January Calendar of Events for Crofton Village Garden Club

The Annual Legislation Day for Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland will take place on Wednesday, January 18, at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. You may park at one of the downtown garages or at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and take a shuttle bus directly to the Senate Office Building.

It’s so close for our club members, there’s no excuse for missing this important event.  Please click on Register for Legislation Day for a registration form, and submit it as soon as possible so they will have a relatively accurate count for making preparations.  This is your chance to meet our state legislators and tell them what’s bugging you about regulations or conditions in Maryland that impact our environment, our watershed, and the practice of gardening.

Legislation Day Schedule:

9:30-10 a.m. – Check-in
10-12:15 – Program
12:15-1 p.m. – Box Lunch ($15)
1-2 p.m. – Tour legislative offices.

The keynote speaker will be State Comptroller Peter Franchot.  Other speakers will include Erin Fitzsimmons, Special Environment Assistant to Attorney General Doug Gansler, Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton (our sponsor) and members of the Department of Natural Resources, whose topic will be initiatives including sustainable forests.

It would be a great learning experience for Crofton Village Garden Club members and provide visibility for our club among others in the Federated Garden Club of Maryland. And who knows, you might contribute some meaningful feedback that could influence future legislation in Maryland.  (Not to mention that we should support the FGCofMD volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event possible.)

Legislation Day is a great excuse for Crofton gardeners to spend a fun day out with your friends, combining civic involvement with an afternoon of shopping and browsing on Main Street.

Other January Events:

 4      CVGC Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall, Crofton, MD – Archiving our Memories, a National Garden Clubs Project. Presenters Sunny Frank and Margaret Woda
18     Legislation Day in Annapolis (see above)
20     Ikebana International, Chapter 118, 11:00 a.m., Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD
25     CVGC Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m., hosted by Sunny Frank

There are more than a dozen workshops and events scheduled at Behnke’s in nearby Beltsville or Bethesda during January.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do Bonsai, build a terrarium, make bath salts, create a kitchen herb garden or care for your African Violets, be sure to click on  Behnke’s in January 2012 for more information.

Click on the links in the left column of this page to find out about any events scheduled at nearby public gardens.

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