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Check out our latest newsletter and 2017 Calendar of events!

Kathy and Bob Rushing
Host Our First THC Open Garden

Friday, June 2, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Come see Kathy and Bob Rushing’s enchanting gardens on three acres of wooded slope bordering on Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park. Although the main gardens were installed more than ten years ago, they are always changing. Kathy continues to divide, remove, and transplant perennials and shrubs in an effort to reduce the challenging maintenance on the slopes and accommodate the light conditions. Field trips to Susannah Farms and other garden centers and plant exchanges will help decide what new friends will have taken up residence by the time of the Open Garden on June 2.

There are five smaller gardens and a larger Japanese-style garden with gazebo, waterfall and pond surrounding the Rushing house, each with its own challenges of light, moisture, drainage, soil, and accessibility to deer. Kathy and Bob’s stunning house provides the perfect vantage point to view the gardens from every window and the patio. Besides the many gardens, their art filled house provides wonderful space for us to come together.

Kathy will be happy to conduct a tour of the gardens, some of which feature whimsical frog figures, which her grandchildren love. She will also welcome ideas from guests for new plants and ways to tackle the challenges of gardening on dry, shady slopes. The ample screened areas in the gazebo and the porch overlooking the Japanese garden will provide lots of opportunity to comfortably mingle with other guests and enjoy some delicious food.

Directions to 100 Springbrook Drive, Silver Spring: From Route 29, go north on New Hampshire Ave. for about a mile and a half. Immediately after the light at Jackson Road, make a left on Warrenton Dr. Once on Warrenton Drive, keep to the right of the island, which is the beginning of Springbrook Drive. The Rushing house is the last house on the street, on the right.

Parking instructions: There is room for 8-10 cars at the top of the driveway next to the house if walking up the fairly steep, long driveway is a challenge. If you can manage the walk, park on the street and around the cul-de-sac. The address is: 100 Springbrook Dr., Silver Spring, MD.
Need help the day of event? Call: 301-520-3228 or 301-236-6809

All Are Invited

Centennial Garden Invitation

Members Only High Glen Trip/Open Days Tour
Saturday, June 10, 9:00am - 4:30pm

THC is going on a road trip to view High Glen and other open gardens in Frederick Co. on Saturday, June 10. We will meet at 9:00am to form carpools at the former Police Station parking lot at 801 Sligo Avenue. (Those not driving can leave their vehicles parked free there for the day.)

Our first stop of the day will be at 10:00am at High Glen. Then we will go to 2 nearby private gardens.

At about 1:00pm, we will meet at Surreybrooke for a brown-bag picnic lunch and after lunch, we'll visit 2 remaining private gardens on the tour. We plan to return by 4:30pm.

See full garden descriptions at The Garden Conservancy website.

The Club will pay for the garden entries with a donation to the Garden Conservancy. You must be at the carpool meet-up on-time to get your garden passes for the day.

Pack your lunch and cold drink(s), sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, and camera/extra batteries.

This club event is limited to 12 current members. Please reserve your spot ASAP by emailing Laserblast@aol.com.

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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