Crofton Garden Club Installs New Officers

New President, Sally Moore, with Founding Member Bernie Robertson.

Sally Moore will be the new President of Crofton Village Garden Club for 2012-2013.

Sally chaired the fabulous flower show held last Spring, At The Library, and she has served in a number of other offices and roles for the club.

Outgoing President Harriet Kiilehua will be the Parliamentarian, in accordance with the club bylaws. Other officers include 1st Vice-President Marcia Richard, 2nd Vice-President Pat Stevenson, Recording Secretary Glenna Kidd, Corresponding Secretary Jean McLaughlin, and Treasurer Ute Alford.

A few other photos taken at this meeting can be found on the PHOTOS page of this website.

A Crofton Village Christmas – Photos

Many thanks to the weather gods for giving us such a beautiful day for A Crofton Village Christmas, the holiday home tour sponsored by Crofton Village Garden Club on December 11.  In case you missed it, here are some photos taken during the tour.

Just click on the exterior photo to view a slideshow of additional photos for each home.

1563 Eton Way
Don and Antoinette Kellaher

As you step into this expanded split foyer in Old Crofton, you may  be surprised to see the dining room at the top of the stairs.  There’s a sitting area in the Kellahers’ original dining room and, on the other side of French doors, a great room. A giant handmade wreath of fresh greens hangs on the great room window overlooking the golf course and you’ll find fresh greens with festive bows throughout this holiday wonderland.

1557 Eton Way
Katie and John Dentler

Pineapples, boxwood wreaths, and candles welcome you to this home, where you’ll be drawn immediately to a sun room overlooking the 7th fairway of Crofton Country Club golf course—a perfect spot for the Dentler family Christmas tree. This recently-expanded home has been updated from top to bottom, but still maintains the ambiance of Colonial Williamsburg. Look for an antique hand carved wood mantle, but you won’t find it over the fireplace.

1804 Stonegate Avenue
Nancy and George Percivall

The spirit of Christmas comes early to Crofton in this delightfully decorated colonial located in the Greens of Crofton. The Percivalls’ home is trimmed with care from top to bottom with yards of garland and hundreds of hand made ornaments. Charming cookies and cookie cutters adorn the garland in the newly remodeled kitchen. Even the kid-friendly basement holds a secret you won’t want to miss!


1810 Stonegate Avenue
Linda and Wes Jordan

Welcome to “Santa Central” in the Greens of Crofton, where you’ll find a collection of 600 Santa’s mixed with Italian pottery and artifacts in every nook and cranny. Italy was home to the Jordan family for three years, and they brought a little of it back with them to Crofton. It’s evident in the Tuscan-style kitchen décor, the hand-painted village scene on a dining room wall and throughout their beautiful home.

6816 Crofton Colony Court
Betsy and Clyde Grimm

Shades of warm taupe, honey yellow, auburn, and deep peach provide a perfect backdrop for the many special features in this October 6, 2011, Annapolis Capital Home of the Week. Each space in the home is carefully and uniquely designed—from the handsomely decorated man-cave for Clyde on the main level to the rose-themed master bedroom upstairs. Holiday decorations in the Grimms’ Crofton Colony home are sure to delight us.

1511 Pearl Avenue
Sally and Gary Moore

Gary’s passion for golf and Sally’s love of good wine and design are evident in the décor of this beautiful Chapman Farm home.
You’ll see many interesting architectural and design elements as you tour every level, including the downstairs golf domain. Nontraditional colors for the holiday decorations are not the only surprise you’ll find. Look for a harlequin-pattern ceiling in the home office and black window coverings in an unlikely place.

Proceeds of this event will help support the projects and goals of the Crofton Village Garden Club and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Herbs from the Garden… Hmmm, Hmmm, Good!

Maria Price came to the October meeting of Crofton Village Garden Club armed with herbs in pots, baggies and other containers for members to pass around and enjoy their aroma.  The proprietor of Willow Oaks Flowers and Herb Garden had lots of information for us, including recommendations of how to use these spices.

The beautiful scent of Lavender, for example, reportedly relieves stress.  Who couldn’t use that?

Towards the end of Maria’s presentation, members were served herbal tea that had been brewing throughout the meeting.  Reaction to it was mixed, but there’s no doubt this was a perfect ending for an informative and educational program.

