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Check out our latest newsletter and 2017 Calendar of events!

THC's Fourth and Final Open Garden
Side-by-Side Gardens!
Lizz Kleemeier & Bob Muehlenkamp/Karen Ackerman

242 & 240 Park Ave., Takoma Park, MD

Friday, June 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

This Open Garden Evening features two gardens at adjoining neighbors' houses, both featured in the 2016 Takoma House and Garden Tour.

Bob Muehlenkamp and Karen Ackerman transformed their back yard a few years ago by bringing in Steve Mackler, a well-known local landscape architect, to redo the hardscaping. This included a babbling brook running down a hillside of new plantings, and a gentle curve of steps leading to a flagstone terrace with a stunning modern sculpture. This piece was created from the wood of a red oak which once stood in the same spot. Climb the staircase to Bob and Karenís deck for a view over both gardens.

Next door, Lizz Kleemeier has spent much of the past three years tearing out the garden she first created, in order to start building a new one, based on the biodiversity principles advocated by Doug Tallamy in his book, Bringing Nature Home. You will see the successful native substitutes she has found for liriope, nandina, hellebores, mahonia, and epimediums (the backbones of her previous garden), plus hear about not-so-successful plantings. Share your ideas about how to improve the design and plant combinations in Lizzís developing garden. (Seriously, Lizz has written a list of questions about her next-step garden challenges in hopes you will offer answers, ideas, or advice.)

As an added attraction, Lizz has arranged for Old Takoma Ace Hardware to hold a native plant sale in her driveway. The featured species will be the native perennials with which Lizz has had most success. She has come to rely on Ace for plants because, in addition to stocking a respectable number of natives and native cultivars, the store will special order plants from Babikow Nursery.

You will be delighted with your two-for-one garden visit! Please enter the gardens down the respective driveways. Refreshments will be served in Bob and Karen's garden.

Helpful Information

Directions to 240/242 Park Ave., Takoma Park: Park Ave. intersects East-West Highway (Philadelphia Ave, MD 410) between the Takoma Park Library and the Volunteer Fire Dept. Note that Park Ave is a one way street in the direction of Carroll Ave from Philadelphia.
Parking: Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. The police will not enforce permit parking, 5:00pm to 7:00 pm.
Need help the day of the event? Call Lizz (240-476-3351).

March with Us in the 4th of July Parade!

Please mark your calendars: the Takoma Horticultural Club will be marching in the Takoma Park July 4th Parade again this year! The theme of the event is "Unity in the Community" so THC is focusing on the role of pollinators! Prizes will be given for best costumes, so THC marchers are encouraged to dress up as your favorite pollinator or flower! Costumed canines are also welcome! And the City of Takoma Park has donated packets of pollinator seeds that we will be distributing along the route.

Barbara Karpas has graciously offered to host the post-parade potluck for marchers again this year! So, we are seeking volunteers to bring food and beverages and to set-up/clean-up. If you plan on joining us for the potluck, we need a head-count, so please RSVP and send info on what you will bring to Joan Frye at joan_anon@outlook.com by July 1st at the latest.

Note: You MUST be a current, dues-paying member to march with the Takoma Horticultural Club and attend the after-parade potluck. If you are not sure of your club membership status, please check with Carole (cagalati@rcn.com). Also, if you wish, you can drop off your food and beverages at Barbaraís house (6916 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park) before the parade assembles at 9:00 am.

The parade starts at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues at 10am prompt, so please arrive early so that you can find fellow THC members with the big THC banner.

Please look for additional details on the THC listserv. More info on the parade is on the website: TP Independence Day Parade.




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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