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NewsBud - February 2021

In this month's NewsBud:
  • IMPORTANT: Membership Meeting - Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:30am
  • Welcome our newest member, Muffin Lynham, plus letters of nomination for another new member
  • February 9, 10am:  Virtual tour of Camellia Festival at Magnolia Gardens, SC.  A  joint program with Westmoreland Hills
  • February 18, 9:30am: GCCC monthly program, “Healing Effects of Nature” with Dr. Fred Foote 
  • GCA News: Founders Fund Nominees, National Affairs & Legislative Conference
  • Save the Date!  Chevy Chase Garden Tour: Sunday, May 2, 2021.
  • Are you on Facebook?  We've got a new toy.

Membership Meeting

Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:30am

Please join us this Tuesday morning for a Garden Club of Chevy Chase Membership Business Meeting.  Please put this on your calendar! Here is the link to join, however Molly will also email another invitation link Tuesday morning, just in case.  Either link will work.

Topic: GCCC Membership Business Meeting
Time: Feb 2, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 1990 0040
Passcode: 844570

New Members


A heartfelt welcome to our newest member, Muffin Lynham, who was voted into the GCCC during January's membership meeting.  If you'd like to reach out to Muffin, here is her contact info, which we will also be uploading onto the members section of the website:

Muffin Lynham
32 West Kirke Street
Chevy Chase, Maryland
cell:  202-489-7431  

We are also pleased to offer 2 nomination letters for Tia Lotuff, Tricia Saul's daughter who has moved back to the area.  Tia is a former member of the Worcester Garden Club in Massachusetts where she's lived for 20 years.  Please read the nomination letters from Melissa Pflieger and Claudia Lanpher by clicking on their names. We will vote on Tia during our Tuesday meeting this week.

February 9th Program: Virtual Tour
The Camellia Festival, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens 


Kirk Brown, noted garden character actor, will lead us through America’s last large-scale romantic style garden.

On February 9, 2021, members of the Garden Club of Chevy Chase will join with the Westmoreland Garden Club for a virtual tour of America’s last large-scale romantic style garden. The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC were founded in 1976 by the Drayton family. While most of America’s historic gardens are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia Gardens cooperate with nature.

We will see some of the oldest collection of camellias in bloom, including some of the over 1,000 cultivars of Japonica Camellias in the gardens.

Kirk Brown speaks nationally on wide-ranging horticultural topics portraying, in real life, characters of John Bartram, Frederick Law Olmsted, and himself. He lectures on design and has appeared at several state-wide, regional and national National Garden Club events.
Kirk R. Brown is the National Outreach Coordinator, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Conversationist on Gardening Art, History and Business
Leader of Programming as John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted

Topic: Tour of Camellia Festival, Magnolia Gardens, South Carolina by Kirk Brown
Time: Feb 9, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 6785 3196
Passcode: 099363

February 18th Virtual Program
"Healing Effects of Nature" 

Another virtual educational program sponsored by the Walter Reed Garden Revitalization Project committee: Healing Effects of Nature – more on the Green Road, Nature/Healing Research, and Practical Advice for our Courtyard Garden Project

Please join us to hear Dr. Frederick Foote, retired US Navy neurologist and trailblazer for the integrative health effort at Walter Reed.   Dr. Foote led the charge in the creation of the Green Road, a healing oasis for our wounded warriors.  In his presentation, he will give us a bit more on the story of the Green Road, tell us about research on the healing effects of nature, and give us practical advice on how to succeed in our efforts to revive the Eagle Courtyard adjacent to Walter Reed hospital buildings.

February 18th, 9:30 – 10:30 am  -  Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting


Garden Club of America News:
Founders Fund


The Garden Club of America's Founders Fund award is a prestigious grant made annually to a GCA garden club spearheading a special project that promotes community, gardening and nature. Proposals are whittled down to 3 finalists by the Founders Fund Board, and each garden club is asked to vote for their favorite.

Please read here about the nominees for the 2021 Founders Fund award.  This is a great learning experience for all of the GCCC members, as we may propose our Walter Reed Garden Revitalization Project as a nominee. We will vote on the nominees at our March meeting.

 In 2021 the winning finalist will receive $30,000 and the two runners-up each will receive $10,000.

Garden Club of America
National Affairs & Legislation Conference

The 2021 National Affairs & Legislation Conference will be held virtually February 23-25, 2021. All GCA club members are invited to join in to advocate for climate change solutions by learning about the potential of oceansnatural climate solutionstransportation, and innovation/energy efficiency to mitigate and abate the impacts of climate change. 

Click here to see the agenda and register to join the event.  Last day to register is February 19.


The Chevy Chase Garden Tour is ON!


Don't we all need something to look forward to?!

Please put it on your calendars - Sunday, May 2nd - for the Chevy Chase Garden Tour.  We have several homeowners who've agreed to showcase their gorgeous gardens already.  More details to come!

Upcoming Garden Events

It seems that the last event so many of us were together was at the Philadelphia Flower Show last March, the week before the world seemed to stop on it's axis.  Eleven months later, it's time to plan ahead to this year's events, with a new sense of wonderment and appreciation of nature.

Virginia Garden Week: April 17-24, 2021, for details, click here.

Philadelphia Flower Show: June 5-13, 2021, moves outside at FDR Park in Philadelphia for the first time ever.  For more details, click here.

New ways to keep us connected

Are you on Facebook? 

We've created a members-only Facebook Group "The Garden Club of Chevy Chase" - which is invitation only, and limited to our members only.  If you're on Facebook, this is just another way for us to share information and communicate.  If you're not on Facebook - don't worry.  


Here's how you can join the group.  

If you're on Facebook:  "friend" me, Michelle Komes Dolge.  Click here for a link to me!

I'll become your friend (we're friends already, right?!)... and then I'll invite you to the Facebook group.  You accept the invitation, and voila, you're in!

What's the group for?  We can ask each other questions, we can share tips, share pictures, recipes, anything!  It's just a fun way to communicate.  YOU can post to the group, and everyone in the group can answer.  For example, I just shared an interesting article about pruning that Julie Maner emailed me.  Instead, she could have posted the link to the FB group, and we would all see it (which I've done now).

Try it.  It could be fun.

Let's stay rooted together!
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