“Books in Bloom” This will be the third year of this project, conducted in partnership with the Calvert County Library: book-inspired floral designs interpreting a book’s title, cover, content or theme.
Click here to view the floral designs from past Books in Bloom
Historic Linden Kitchen Garden
Linden is the refurbished site of the Calvert County Historical Society. Calvert Garden Club established the Flower & Herb Garden for the enjoyment of the public, and continues to develop plans for the beautification of the grounds of Linden in a manner complementary to the house. Members of the Calvert Garden Club adopt beds for the season and participate in an annual spring cleanup of the garden and grounds. A grove of evergreen and deciduous trees, including an American linden, has been planted in honor of past Calvert Garden Club presidents. The Calvert Garden Club received the 2006 Historic Preservation Award from the National Garden Clubs of America for the Kitchen Garden at Linden.
Civic Christmas Decorations A long-standing tradition of the Calvert Garden Club, the Greening of the Courthouse Square—and now Linden—involves all members of the club. Greens from members’ gardens are used to create beautiful wreaths, swags, roping and della Robbia to beautify the County Courthouse and surrounding streets for the seasonal enjoyment of all county residents and visitors.
Garden Therapy at the Calvert Nursing Center Members of the Calvert Garden Club volunteer to meet every month throughout the year with the residents of the Calvert Nursing Center in Prince Frederick. It is a commitment that brings much pleasure to the residents of the facility. Almost every club member gets involved from time to time.
We select a theme for each session according to the month of the year and supply basic materials for the designs. We provide the materials and flowers for making individual arrangements for the participants and rely on club members to bring what they can – fresh flowers, greens, herbs even silks.
Our largest event is at Christmas time, when we help the residents make and decorate miniature boxwood trees. We usually have as many members helping as we do residents participating. The finished results are placed in residents’ rooms and various stations throughout the Center.
Hospice Christmas Tree Decorating (Festival of Trees) The annual “Festival of Trees” marks the true beginning of the Holiday Season in Calvert County! Organized to benefit Calvert Hospice, the Festival features more than 50 beautifully decorated trees. The Calvert Garden Club annually sponsors a tree at the event and committee members determine the decorating theme. The tree is decorated the Friday after Thanksgiving at Huntingtown High School, Huntingtown, MD, for the weekend’s event.
After the public show at Huntingtown High School, the Calvert Garden Club Hospice Tree goes to Christ Church to brighten their fellowship hall for the holidays.
Young Gardeners at Calverton The Calvert Garden Club sponsors the Young Gardeners Program for fourth graders at The Calverton School, an independent school in Huntingtown, MD. Fourth grade students participate in a variety of activities.Students plant pansies in individual plastic buckets; create photo frames with dried flowers, shells, and other natural material; use crayons, fall leaves, wax paper, and an iron to produce faux stained glass, and design holiday wreaths with live greens in December.
The program is made possible by financial support of Calvert Garden Club; leadership of Calvert Garden Club members who meet with students quarterly; the accommodating atmosphere at the Calverton School; and enthusiasm of the students.
Monthly Mini Flower Show Each month the members of the Calvert Garden Club select a flower design theme and a number of plants that are exhibited during the monthly meetings. All members contribute to these exhibits.
Annual Plant Sale
This event takes place in April of each year, outside of the gardens at Linden. It is the only fundraiser for the club. Members collect plants and seedlings from their gardens and offer them at bargain prices. The proceeds fund the donations that Calvert Garden Club provides to our Supported Community Organizations .
Echo Gardens Project ECHO House is a transitional homeless shelter in Calvert County. In spring of 2011, the Calvert Garden Club voted to accept the recommendation of then President, Nancy Thompson, to create a vegetable garden that the clients of the shelter could tend and use as part of a healthy diet. Continuing our sponsorship of this project, club members will continue over the next 4 years to plant a spring and fall crop and clean out the beds and prepare them for the winter, while the staff and residents of ECHO House will maintain the garden and harvest the crops for their use. It is our hope that by the end of the five years of our sponsorship maintaining this garden will have become a useful and integral part of the value that Project Echo delivers to its residents.
Art Blooms at Annmarie Garden This annual event provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the art exhibits at Annmarie Garden side by side with floral interpretations done by members of the Calvert Garden Club and other designers from neighboring garden clubs. A gala dinner is held on Friday evening and the floral presentations are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds of this event support activities for children at Annmarie Garden.
Have you seen the lovely lobby at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus? That’s the work of the Calvert Garden Club, in conjunction with the Dean and the landscaping and electrical staff at the college.
Several Calvert Garden Club members met with the Dr. Richard Fleming, the Vice President/Dean of the Prince Frederick campus, designed the raised bed, which includes a fountain with trickling water, directed lighting, gravel, and a variety of plants in containers, and other garden décor.
The landscaping and electrical staff at CSM followed our design to build the raised bed, complete with gravel, and installed the lighting and the fountain. Garden Club members selected the plants, helped to procure the containers and fountain at discounted prices, and installed the plants in the under stairwell lobby area.
Although we will check on our indoor garden periodically, the staff at the college will maintain the garden.