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Another great crew, another beautiful day, lots more laughing, lots more shovels, and voila!  The beds are starting to shape up!  Thank you to all who came out, got dirty, sang songs, and made the day so fun!

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April 12, 2017: What a fantastic and productive work crew that showed up today to muscle and ‘dynamite’ out the fountain grass, liriope, daylilies, and vinca.  Look at how much we accomplished in ONE DAY — many shovels DO make light work!
THANK YOU EVERYONE who pitched in today: Becky, Tracy, Rose Mary, Jeanne, Janet, Kathy, Charlie, Roy, Cassia, and especially Larry, who stayed to the very bitter end!

We had a lovely gathering of 80 Cape and local folks for our documentary screening, along with amazing refreshments brought by the Members of the Garden Club and of Cape Conservation Corps.  Afterward, Director and Producer Catherine Zimmerman led an informative Q&A.  Thank you to all who attended!
Special thanks to Cape Ace Hardware who generously sponsored the entire cost of the event — we’re all so grateful!

The daffodils are up, the buds are bursting everywhere, but until winter goes away, feast your eyes on what is soon to come.  These beauties will all be at the Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20th, 8am-2pm, in the clubhouse field at Broadview Drive and Cape St. Claire Road.  (Rain date: Sunday, May 21st.)   No early birds, please!

Beautify your garden, support the environment, and enjoy a festive community event at the same time!  Thank you for your generous patronage all these years.

Every spring the Garden Club celebrates our Club’s founding in 1975.  In March of 2017, we turned 42!
A nourishing potluck, lots of spring-blooming plants for our plant raffle, gardening friends young and young-at-heart, and a slide-show of the newest Northcreek eye-candy coming to the May Plant Sale.  What more could a bunch of gardeners want to shake off the winter hibernation?

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What a bounty our potlucks are!

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Kids big & little, calling plant raffle tickets with gusto!

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

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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.

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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

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

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Cranesbill Geranium ‘Rozanne’  (native cultivar)

helenium salsa

Sneezeweed / Helenium ‘Salsa’  (NATIVE)

helianthus

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

heuchera zipper

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

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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)

monarda

A more restrained bee balm / Monarda bradburiana  (NATIVE)

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

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

pycathemum muticum

Native Mountain mint / Pycanthemum muticum (NATIVE)

silene

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

thermopsis

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

Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ (native cultivar)

vernonia

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