September 2, 2015

Gardeners Make a Difference
Conservation/Environment Initiative

Program: Nancy Percivall, Crofton Village Garden Club Committee Chair for Conservation/Horticulture, and Mary Yee, an Anne Arundel County Master Gardener and Beekeeper, will provide an informative presentation on many areas of interest relating to Conservation and the Environment. The art of beekeeping; the war against invasive plants and introducing an eco-friendly solution; advancing Bay-Wise practices; and other environmental contributions will be discussed. At the program conclusion, members will be invited to visit Linthicum Walks to see firsthand the devastating effects of invasive plants, and to tour a fellow member’s Bay-Wise Certified yard.

Conservation Topic: Be a Hero for Wildlife — Create a Pollinator Friendly Habitat in Your Yard

Design Exhibit: A Mass Arrangement by Cathy Gallagher, Sue Hoge, Shirley Levendoski and Marcia Richard

Hostesses: Cathy Gallagher*, Jennifer Castle, Harriet Kiilehua, Joanne O’Malley and Mary Jo Shook

Board Meeting: September 30, 2015, facilitated by Cindy Hansen


October 7, 2015

A Primer to Proper Pruning
Horticulture Presentation

Program: Gene Sumi, Educational Coordinator and Horticulturist at Homestead Gardens, will present a workshop on the proper techniques of pruning — the what, how and when to prune. Following his presentation, Mr. Sumi will invite members to share their horticultural questions and he will provide specific answers to address their issues.

Conservation Topic: Can’t Bead It — How Plastic Microbeads are Affecting Our Bay

Design Exhibit: A Monochromatic Arrangement by Ute Alford, Camille DeVito, Diane Smith and Faye Tolliver

Hostesses: Diane Gallow*, Barbara Emden, Audrey Kerge, Carol McNemar and Eleanor Saulino

Board Meeting: October 28, 2015, facilitated by Shirley Levendoski


November 4, 2015

Salute Our Valiant Heroes
Floral Design Workshop and Civic Achievement Project

Program: Members Harriet Kiilehua, former Crofton Village Garden Club President, and Paula Moratto will conduct a hands- on workshop for members to create patriotic-themed flower arrangements for wounded veterans at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore.

Conservation Topic: A Guide for a Greener Shopping Experience

Hostesses: Jane McClanahan*, JoAnn Cook, Sally Moore, Gail Schulz and Tish Smith

Board Meeting: November 25, 2015, facilitated by Harriet Kiilehua


December 2, 2015

Holiday Greens
Civic Beautification Project

Program: Led by Committee Chair Harriet Kiilehua, Crofton Village Garden Club members will decorate for the holidays a number of venues within the community. Beautiful live greens and festive red bows will adorn several public schools, the Crofton Library, the Village Green, and Crofton’s main entrance.

Members will travel to Annapolis to enjoy the beautiful and festive seasonal displays along City Dock and Main Street before dining together for lunch in a nearby restaurant.

Hostesses: Faye Tolliver*, Linda Childs, Karen Frost, Lorraine Gordon and Angela Silverstein

Board Meeting: December 30, 2015, facilitated by Nancy Percivall


January 6, 2016

The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly
Conservation/Environmental Lecture

Program: Karyn Molines, Division Chief for Calvert County Natural Resources, will facilitate a lecture and discussion about the preservation of the Monarch butterfly, exploring the habitat and life-cycle of the Monarch. Karyn will share her vast knowledge and passion for the Monarch, as well as her personal involvement in creating a Monarch Waystation.

To learn more, visit the following websites: for-butterflies

Conservation Topic: Test Your Knowledge About Lyme Disease Design Exhibit: A Circle Arrangement by Jennifer Castle, Cindy Hansen, Lisa Houser and Joanne O’Malley

Hostesses: Marilyn Reilly*, Beverly Frye, Cindy Hansen, Rena Pogue and C.J. Salisbury

Board Meeting: January 27, 2016, facilitated by Mary Funk


February 3, 2016

A Floral Valentine
Floral Design Workshop

Program: Ute Alford, Crofton Village Garden Club member and talented floral designer, will demonstrate basic floral design techniques to create a beautiful Valentine arrangement. Members will be provided all of the necessary materials, and will be guided through easy step-by-step instructions in this hands- on learning experience.

