Garden club ready to spring into outdoor work


March 30, 2001|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SPRING'S CHILLY, wet start hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of Mount Airy Garden Club.

Eager to finish a project that began in the fall, the club's 17 members are looking forward to warmer, drier spring days that signal the beginning of gardening season.

The club, which has been in existence since 1934, is responsible for many of the gardens that flourish around Mount Airy. A flower garden at the public library, mass plantings of daffodils and daylilies at the Interstate 70 triangle, landscaping at Pine Grove Chapel and seasonal displays at the senior center, library and tourist center are club projects.

Garden Club President Marilyn Potter says that the official goal of the nationally accredited club "is to stimulate among the members and the public a knowledge and understanding of gardening, to encourage horticulture and conservation practices, and the protection of nature's plants and birds."

Potter says that a love of gardening and a sense of community service are the reasons she has stayed involved in the garden club during the past 11 years. She adds, "I have no talent, just a lot of interest. I've learned so much."

The garden club recently was awarded a $500 grant from Shell Oil to be used for a civic project. The group began a landscaping project at Pine Grove Chapel in the fall by removing overgrown brush along the property line. This spring the club will use the grant money to purchase 60 bushes and to plant a meditation garden.

In addition to community projects, the club meets monthly. Meetings feature a guest lecturer who speaks on topics such as bats as organic insect control, amphibians, composting, flower arranging and horticulture.

The garden club sponsors two youth gardening groups. Club members teach a workshop for special-needs middle school pupils and meet monthly with the Mount Airy Junior Gardeners, a group of area elementary school pupils.

A flower show is planned for April 28 and 29. The show will feature nationally accredited judges and is open to the public. Two categories are open for amateur and garden club member entries: horticulture and design. Show hours will be noon to 6 p.m. both days. The flower show will be held at the Powers model home in the Summit Ridge subdivision, Mount Airy.

The club is accepting new members.

Information: Marilyn Potter, 301-829-9616.

Basket bingo

Mount Airy Boy Scout Troop 460 is holding basket bingo. Proceeds will be used to pay for troop activities, including summer camp.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bingo will begin at 7 p.m. April 6 at South Carroll High School, 1350 Old Liberty Road.

Bingo committee chairwoman Debbie Richards says 20 games of bingo will feature prizes such as a large basket filled with Easter goodies and two additional filled baskets. Raffle tickets may be purchased for three specially filled baskets.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Information: 301-829-1648 or 410-875-4224.

Spring dinner

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company will hold a turkey, oyster and ham dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fireman's Activity Building, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than age 12, and children younger than age 5 are free. Carryouts are $1 extra.

Information: 301-829-0100.

Tax deadline approaching

Income tax assistance is available to seniors until tax time at Mount Airy Senior Center.

Trained and qualified AARP and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) personnel will provide this service free to local seniors. Appointments are required.

AARP personnel will provide tax assistance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. This service is available for married couples with an income of $55,000 or less. VITA personnel will provide tax assistance for seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

Information: Mount Airy Senior Center, 301-829-2407.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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