Garden Club

Next Meeting:  Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10 am in the Village Square Music Room. After a brief business meeting, Sam Droege. researcher at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will present “The Role of Wild Bees in our Gardens and the Greater Ecosystem.” In recent years, environmental factors have threatened bee populations, and in turn imperiled the plants they pollinate. Learn about some of the 450 or so native bees and their close relationship to our garden plants.

The Garden Club oversees the garden plots, sponsors informative lectures, and maintains the plantings in several pots on campus. Residents with special knowledge about particular plants or subjects make themselves available to assist other residents. Dues are $5 per year collected in January. The current officers are:

Nora Das, President

Mary Ellen Gordon, Vice President

Tom Adkins, Treasurer and Plot Manager

Robert Krebs, Secretary

Project Managers

Pots: Melissa Hyland

Butterfly Gardens: Judy Kneen

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday at 10 am in the Village Square Music Room from January through April and September and October. An open house at the garden plots is held in May. Most sessions begin with a short business meeting followed by a lecture. The meetings are open to everyone, member or not. Officers for the following year are nominated at the September meeting and voted on at the October meeting. We are always looking for new talent to serve on the board.


The Community Gardens are located across the parking lot behind Hampton Square and Berkshire Gardens in neighborhood 2 (Montgomery Station). The local shuttle will take people there. The 166 plots are each 10 feet by 10 feet. Residents can reserve plots and grow flowers or vegetables or otherwise express themselves in the dirt. To obtain a plot, members should contact the Plot Manager.

Pot Project. Club members also maintain the flowers in five pots at Arbor Ridge. Riderwood pays for the plants, but the resident gardeners choose and maintain them. Helpers are always needed.

Butterfly Gardens are designed and maintained by members to help sustain butterflies and pollinators. Helpers are always welcome.

The following people have volunteered to share their expertise.


Succulents:                              Local Gardening:

Mary Chor                               Nancy Traubitz


Merrick Shawe