Conservation Topic: How to Grow Delicious Edible Mushrooms Design Exhibit: A Triangle Arrangement by Suzann Barthold, Linda Childs, Gillian Myers and Mary Jo Shook

Hostesses: Diane Smith*, Betsey Grimm, Paulette Heward, Lisa Houser and Mid O’Malley

Board Meeting: February 24, 2016, facilitated by Kathy Puhak


March 2, 2016

Installation of Officers Luncheon and Silent Auction
Crofton Village Garden Club 2016-2018

Program: Pat Stevenson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, will install the newly elected Crofton Village Garden Club officers for 2016-2018.

Attendees will enjoy a delightful luncheon, fellowship, and a silent auction fundraiser to be held at the Walden Country Club located at 1500 Riedel Road from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Members will register items for auction which may include items such as garden supplies, books, pottery, baskets, wall decor, glassware, jewelry and accessories. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ongoing projects and programs of the Crofton Village Garden Club.

Hostesses: Gillian Meyers*, Suzann Barthold, Shirley Levendoski, Paula Moratto and Pat Stevenson

Board Meeting: March 30, 2016, facilitated by Diane Gallow


April 6, 2016

Creating a Fabulous Fairy Garden
Horticultural Design Demonstration

Program: Members will take a short road trip to Patuxent Nursery located at 2410 Crain Highway in Bowie, MD. After a brief business meeting, Mary Claire Walker, Patuxent Nursery Manager, and Sandra Porterfield, Master Gardener and “Fairy Expert,” will guide members in creating a whimsical and imaginative fairy garden. Sample gardens will be displayed for members to get ideas for their own creation. Some materials will be provided by Patuxent and members may choose to purchase additional items.

Conservation Topic: How Much Do You Know About Recycling? A Quiz to Find Out How Green You Really Are!

Design Exhibit: A Wreath Design by Jane McClanahan, Diane Zurfluh, Tish Smith and Paulette Heward

Hostesses: Margaret Woda*, Carol Buhr, Lynne Malley, Diana Teliak and Diane Zurfluh

Board Meeting: April 27, 2016, facilitated by Joanne O’Malley


May 4, 2016

A Year in Review — Looking Forward to New Challenges
Civic Beautification and Achievement

Program: Crofton Village Garden Club past President, Marcia Richard, will host a presentation highlighting the many accomplishments and events of the past year. Several contributing members who have led some of the year’s more significant events will share their program’s challenges and successes.

Following the program, members will be invited to travel a short distance from Crofton to the Thanksgiving Farm Winery located at 195 Harwood Road in Harwood, MD. Proprietors and vintners, Doug and Maureen Heimbuch, will provide a warm welcome. Members will be invited to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards landscape. The Heimbuchs will introduce members to the intense dedication and passion they have for the fine art of winemaking — producing and harvesting grapes grown in the vineyards at Thanksgiving Farm. Interested members will have an opportunity for wine tasting in the beautiful tasting room. Before leaving the farm some may choose to conclude their visit strolling through the vineyard area.

For more information, visit

Hostesses: Maria-Elena Bodnar, Camille DeVito, Sue Hoge, Debbie Risher and Shirley Townes

Board Meeting: May 25, 2016, facilitated by JoAnn Cook


June 1, 2016

Historic London Town and Gardens
U.S. and World Garden Tour

Program: Club members will enjoy many facets of the 23-acre park owned by Anne Arundel County, and managed by the London Town Foundation. The park features history, archaeology, and horticulture on the South River in Edgewater, MD. The staff will provide an orientation and tour offering a diverse horticultural experience — including Woodland, Ornamental, Environmental, and Historical Gardens.

To learn more, visit

Hostesses: Marcia Richard*, Mary Funk, Glenna Kidd, Kathy Puhak and Doris Smith

Board Meeting: August 31, 2016, facilitated by incoming President for 2016-2018


Programs for 2016-2017 will be posted on or about September 1, 2016