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NewsBud - October 2020

In this month's NewsBud:
  • October Workshop: a hands on demonstration with Yankee Clippers on how to prune back the overgrowth in your garden.
  • November Workshop: forcing bulbs for the winter.
  • December Civics: Decorating the Chevy Chase Village Hall outside only.
  • Minutes and Photos: from our Annual Meeting in September.
  • In the news: American Horticulture Society considers leaving River Farm.

This Month's Workshop:
Yankee Clippers


Did the August heat and September rains do a number on your jungle, or rather, garden?

October's workshop is a hands-on demonstration by Elizabeth Doyle of Yankee Clippers on how to properly prune the shrubs in your garden.

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 9:30 11:00 AM
Where: At the Garden of Eleanor Bierbower
Address:   8101 Merrick Road, Bethesda, Maryland  (Lane adjacent to Landon School baseball field.)
Details: Bring your pruning questions, your clippers and an optional branch or two from a shrub, tree or plant from your own garden.  Learn how to trim or prune plants in your garden to get optimum growth, health and desired plant shape. Wear sturdy garden shoes to walk around the garden, for first-hand demonstrations by Yankee Clippers.
Elizabeth, owner of Yankee Clippers, will walk us through Eleanor's lovely garden providing tips on how to prune and maintain a beautiful and natural looking garden.
If you do your own pruning or supervise backyard pruning this will be worthwhile garden information.
Carpool, and arrive early for parking is limited on Merrick Lane.  Don't forget BYOC:  Bring your own chair and mask. 
Click here to RSVP to let us know you're coming

GCA's October Virtual Zone VI Meeting:
Wilderness in the City - Rock Creek Park


Join the Garden Club of America for their Zone VI Virtual Meeting on October 20 and 21, 2020, exploring the wonderful park in our own backyard: Rock Creek Park.  There will be speakers on the history, culture and natural landscape of "RCP." 

The entire two day meeting will be virtual.

To see the full agenda, click here.

To register, click here.  Registration closes October 13th.


November's Workshop:
Forcing Bulbs

Put this on your calendar!

November's workshop, sponsored by the Horticulture and Flower Show Committee, will be on forcing Triandrus daffodil bulbs indoors (also known as Angel's Tears narcissus - shown above).  Melissa Pflieger will lead the workshop, which will be held November 10th.  Details about location and sign-up will come later this month. 

Looking ahead to the Holidays

Despite the pandemic and rules surrounding gathering, we will still be able to decorate the Chevy Chase Village Hall - albeit outside, not inside, like last year in the above picture.

Details to follow . . .

With regard to the National Center for Children and Families, they have asked that we contribute gift cards of $50 or more for each family and also put together stockings for all of the children.  There will be approximately 13 families and 25-50 children.  They do not need blankets and pillows this year!  More on this in the coming months.

September's Annual Meeting 

The BYOC (bring your own chair) meeting, held in Trisha Saul's lovely garden, proved we are all quite good at socially distancing, and yet still able to gather outside for club events.  

Click here to read the Minutes from the September Annual Meeting

Walter Reed Medical Hospital
Garden Project Update 

Since obtaining club approval for the Walter Reed courtyard garden renewal project at our September 15th meeting, Catheryn Clune (the project committee leader) has assembled a committee of enthusiastic members.  They include Elayne Bennett, Susan Benninghoff, Elizabeth McAdam and Ellin Nolan.  Polly Sturm and Judy Van Namen have also agreed to help as they can when they are in town.  The committee met in late September to determine our first steps which include establishing a fundraising goal and strategy, while also working to identify potential landscape architects to assist us.  In the coming weeks, we hope to provide a Zoom overview of the project to the club.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Oh, so pretty...
Here's what you missed at the Living Wreath Workshop

Chris Leahy's finished wreath from the September Living Wreath Workshop.
In the News...
in case you missed it


Last year, we visited River Farm in Alexandria, the home to the American Horticulture Society.  Recently the AHS announced that they are considering selling the prime historic 25 acres. 

Read the story here.


Help keep us connected

The NewsBud will be our lifeline this year.  Please send pictures of your personal gardens or arrangements, or conservation news and articles.

Just email them to Michelle Dolge at

Let's stay rooted together!
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