Projects

Crofton Village Garden Club Projects
2015-2016

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POLLINATOR GARDEN AT CROFTON LIBRARY – New Project

Crofton Village Garden Club received a 2014 Unity Grant of Maryland to build a pollinator garden at Crofton Library. The pollinator garden was a collaborative effort supported by the Anne Arundel County Library System and assisted by the Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel County. In addition, the Patuxent Nursery donated compost and mulch to the project.

The garden will not only encourage the population of pollinators, but will also serve as an educational component to demonstrate to community members the importance of the pollinators for our environment. Due to the decline of pollinators and to the deterioration of pollinator health, the club’s focus is to encourage pollinator gardens not only in public places but in home gardens.

About 20 percent of our members participate in maintaining the garden. Project Chair is Jane Dillehay.

COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP “LET’S GO NATIVE” – New Project

IMG_8679Crofton Village Garden Club is collaborating with the Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel County to educate local businesses and community associations about the importance of incorporating native plants in their public areas.   Club members provide assistance in designing these spaces and incorporating native plants, while encouraging them to adopt Bay-Wise practices.

Project Chair is Linda Childs.

BLUE STAR MEMORIAL AT CROFTON LIBRARY – Since 2012

CrofBS Memorial2ton Village Garden Club donated a Blue Star Memorial Marker that was unveiled and dedicated at the entrance to Crofton Branch Library in May 2013 to honor those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces

Members were joined for the ceremonies by Jackie Handley, President of Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and other dignitaries from the District and State garden club organizations, the Library System, the State Legislature and the community.

All of our members participated in the 2010 Holiday House Tour which funded the Blue Star Memorial marker and the dedication ceremonies. The marker and surrounding area are maintained by club members during semiannual service days at the library. Project chair is Camille DeVito.

GARDEN THERAPY

CROFTON CARE & REHABILITATION CENTER – Since 1990

Crofton CareCrofton Village Garden Club has been conducting hands-on workshops for patients at Crofton Care and Rehabilitation Center for 25 years.

Patients appreciate the one-on-one attention from our club members and enjoy this opportunity to participate in various design projects. After the workshops, patients take the finished projects to their rooms to enjoy for several more days.  

All of our members participate in the house tours which fund these workshops at Crofton Care and Rehabilitation Center. About 25% of our members participate in the hands-on workshops with patients. Project Chair is Diane Smith.

PLANTINGS FOR PUBLIC AND SPECIAL PLACES  

CROFTON CHERRY TREES – Since 1965

Crofton Village Garden Club planted seventeen cherry trees along Crofton Parkway in 2015 to celebrate Crofton’s 50th Anniversary and the 1965 tree-planting project spearheaded by founding members of our club. All of our members participated in  the 2014 Crofton Holiday House Tour which funded these seventeen cherry trees.

The ongoing purchase, planting, and care of curbside cherry trees is funded through the sale of Cherry Tree Ornaments. Project Chair is Jane McClanahan.

CROFTON LIBRARY – Since 2010

Library MembersCrofton Village Garden Club members participate in service days twice a year at the Crofton Branch Library. Additionally, the club makes a financial contribution for the
purchase of mulch and other supplies to use in a garden area next to the library entrance. Library visitors, employees, and neighbors benefit from this beautification project. The Blue Star Memorial Marker is located in this garden area.

All of our members participate in the house tours that fund this project and about a third of our members participate in the semi-annual service days at Crofton Library. Project Chair is Camille DeVito.    

VILLAGE GREEN GARDEN – Since 2008

Crofton Village Garden Club maintains a roadside garden planted in 2008 by the club at the Crofton Village Green. Residents and visitors in “Old Crofton” – the community bordered by Routes 3, 424 and 450 – enjoy this roadside improvement as they enter our community by car or walk “The Parkway.”

This garden of native and ornamental plants includes a memorial plaque that honors deceased members of our club.

