Monday, May 23, 2011

Capitol Hill Garden Club's Magical May Walk

The Capitol Hill Garden Club (a NCA District I club) held it's Magical May Walk on May 10th, 2011 at Harbour Square.  Check out the Capitol Hill Garden Club blog for some fantastic photographs of this garden tour that included rooftops!

Montclair Blue Star Memorial Dedication

On May 21st, 2011, the Garden Club of Montclair (a NCA District II garden club) along with the Montclair Property Owners Association dedicated a Blue Star Memorial at 3561 Waterway Drive, Montclair, Virginia.  
For more information about the event please check out the following link:

NCA President Vicki Godwin (second from left) was in attendance for the wonderful event.

Ken Schwartz Sculpture

This 37" tall Ken Schwartz Sculpture will be available for you to take home at the conclusion of the NCG Convention on Sunday, May 29.  The sculptures are being pre-sold for $35 each.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Arlene Stewart to reserve yours. ( or 703-791-4356)  $35 checks should be made payable to NGC Convention and mailed to Arlene Stewart 12200 Ashley Ct.  Manassas, VA  20112.  Remember the sculptures must be picked up on May 29 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC.

Yacht Haven Garden Club Installation

On May 5th, 2011,  Yacht Haven Garden Club, a District II member of the NCA, held it's installation  of new officers.  Ebba Jo Spettel, YHGC 1st VP, presented a plaque to Babs McClendon, YHGC President, honoring her leadership as President of Yacht Haven GC for the last 2 years. NCA President Vicki Godwin was on hand to install the new officers.

Marianne Raub of Helen Olivia Flowers, gave a floral demonstration at the installation.


Ayr Hill Garden Club Civic Leadership

On May 14th, 2011, Ayr Hill Garden Club, a NCA District III Club, was recognized by Vienna, Virginia, for dedicating 30 years to gardening a public space.  The W & OD Railroad Regional Park

was the site of the event. Elected officials and civic leaders including Ms. Vickie Godwin, President of the NGC is shown above planting a native shrub in the presence of (from left to right) Karl Mohle, Manager for W&OD Railroad Regional Park, Jane Seeman, Mayor, Town of Vienna, Ayr Hill GardenClub current President Nancy Moats and past President Daphne Sloan.

MD House and Garden Pilgrimage

On May 22nd, 2011 the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Prince George's Historical Society opened Hard Bargain Farm and the Ferguson farmhouse for tours. The proceeds of the events benefitted the Prince George's County Historical Society. Fergie's Gardeners, a NGC District I club, is committeed to the Ferguson Foundation. Check out the following websites for more information:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Save the Azalea's Fundraiser

"Save the Azalea" tote bags are available for purchase!  The bags can be obtained through Arbor House gift shop located at the US National Arboretum.  A $5 donation per bag is requested but please feel generous as the money goes to the US National Arboretum trust fund, organized and administered by Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA).  The trust is to provide an endowment for mantaining the USNA plant collections--azaleas, boxwood, narcissus, etc.  Community support for the azalea collection among others at the Arboretum is tremendous.  FONA is trying to raise $1M to match the very generous anonymous donation of $1M made in February to the Arboretum. 
To obtain bags contact Mary Beth Cecil or 301-868-2224 or Casey Kneipp 301-772-3946

Common Good Farm

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Prince Charles of Wales visited Common Good City Farm!  The NCA has supported Common Good City Farm from 2007 when it was located in the Shaw neighborhood of DC and continues now that the farm is located in the LeDroit Park neighborhood.  How wonderful for the gardening community that Prince Charles highlighted an organization which is sharing valuable resources on sustainable gardening, vegetable production and healthy eating habits!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Installation of Officers

     What a great day! On Tuesday, April 27th, 2011, Vickie Godwin took over the reins of the National Capital Area (NCA) from Mary Ellen Alden!!!!  The smiles on their faces reflect the energy and excitement in the room.  How lucky the NCA was to have the Central Atlantic Region (CAR) Director, Carmen Devito attend.  Her presence was greatly
appreciated and very warmly welcomed by all in attendance.     So many club members, from all four districts were in attendance to welcome the new President, her board and the new district directors.
NCA has such a variety of garden clubs mixed throughout the four districts which encompass Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C..  Some of us prefer to get our hands dirty in the ground, some prefer to use containers and some just enjoy floral arrangements.  It is always a relaxed and fun atmosphere when the four disticts join together to share our special views on gardening.  I always enjoy talking to members from other clubs and districts.   I have been inspired to try new things after hearing about their garden or the children's garden their club designed and maintains!
       The installation luncheon was held at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, Maryland.  The day was gorgeous, the company fantastic, especially the presence of the 9 past Presidents of the NCA who sat at a table of honor.
The food ws really spectacular, especially the house special popovers!  After dessert, everyone enjoyed watching floral designer  Tracy Bollinger work her magic.  Her are just a few of her fabulous designs of the day!