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The Silver Spring Garden Club

Club members touring the gardens of the British Embassy

This is the first of many articles here on the blog featuring garden clubs, plant societies and Master Gardener groups in the Metro area – all groups we’re inviting to our Garden Day to Benefit the Friends of Brookside Gardens (it’s June 4, and we’ll be reminding you).

So what better place to start than the Silver Spring Garden Club, a club that works so hard to support Brookside with volunteers, plants and funds.

History
Established in 1940, the club first built Victory gardens, then went on to help with county parks and the gardens at schools, hospitals and libraries throughout Silver Spring.  It’s been supporting Brookside Gardens since 1969 and currently co-sponsors its Holiday Open House, Green Matters Symposium, and Wings of Fancy exhibit.  Another recipient of the club’s generosity is the Montgomery County Master Gardener group.

And for sheer fun, members toured the gardens of Europe together from 1995 through 2003.  Wow!

Currently
With approximately 150 active members, this is one of the larger garden clubs in the region.  Their public events – in the grand and gorgeous meeting space at Brookside – are held the third Monday of each month (except July, August and December) and are free.  Which is amazing, considering that their dues are only $10 per year for singles or whole families.

The current president of the club is Kathy Jentz, known far and wide as the editor/publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. She’s also the program chair and just look at the outstanding speakers she’s lined up for the rest of 2011.  Kudos to Kathy and her band of devoted gardeners and garden volunteers!

Taffy Turner and Peter Frandsen at the 2010 Garden Mart at Brookside

 

 

 

Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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