Golden zizia / Zizia aurea (NATIVE) loves a damp spot


Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ (native cultivar)


a dwarf Ironweed / Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’ (NATIVE)

YOU’RE INVITED!  The Cape St Claire Garden Club’s 36th annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 16th, 8am-2pm, in the clubhouse fields at the corner of Cape St Claire Rd and Broadview Dr (right before River Bay).

The Plant Sale features Cape-grown and locally-acclimated perennials, an exciting collection of native perennial plants, colorful annuals, sturdy houseplants, and a wide selection of herbs, tomatoes, and other vegetables.  Is your yard sunny?  Shady?  Wet?  Dry?  Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be on hand to help visitors select the right plants for their particular gardening needs.  Visitors can also learn about rain barrels, rain gardens, native vegetation, compost, soil, and water conservation from Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards.  All proceeds from plant sales benefit the Garden Club’s community projects.  For more details, please call 410-757-2436 or email flokell@verizon.net.

And feast your eyes on a preview of some of this year’s beauties that you can find at our plant sale.


Beautiful purple blooms in late spring on Spiderwort / Tradescantia virginica ‘Red Grape’ (Native)


A rainbow of different colored blooms as they mature in mid-summer: Stokesia / Stokes Aster ‘Color Wheel’ (Native)


A fireworks display of bright yellow pom poms in late summer: Goldenrod / Solidago ‘Golden Fleece’ (Native)


Tiny, vividly blue flowers with yellow centers on this delicate grass each spring: Blue-eyed grass / Sisyrinchium ‘Lucerne’

Stunning red flowers in sun all summer long: Yarrow / Achillea 'Pomegranate'

Stunning red flowers from summer into fall make are long-lasting in a vase: Yarrow / Achillea ‘Pomegranate’


Heaps of delicate blue flowers cover this plant for a long bloom period in late summer: Pincushion flower / Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’

Salvia Sensation-Deep-Rose

Drought-proof once established, spikes of rose pink flowers lend vertical interest to the garden: Salvia ‘Sensation Deep Rose’


Butterflies can’t resist this charming pink flower in summer: Phlox paniculata ‘Jeane’ (Native)

phlox triple play

Beautiful purple flowers atop stunning striped foliage in late spring: Phlox ‘Triple Play’

phlox blue moon

These charming blue flowers will brighten a shady spot: Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ (Native)


Pale pink spikes of flowers hover over eye-catching maroon leaves: Beardtongue / Penstemon ‘Huskers Red’ (Native)


Bold red blooms brighten a shady spot: Cardinal flower / Lobelia cardinalis (Native)

Lobelia purple

Spikes of vivid violet blooms in summer on Great Blue cardinal flower / Lobelia siphilitica (Native)


Look at that foliage contrast! Who needs flowers with leaves like that all summer long? Coral Bells / Heuchera ‘Bronze Wave’ (Native)


Like butterflies’ wings edged in pink, the delightful Wandflower / Gaura ‘Rosyjane’ (Native)


Drought-resistant once established, these red-yellow blooms really pop! Blanketflower / Gaillardia ‘Bright Mesa Bi-color’ (Native)


Prolific in bloom in the late-summer garden, the paradoxical yellow coneflower / Echinacea paradoxa (Native)


Delicate fairy flowers in red and yellow nod in the spring garden: Native Columbine / Aquilegia canadensis (Native)


Spikes of vivid yellow flowers in mid-summer: False Indigo / Baptisia ‘Screaming Yellow’ (Native)


Pale blue flowers from pink buds over fuzzy-textured leaves in spring: Blue Comfrey / Symphytum caucasicum

Upcoming Meetings

Don’t forget to check out the Garden Club’s renovation of the Clubhouse beds when you visit the beach — we planned a succession of blooms all season so there’s something new to see each day!


We always accept empty plant pots, red solo cups, and *plastic* venetian mini-blinds to cut up for plant tags for use in our plant sale.  Please drop either anytime in the driveway at 1121 River Bay Road.  Thanks for helping us to reduce and reuse!

