A Water Garden for your Deck

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This Water Garden photo comes from Vidya Nairin in her blog post, HOW TO SET UP MINI WATER GARDENS ON YOUR DECK.

Many of our members have only a balcony or small porch, so I thought it might be fun for some of us to try. Wouldn’t your family and friends be impressed to see this on your deck?

According to the author, you can create a water garden like the one pictured here for less than $50, using household and garden items available at your local box stores. For a complete list of materials and Vladya’s six “how-to” steps for making your own water garden, click on the link to her blog (above). 

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CVGC Officers Installed

The Crofton Village Garden Club (CVGC) elects and installs a new Board of Directors every two years. This year is an exception, however, as our entire Board agreed to stay a third year so that our officers’ terms will coincide in the future with the Federated Garden Club of Maryland, which end in odd-numbered years.

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Recording Secretary Joanne O’Malley, Corresponding Secretary Cindy Hansen, Parliamentarian Sally Moore, Treasurer Kathy Puhak, 2nd V.P. JoAnn Cook, V.P. Glenna Kidd, and President Marcia Richard

Many thanks to these wonderful ladies who were installed again as the Board of Directors for CVGC on March 10 at Walden Country Club.

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FullSizeRenderHoney Boudman, a long-time club member, was recognized by President Marcia Richard for her long-time service to CVGC. Honey was the pre-Internet source of information that club members relied upon for many years for information about coming events. Who remembers her cheery phone calls, reminding us of an upcoming flower show or  telling us what to bring for the next workshop or meeting?

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CVGC also welcomed new member Marie Bryer, who was sponsored by Kathy Gallagher, and raised some money for our Crofton Cherry Tree Fund through a silent auction.

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Still Buried in Snow?

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For the Crofton gardener who is frustrated by all this snow – and winter, in general – here are some online posts that you might enjoy reading when you’re snowed in.

Speaking of Master Gardeners, don’t forget to attend their Seed Swap at Crofton Library on Saturday, January 30. Check-in will take place 10-10:45 a.m. While you’re encouraged to bring seeds to swap, that’s not a requirement.

Next CVGC Meeting: February 3, 2016. A Floral Valentine. Ute Alford, a 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.

Master Gardeners at Crofton Library

Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners and Crofton Community Library will present a FREE workshop this Saturday, January 16, and another one on Saturday, January 30.

Click here to view more details on their flyer about Saturday’s event.

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How to Use the CVGC Website

Library MembersCroftonVillageGardenClub.com is an essential element in promoting our club’s activities, in accordance with our club objective: To promote and carry out activities that will stimulate member and community interest in horticulture, conservation, and floral design. A secondary objective for the website is internal communication.

Whether you’re a new club member or a recent subscriber to the website, just think of this website as your online Yearbook because it contains the same information that is in the 2015-2016 Yearbook – but it’s updated more frequently than the Yearbook – and it’s online, so you can access it from anywhere at any time. But that’s not all…  there’s also a whole lot of information that you won’t find in your Yearbook, such as links in the left column to the websites of other garden clubs, organizations, public gardens, and vendors. 

The Home Page is stationary. The center section and right column simply provide a brief intro about the Crofton Village Club to visitors who may not be familiar with us. But let’s start at the top of the page, where you will see five tabs to help you navigate the website: 

ABOUT: If you hover over this tab lightly, a menu of links will appear that take you to the President’s Message, Programs, Projects, and the Calendar that appear in your Yearbook. If you know anyone who is thinking about joining our club, be sure to refer them to this tab on our website. Several new members have indicated that this was very helpful in their decision to join our club. This information was compiled with input from all of the Executive Officers and Committee Chairs, and provided to the webmaster by Yearbook Chair Bev Frye.

Linthicum WalksBLOG : Whenever a new article is posted to the blog, subscribers receive a notice in their email account. The Blog is updated more frequently than other sections of the website, in part because several members contribute content for posting. Did you see the post about TLC – The Linthicum Crew?  Nancy Percivall provided information about this ongoing project, as well as a photo of TLC at work. Click here to read it.

Doris Smith created a slideshow of photos taken at our 2015 Standard Flower Show. If you missed that post, click here to see it.

In fact, why don’t you click on the BLOG tab and scroll on down the page to view other posts… Topics range from recent meetings to educational material to information about our club’s fundraising efforts.

CVGC Adkins ArboretumPHOTOS: Photos submitted by club members are often posted to this section, but you will not receive an email notice about new photos… you just have to click on that tab periodically to see if you’re in any newly added photos. 

To share your photos on the website, please send the unedited digital file to Margaret Woda.

MEMBERS: If you hover over this tab lightly, a menu of links will appear that take you to our monthly newsletter, Seeds of Thought (provided monthly by Linda Childs), ByLaws (provided by Bev Frye), a list of Executive Officers and Committee Chairs (provided by Marcia Richard), and a pass-word protected PRIVATE directory of club members, including contact information (JoAnn Cook). The password for access to the PRIVATE directory can be found in your CVGC Yearbook on Page 36.

JoAnn personally updates this information frequently, adding names and contact info for new members and updates for anyone who notifies her about a new email address, phone number, or home address. This is the most up-to-date source for this information.

If you misplace your Seeds of Thought, just click on the link for the month you want… that issue will appear in living color on your computer screen.

CONTACT: This information is provided for non-members who want to contact the President, Membership Chair, or Webmaster.

But CroftonVillageGardenClub.com is not just for members! Our website provides ongoing exposure for the club’s activities within and beyond our community. This has no doubt contributed to new opportunities we’ve enjoyed in recent months and years for collaboration with the Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel County, local Home Owner’s Associations, Crofton Library, Friends of Historic Linthicum Walks, the Crofton Civic Association, and other community organizations.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to the website. It truly is a group effort by many club members! We hope everyone finds CroftonVillageGardenClub.com to be helpful and enjoyable.

Please encourage other members, as well as prospective new members, to subscribe for email updates.

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Welcome New Members

Crofton Village Garden Club welcomed new members Roy Myers and Diane Harvey during the holiday luncheon on December 2 at Carroll Creek Cafe in Eastport.

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CVGC President Marcia Richard and Membership Chair JoAnn Cook welcome New Member Roy Myers to our Club.

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CVGC President Marcia Richard, New Member Diane Harvey, and Membership Chair JoAnn Cook.

Several spouses and “significant others” joined members for the holiday luncheon, as our way of thanking them for supporting our efforts year-round.

NEXT MEETING:  Mark your calendar now for the January 6 meeting. Our program topic will be “The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly,” presented by Karyn Molines, Division Chief for Calvert County Natural Resources. Karyn will share her vast knowledge and passion for the monarch, as well as her personal involvement in creating a Monarch Waystation.

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Holiday Decorations in Crofton

Crofton Village Garden Club members decorated the Crofton Village Green for the holidays on Monday, as they have done every year since the club’s founding in 1969. They also decorated the front gates of Crofton on Route 3 and delivered wreaths to Crofton schools and the Crofton Library. Several businesses in the Village Green also participated.

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It felt more like Easter than Christmas, with relatively balmy weather, but club members and their helpers were not deterred from their goal of completing the project prior to Crofton’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

NEXT MEETING: Crofton Village Garden Club will celebrate the holidays with their spouses and invited guests at Carroll Creek Cafe on December 2, 2015.

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