GARDENING GODDESS: One hundred years of soil-itude

IMAGE: Garden club members receiving proclamations from delegates Will Smith and David Moon, and Takoma Park mayor Kate Stewart. From left to right: Will Smith, Eileen Schramm, David Moon, Jeffrey Trunzo, Kate Stewart, Bridget Brodie, Kit Gage, Kathy Jentz, Diane Svenonius, Carole Galati. Photo: Kathy Jentz


Several members of the Takoma Horticultural Club gathered at the Takoma Park city council meeting on Wednesday, May 18, to accept proclamations observing the club’s Centennial.

The Takoma Horticultural Club was founded in 1916. There are very few organizations that make it to the century mark and fewer still that are garden clubs and are all-volunteer run. The club has had a lengthy and very active history in the city. In this 100th anniversary year of the club, it will celebrate its many contributions to the community with a variety of commemorative activities, including a party on Saturday, August 27.

Early in May, the Club received notification of a generous grant of $1,000 from the Takoma Foundation toward the design and installation of a new “Centennial Garden” at the corner of Philadelphia Avenue and Piney-Branch Road. The initial planting of native shrubs and ground-covers is set for this November. The garden will also feature a bench, pathway, and signage.

The May 18 proclamations, praise and congratulations came from the city of Takoma Park, presented by Mayor Kate Stewart; from the State of Maryland, sponsored by the District 20 Legislative Team of Senator Jamie Raskin, Delegate Sheila Hixon, and Delegate Will Smith, presented by Delegate David Moon and Delegate Will Smith; from the Maryland State Assembly, presented by Delegate Will Smith; and from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, presented by Delegate David Moon.

Longtime club member Jeffrey Trunzo was instrumental in securing the proclamations and planning the presentation.

The 100th Anniversary Committee has been working diligently to plan many activities to mark this important occasion. To do all of this, they need to raise additional funds. Donations can be made by check brought to a club event or mailed to the club treasurer, Taffy Turner, 10207 Lorain Ave, Silver Spring 20901. Checks should be made out to “THC.”





About the Author

Kathy Jentz
Kathy Jentz is editor of Washington Gardener magazine and is a long-time DC area gardening enthusiast. Washington Gardener is all about gardening where you live. She can be reached at @WDCgardener on Twitter and welcomes your local DMV gardening questions.