White Christmas by Crofton Village Garden Club

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas inspired this year’s holiday decorations created by Crofton Village Garden Club  for the first floor study of Hammond Harwood House in Historic Annapolis.

Joan Miller chaired the committee, which included Cindy Hansen, Nancy Percival, Jean Davis, Lynne Malley, Mid O’Malley, Pat Stevenson, and  Shirley Townes.   They met twice to plan and prepare the decorations and joined other District II garden clubs on November 28 to dress the magnificent 18th-century Anglo-Palladian Hammond-Harwood House at 19 Maryland Avenue for their annual holiday greens sale and daily tours in December.

Committee 2

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To see some of the whimsical decorations created by Crofton Village Garden Club members, click on PHOTOS.

Saturday, December 1, will b e Greens Preview Day – the public’s first chance to see the holiday decorations and purchase a wreath and table decorations from boxwood, magnolia, and other materials gathered from the Hammond-Harwood House garden.  Doors open at noon to the general public, and the greens will be on sale until they’re all gone.

According to the Hammond Harwood House website, proceeds help to maintain this historic treasure, recognized by many as the preeminent home on U.S. soil remaining from the British Colonial period (1607-1776).  During its rich history over more than 250 years, the home, on the National Register of Historic Places, was owned from 1926 to 1949 by St. John’s College who used it for courses on the decorative arts.

From December 1 through 31 (but not on Christmas!) docent-led tours of the Hammond-Harwood House will last 45 minutes to an hour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and AAA members, and $4 for children. While Hammond-Harwood welcomes children, they recommend the tour for those 5 years and older who will likely understand that touching the fragile decorations and furnishings is a no-no.  To engage the younger members of your group, the staff has devised a Young Historians Hunt activity that kids can complete during the tour.

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