All of our members participated in the 2006 House and Garden Tour, which funded the initial design and installation of the Crofton Village Garden. About 10% of our members oversee its ongoing maintenance. Project Co-Chairs are Lynne Malley and Gail Brooks.

LINTHICUM WALKS – Since 2013

Linthicum WalksCrofton Village Garden Club works with other community organizations to restore the grounds at Linthicum Walks, an historic landmark in Crofton. Members weed and mulch the beds and prone or replace plants to restore the grounds.

About 10 percent of our members participate in the grounds restoration at Linthicum Walks. Project Chair is Nancy Percival

CROFTON RAIN GARDEN – Since 2011

Crofton Rain Garden

Crofton Village Garden Club partnered with other community organizations in 2011 to reduce and mitigate stormwater damage to creeks, streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Everyone who enjoys or relies upon the Chesapeake Bay aquatic ecosystem benefits from this conservation project. This project diverts stormwater from Crawford Boulevard to the street-side rain garden rather than the stormwater drains on Rt. 3, where it previously flowed. 

All of our members participated in the 2010 High Tea and Fashion Show, Plant it Pink, which funded our donation to this project, and about a third of our members helped with planting. We continue to promote Bay-Wise practices through our internal and external education program. Co-Chairs are Nancy Percival and Marcia Richard.  

COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION

HOLIDAYS IN CROFTON – Since 1969

Holiday Decorations - Version 2

Crofton Village Garden Club has decorated our community with fresh evergreen wreaths for the holidays since 1969. Visitors and nearly 30,000 residents of Crofton enjoy the fruits of our labor from this, our “signature” community service project.

Club members attach member-made red velvet bows to wreaths, hang them from lamp posts at the Crofton Village Green, and distribute them to Crofton public schools and the Crofton Library. We also decorate the front entrance to Old Crofton, located at Crawford Boulevard and Route 3.

All of our members participate in the silent auction, which funds holiday decorations for Crofton, and about a third of our members take part in decorating the community. Project Chair is Harriet Kiilehua.

HOLIDAYS IN ANNAPOLIS

Crofton Village Garden Club joins with other District II garden clubs annually to decorate State Circle and Maryland State House with fresh evergreen wreaths.  Residents, workers, and visitors to Historic Annapolis enjoy these decorations throughout the holiday season.

Two or three of our members participate in this project, which is funded by our club dues. Project Chair is Marcia Richard.

Crofton Village Garden Club also partners with other District II garden clubs each year to decorate the historic Hammond-Harwood House for the holidays.  The Hammond Harwood-House Association benefits from this project, as well as visitors who have an opportunity to enjoy the period holiday decorations.

All of our members participate in the silent auction, which funds this project, and about 25% of our members take part in decorating State Circle and the Maryland State House. Project Chair is Cindy Hansen

MAY BASKETS – Since 2014

Crofton Village Garden Club members create and display May Baskets at their homes on May 1 and encourage community residents to participate. This project stimulates members’ interest in flower arranging and encourages, by example, pride in our community.  Project Chair is Glenna Kidd.

HONORING OUR VETERANS

VETERANS DAY – Since 1999

Crofton Village Garden Club members created red, white and blue flower arrangements to honor the men and women who serve our country. Veterans at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are always delighted to receive the colorful flowers and thank you notes from our club.

Each member creates two or three arrangements during this annual hands-on workshop at our November meeting. Project Co-Chairs are Harriet Kiilehua and Paula Moratto.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS – Since 2011

Operation Christmas 2014Crofton Village Garden Club members have donated toiletries, books, and other items to fill holiday gift bags for deployed troops since 2011. The bags are filled during a hands-on workshop and shipped to Operation Give for distribution overseas.

Nearly all of our members make a voluntary donation of gift items or money for the Operation Christmas project and about 25% of our members participate in the workshop. Project Chair is Margaret Woda.

Crofton Village Garden Club supports the following organizations, in addition to our hands-on projects: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary, Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Jug Bay Wetlands, Maryland Daffodil Society, Natural Disasters USA (NGC Project), and Penny Pines (NGC Project).

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