Our Mission Statement
National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc., provides members and our communities with education, resources, and networking opportunities to promote gardening, horticulture, and design for civic engagement and environmental responsibility.
In & Around National Capital Area
Enjoy the December 13, 2017 article by Adrian Higgins of the Washington Post as he shares experiences at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Md as well as his visit to Fort Washington and Tanta Cove Garden Club's wreath making event! https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-magic-of-wreathmaking-circles/2017/12/12/a48ebfd6-dad1-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.1dba3aaadef8 or click here for a pdf version. photo submitted by Caroline Carbaugh
On Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th, the members of District IV held a Flower Show at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland. The flower show was opened to the public on Saturday once judging was finished. A brochure with basic information about a flower show and explanation of a horticulture specimen was shared with the public. For pictures of the show, click here
Woodsy Owl was spotted at Janney Elementary School for the unveiling of the Good of the Hive Mural created by Matthew Willey in response to the letter of a Janney 2nd grader. What a fantastic compliment to the fabulous gardens integrated into the academic curriculum! To view more photos of the Janney Elementary School Gardens click here.
- District II Youth GardeningSpringfield Acres Garden Club members under the leadership of Jo Sellers taught a 6 weeks after school gardening class at Kings Glen Elementary School for 32 Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade students. Cotton plants were planted in the school courtyard and will be harvested in September when the students return to begin the next school year. Fennel, the host plant for the Swallow Tail Butterfly, was also planted. One popular class was flower arranging in a tin tuna can container. It was amazing to see such budding talent in such young children.
District I's Woodmoor Garden Club uses QR CodesThe last Sunday in April is a busy one for the Silver Spring, MD neighborhood of Woodmoor. That is the weekend of the annual Garden Walk (event is totally free) and sale organized by the Woodmoor Garden Club. Walking maps and descriptions of the 8-10 gardens open to the public are provided. Over the years we have improved signage to assist with plant education. Each plant has a label noting properties like height, bloom time, light requirements, color and whether the plant is deer resistant or native to our area. This year we added QR codes (scannable square codes that link to a website if you have a smart phone and an app – there are free QR code-generating sites available) and received permission from the Missouri Botanical Gardens to link to their plant information pages. This was an immensely popular resource and was available as a scannable sign above a picture of the plant in bloom or on the horticultural table. A word to the wise: use a STATIC QR code as those do not require any fees and do not expire. DYNAMIC QR codes collect data for marketing and require a subscription.