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Check out our latest newsletter and 2016 Calendar of events!

Letís Celebrate Our Centennial!

Takoma Horticultural Club was founded in 1916 and is one of the oldest continuously operating garden clubs in the United States. In this 100th anniversary year of the club, we will celebrate its many contributions to the community with a variety of commemorative activities. The 100th Anniversary Committee has been working diligently to plan many activities to mark this important occasion. To do all of this, we need to raise additional funds. We have just secured a small grant from the Takoma Foundation for a new corner park planting, and combined with member contributions so far, we are one-third of the way to our stated goal, but we still need your help to reach our target.

To make your donation, please bring your check to the next club meeting or mail your check to the Club treasurer, Taffy Turner. Make checks out to THC.

100th Anniversary Program Activities Suggested Donor Levels:

    $ 25 Sedum
    $ 50 Aster
    $100 Rhododendron
    $250 Oak

Please hold the date of Saturday, August 27, 2016, for our special anniversary celebration event.

Coming Soon Ė Friday Evening Open Gardens

Our very popular Open Garden Series starts June 10th. Sponsored by the Takoma Horticultural Club and hosted by generous members, these events are free and open to the public. This year they are all held on Friday evenings, between 5:30 and 7:30. The details and schedule can be found on our website: www.takomahort.org and will be posted on our Yahoo Group list. Watch for updates, questionable weather, directions and addresses as well.

These Open Gardens are great opportunities for all gardeners, including all gardeners Ė novice to long-time, new and perspective club members, other garden clubs, friends and neighbors to gather, socialize, network, learn and enjoy each otherís passion Ė gardening. Below is a summary of our host gardens. Mark your calendars now!

June 10: Alison Gillespie: Alison gardens with a goal: to create a wildlife habitat. Her gardens attract many butterflies, beetles, bees, birds, hummingbirds, dragonflies, and much more. Outside should feel like outside, and be a little wild and free. But some careful planning and a desire to create a visually pleasing space has yielded a mix of casual design, native plants, some edibles, and lots of plants for year-round interest. Her organic garden is chemical free, with the care of pollinators and beneficials a priority. She also has created spaces for the kids to play and explore and find respite. Letís be kids in Alisonís garden on June 10! Signed copies of her book: Hives in the City will be available for purchase.

June 17: Priscilla Labovitz: Over the years Priscilla has hosted many delicious events for the THC. But there is something new for us to enjoy! Priscilla recently purchased the lot (at long last!) on the left side of her very unique house and hired Carolyn Mullet to design a contemplative shade garden. The other gardens include graceful ornament grasses, perennials and a swath of woods including hydrangeas and other shade lovers. And then thereís the very private special garden adjoining her property in the back. Come take a peek!

June 24: Monica Cretzu: If you want to see 17 (and counting) fruit trees, at least 7 berry shrubs and fence to fence veggies in raised beds, then this is the garden for you! Did I say this is all in downtown Silver Spring on a rather small property?! Needless to say, it is intense. Five rain barrels and pollinator friendly plants make it all happen, along with Monicaís determination and enthusiasm. She canít wait to show you!!

July 8: Wendy Bell: Where plants are concerned, Wendy believes in the more the merrier. Her yard is a mix of woody trees and shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals and vegetables. It is wild, colorful, and multi-textured. Thereís also a permeable paver driveway and a welcoming blue bottle tree. Her garden themes are 4 season interest, plant diversity, and experimentation. Many of you enjoyed Wendyís garden on the Takoma Park House & Garden Tour last month. It will be another show in July!

THC Receives Grant for Centennial Garden

THC is pleased to announce that the Takoma Foundation has awarded the Club a grant for the "Centennial Garden" on northwest corner of Piney Branch Road and Philadelphia Avenue. We will work with the City Gardener to create a new garden that will reflect the 100-year relationship of the Club to the City of Takoma. The garden will feature native plants and provide a welcoming portal to the City as well as an educational site. For more information, see the April newsletter.

The Takoma Horticultural Club (THC) welcomes gardeners from Takoma Park and surrounding areas, including DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and beyond. Our members love gardening, have very diverse interests and gardening experience, and enjoy many activities throughout the year. Our THC Calendar of Events includes lectures, two plant exchanges, two potluck dinners, an Open Garden series, workshops, lectures, special garden-related trips. Although many of our events are open to the public, more than half are for members only. And for $12, you can’t go wrong! Join us and increase your gardening pleasure!

The THC email list is open to all and is used to exchange information about gardening. You do not have to belong to the club to join in our email conversation! To join, simply follow the instructions.

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