GARDENING GODDESS: • By Kathy Jentz
Several gardens and groups in the Takoma Park, MD, Silver Spring, MD, and the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC, are a bit greener due to the donations of the Takoma Horticultural Club (THC).
This year, the THC gave more than $700 in spring-blooming bulbs to the City of Takoma Park for planting in gardens and parks, to Main Street Takoma for street-box plantings, and to the Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD. From March though May, look for the beautiful color of tulips, hyacinths, and many more in public spaces in our community. The bulbs were excess from the THC’s annual sale at the Takoma Street Fair.
Proceeds from the annual bulb sale also enabled the THC to give the following monetary donations to area groups:
~ Friends of Brookside Gardens
~ Historic Takoma
~ Blair High School greenhouse
~ Friends of the National Arboretum
In all, the THC gave more than $1,200 in donations in 2012. In 2013, the THC plans to sponsor a re-planting of the Glenn Dale azalea hybrids that were a mainstay of Takoma Park’s green spaces for decades.
For the last few years, the THC had used the proceeds from the bulb sale to purchase gardening books for the City of Takoma Park, MD library and the Takoma branch library in Washington, DC. You can find a tremendous collection of gardening books in both library locations to give you a bit of green to get through the winter doldrums.
This year, THC members gathered in December to make evergreen arrangements that could be used for long-lasting holiday decor. About 60 arrangements were donated to the St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville, MD.
The THC is fast approaching its 100th anniversary and is believed to be the second oldest garden club in the nation. Most of the current 120+ members of the THC are in southern Montgomery County, the bordering areas of Prince George’s County, and northwest Washington DC.
The THC usually meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Takoma Community Center space near downtown Takoma Park, MD. The meetings are free and open to the public.
The THC’s main methods of communication are its Yahoo group email list, which is open to anyone interested (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/takomahort/), and its newly revamped web site, www.takomahort.org.
THC membership is $12 per year. Membership benefits include the monthly newsletter and web site, club meetings with expert garden speakers, as well as members-only events including a yearly Potluck Dinner and Indoor Plant Exchange in January, twice yearly Garden Plant Exchanges in spring and fall, a Club Picnic each summer, free garden consultations, and wholesale bulb order.
Kathy is a lifetime member of the Takoma Horticultural Club and highly recommends you join as well. She is editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.WashingtonGardener.com) and a long-time DC area gardening enthusiast.