President's Message for 2018

What a fabulous 2017 for the Federation and its members. 2018 will be just as exciting and BUSY! The June 2017 “Garden Party” to celebrate National Garden Week presented by all four Councils: Environmental, Gardening, Judges and Landscape Design, was such a success we will again celebrate National Garden Week Tuesday, June 5th. We held excellent Environmental and Gardening Schools and decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to display at the State House. The Federation’s booth at the Maryland Home and Gardens Show in March was a big attraction. Thanks to the members in each District who decorated table top dress forms to draw attention to our booth. The State Membership Chairman collected several membership applications. The March State Annual Meeting was well attended with awards presented to many deserving members and clubs. The Judges Council’s Standard Flower Show, “Planting Maryland from the Mountains to the Ocean”, this President’s theme, was over the top! Environmental School Course II is presented in April, May 2 is a trip to NorthBay Environmental Camp for Middle School Students (this President’s project), Gardening School Course III is May 15-16, June 5 Celebrate National Garden Week at Vollmer Center(advertised in the Spring issue of National Gardner!),  September 18th is a Landscape Design Symposium, October 23 Conservation and Environmental Awareness Program at Vollmer Center, November 6-7 is Judges Symposium and in December clubs will again be decorating trees or wreaths for the State House. Mark your calendar for the 90th State Annual Meeting at Turf Valley, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.. All of the 2018 events are listed in the FGCMD Events Calendar on the website.

Thank you for your support of the Federation and for all you do for your garden club and District.

President Diana Bonner

2017 - 2019

President's Theme:

"Planting Maryland From the Mountains to the Ocean"

President's Project:

"NorthBay Environmental Camp for Middle School Students"

"Planting Maryland from the Mountains to the Ocean” takes us back to our roots – digging the soil and planting seeds, trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers. It also reminds us that there are many different ways to “plant”. We plant seeds of love and kindness through our Garden Therapy programs helping the young and old, the sick and disabled. We also plant seeds of environmental awareness by supporting our President’s project – NorthBay Environmental Camp for Middle School Students. You may send your donation to the office payable to FGCMD with “NorthBay” in the memo. As we sow these different types of seeds to enrich our world, we enrich ourselves. So keep planting and stay rooted!

                                                                                                                                                                                ~ President Diana Bonner

Ellie Kelly, center,  Perennial Bloom Award Recipient 2017 with Diana Bonner (l) and
NGC President Nancy Hargroves (r)
Sharon Tietjens and Ryan Worley  are presented  a check for $5,000 for the NorthBay Environmental Camp and Awards of Appreciation for their commitment to the  camp.