THANK YOU, CAPERS, for coming out in droves to support our annual Plant Sale fundraiser — We are so grateful for your support!!!   You cleaned us out of milkweed within two hours!  We have already ordered more for 2018.
 THANK YOU for your generous and continuing support!  

Tuesday, September 5th, 7pm:  Welcome back, Sharing Garden Stories: What worked well this year?  Members will share photos and stories from their summer and gardens.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 7pm:  Speaker Gary Van Velsir on Wild Orchids + Cutting & Seed Exchange

Sunday, October 22nd, 6pm:  Harvest Potluck Dinner 

Tuesday, November 7th, 7pm:  Arranging Garden Materials Workshop.  Members bring foliage, flowers, berries, and seed heads along with a dish to hold their arrangement.  Floral foam, flower food, and instruction provided by the Club.

Tuesday, November 29th, 7pm:  Evergreen Wreath Workshop.  Members bring evergreen cuttings in from their gardens and together we make wreaths for hanging in downtown Annapolis and right here in Cape St Claire.  Afterward, we enjoy a fun gift exchange.

All meetings are held in the Cape St. Claire Clubhouse meeting room (1223 River Bay Road, 21409) unless otherwise noted.  Questions?  Phone or email Catherine at 410-212-1944 or salca01@comcast.net.  New faces always welcome!

More information about our year’s events can be found here.

We had such lovely weather for our Secret Garden Tours, when we visited four beautiful gardens in the Cape.  Perhaps you’ve already noticed and admired this hillside garden — what a transformation from a challenging blank slate into a attention-catching beauty.  Many thanks to Laura Kellman, who arranged these lovely tours, and to our hosts, who graciously opened their gardens to our footfalls.  We are so grateful to you all for the wonderful day together, surrounded by such luscious colors and textures of your flowers, fruits, and foliage.

Our club members on our Secret Garden Tours

Our club members on our Secret Garden Tours

Spiky blue flowers: Erygium

Spiky blue flowers: Erygium

Colorful flowers, gorgeous texture

Colorful flowers, gorgeous texture

See how gorgeous a hillside can become!

See how gorgeous a hillside can become!

Here we are in a truly secret magical oasis,  full of hidden treasures

Here we are in a truly secret magical oasis,
full of hidden treasures


Start drooling, folks, because we have some serious beauties lined up this year for you to take home to your garden.   Hardy perennials for sun or shade, herbs, tomatoes, and vegetables, and colorful annuals await you!

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 8am-2pm in the field at Cape St Claire Road and Broadview, next to the Cape Clubhouse at 1223 River Bay Road.  Just follow the signs along Cape St Claire Road to guide you in.  Rain date Sunday May 18th.  NO EARLY BIRDS PLEASE!

We’ll have lots of experienced gardeners on hand to answer all your questions.  We’ll also be giving away bags of compost for your planting holes and mosquito dunks for your rain barrels.  Come beautify your garden, learn about plants and soil, and help raise funds for our club, all in the same day — thanks for your support year after year, neighbors!

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’


Salvia 'East Friesland'

Salvia ‘East Friesland’


Gaillardia 'Mesa Peach'

Gaillardia ‘Mesa Peach’


Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' NATIVE

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ NATIVE











Liatris spicana NATIVE

Liatris spicana NATIVE


Butterfly weed NATIVE

Butterfly weed NATIVE









Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye'

Coreopsis ‘Cosmic Eye’


Spigeilia marilandica NATIVE

Spigeilia marilandica NATIVE


Sedum 'Autumn Charm'

Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’


Butterbur (the plant, not the baby!)

Butterbur (the plant, not the baby!)





All the members work together to make little mixed bundles of evergreens

All the members work together to make little mixed bundles of evergreens

Amidst singing and happy chatter, the members of the Garden Club teamed up to create 5 evergreen wreaths, made from cuttings from our gardens.  Afterward, we snacked from the abundant buffet and had a white elephant gift exchange, with much laughter as gifts changed hands many times.  We all left filled with the holiday spirit!


The bundles are pinned to straw wreaths and garnished with a bow. Two will be hung in downtown Annapolis, and the remaining three at the clubhouse.


Happy holidays from the Cape St Claire Garden Club!