Honoring the Men and Women Who Serve will be our programs next month.  Anna Dixon and Bernie Robertson will assist members in creating 120 arrangements for the Veterans at Loch Raven VA Rehabilitation Center.

Elizabeth Wyble to Speak at CVGC September Meeting

Photo:  Sunny Frank

Photo: Sunny Frank

The Wonderful World of Flower Arranging will be the program for our meeting on September 1, 2010 at Prince of Peace Fellowship Hall on Ardsley Place.

District II Programs and Workshop Chair and former NGC Board Member Elizabeth Wyble will present the “nuts and bolts” of conducting a flower show and make suggestions for selecting plant materials and designs.  We are very privileged to have this national figure at our meeting, so please plan on staying ’til noon so you catch the whole program.

In addition to this program, members can look forward to  receiving their new yearbooks, committees will announce plans for the coming year, and Harriet will no doubt have several announcements of coming events.

New Crofton residents who are interested in joining Crofton Village Garden Club may attend as the guest of any member.  Contact membership chair C.J. Salisbury (410-721-5430) for more information.


Crofton Library Sponsors Gardening Series

Crofton Library is sponsoring ASK A MASTER GARDENER on Saturdays, beginning September 4, 2010

The series will run through October 16, 2010.  Each session will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

Bring your plants, weeds, and bugs in a sealed plastic bag for analysis, as well as any horticulture questions you may have.

The Crofton Library is located at  1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114


REMINDER:  First garden club meeting of 2010–11 will take place at 9:30 a.m. on September 1 at Prince of Peace Fellowship Hall.

District II Director, Sylvia Deck, Says…

I have had the distinct pleasure of hosting Vision of Beauty Photo Shoots this summer.
I could not have done this alone.  Sunny Frank, Past President of Crofton Village Garden Club, was instrumental in the success of this dream I had – a vision that came to fruition.  Sunny has the patience of a saint and the eye of a professional photographer.  Thank you, Sunny, and thank you to your helpers as well!
I could not have done this alone.  Without Dorrie McDonald, Anna O’Kelly, Liz McGinniss, and Lucia DiRado and their entries and their support.  These gals came to the photo shoots, did designs and/or provided moral support for those that were doing designs.  Dorrie also provided some scrumptious blueberry cobbler (blueberries from her garden). Major YUM!
One can not have dreams like this and hope to accomplish them on their own.  I had a dream that Maryland would get a design or two in the calendar.  But you need your friends to come out and help you achieve this dream.  I was lucky.  Several of my friends came out and participated in this fun event.  Once you see the designs that were done, you will agree with me and say that we will be represented in the 2012 calendar.  I hope I didn’t just jinx us!
Today, I had the pleasure of UPS’ing 17 entries for consideration.  17!  Isn’t that fantastic!  Wowwee!   I have been told by a couple of other ladies that they are sending in pics of their gardens and of their designs on their own.  So hopefully Maryland will be well represented in the 2012 Vision of Beauty calendar.
I am working on getting a WRAP Party planned.  This party will have pictures of our designs on display.  I had all of the photo entries enlarged for your viewing pleasure.  When we get this party planned, we are hoping that you will attend and bring a friend along.  We hope it will inspire you to participate next year as well.  We are hoping your guests will be inspired to the point of joining a club.
So here is to friendship through flowers and photos.  We are all Visions of Beauty.  Enjoy your day and thank you ever so much for your support in my dreams!
Til I see you again, may your weeds be few and your blooms be many!

Sylvia Deck,
District II Director


Fashion Show Tickets Now on Sale

Crofton Village Garden Club is throwing a party, and you’re invited!

The “Plant It Pink” Fashion Show and High Tea will be held on Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at Crofton Country Club.  Only 200 tickets will be available,  so don’t wait until the last minute to contact a garden club member or Committee Co-Chair Pat Stevenson (301-261-0299) for your tickets.

You’ll see fashions from several local stores modeled by members and a few local celebrities… even a few members’ children and grandchildren will make an appearance.

Beneficiaries of the event will be “Plant It Pink” – a partnership between National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation – and beautification projects in Crofton.

For more details, click on the Fashion Show tab at the top of this page.

UPDATE 3/13/2009: According to Ticket Co-Chair Sally Moore, tickets are no longer available for the Fashion Show.  There is a wait list, in case some are returned and do become available.