Forest Music Returns June 6 to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum joins the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 6 when the NewBassoon Institute performs Forest Music.

Positioning themselves throughout the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of one another, these innovative musicians will engage in a musical conversation that winds throughout the trees. Following the forest performance, there will be a brief concert at the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Forest Music is free, though donations are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar will be available. Advance registration is appreciated at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The NewBassoon Institute is an annual workshop taught by “bassoon supergroup” Dark in the Song. The workshop focuses on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques and pedagogy, with the aim of teaching a new generation of open-minded players and bringing the bassoon and bassoon ensembles to the forefront of 21st-century music-making.

The National Music Festival brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships and affordable, adventurous public performances in and around Chestertown, Md., for two weeks each June. This year’s Festival is June 2–15. Visit nationalmusic.us for more information.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Memorial Day Event at Oxford Town Park May 27

Oxford Garden Club proudly announces a Memorial Day Celebration on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 outside at the Oxford Park beginning at 10:45am.  This program will include the presentation of colors by the US Coast Guard from the Oxford Coast Guard Station, patriotic music provided by the talented Mid-Shore Community Band and a special, “Laying of the wreath” ceremony by the President of Oxford Garden Club President, Dorothy Williams and Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland District I Director, Doris Key.

This special patriotic program will feature key speaker, Lt. Colonel Jeff Unsworth, a native to Cambridge, MD., who has served in the United States Army for 31 years and has also served in the Army National Guard for nearly 28 years as an enlisted soldier, a non-commissioned and commissioned officer.  He has served three overseas deployments with Operation Just Cause to Panama in 1989, Operation Desert Shield/Storm to Kuwait in 1990-1991 and Operation New Dawn to Iraq and Kuwait in 2011-2012.  Jeff serves on Board of Directors for the Monarch Alliance which promotes native plants and gardens to assist pollinators, particularly the Monarch Butterfly.  Jeff and his wife Laura also operate a small non-profit called, The BraveHeart Program which seeks to assist veterans, service-members and their families.

The ceremony venue will take place near the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker that was donated to Oxford by the Oxford Garden Club in 2007 in front of Town Park on North Morris Street in Oxford. Should rain be forecasted, the venue will be changed to the indoor venue at the Oxford Fire Company at 300 Oxford Road, in Oxford.  A sign at the Blue Star Marker will indicate the move the morning of the event. Chairs will not be required for an indoor venue.

If good weather prevails, this hour-long ceremony will provide a terrific picnic opportunity afterwards so we recommend that you bring your family, some chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy the patriotic festivities and the fine festive music provided by the Mid-Shore Community Band with the lovely views of the water from  under the large shade trees of the park.

The Mid-Shore Community Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization open to adults who play or have played band instruments, including high school students, if approved by their Music Director.  Founded in 2009. They often perform for many public events and sport around 65 members whose patriotic concerts and well known to many counties in the eastern shore.

Oxford Garden Club is a member of District I of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. and is committed to honoring those who have served our country.  The Blue and Gold Star Memorials Program of National Garden Clubs honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services.

The Blue Star Memorial program began in 1944 by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 Dogwood Trees along NJ highways to create a living memorial for Veterans of World War II.  National Garden Clubs adopted this program and began the Blue Star Highway Memorials system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.  Over the years this Blue Star Memorials Program was expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed services of the United States.  Blue Star Memorial By-Way markers were also instituted and continue to honor our service men and women.  These By-Way markers are placed in National cemeteries, parks, Veteran’s facilities and gardens. The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen displayed on windows, flags and banners of homes, businesses and churches who had sons or daughters away at war.  A gold star reflected the death of a service person in war.

Oxford Garden Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  For additional information www.oxfordmdgc.org

Explore Local Farms on Adkins Arboretum Tours

Learn about myriad types of farming and conservation-minded farm practices when Adkins Arboretum offers a series of local farm tours beginning this spring. Six farms across the Mid-Shore will welcome participants to learn about their products and land management efforts and to engage in a hands-on project to take home.

The series kicks off on Sun., May 19 with a tour of Cottingham Farm on the banks of Goldsborough Creek in Easton. Join owner Cleo Braver to learn about food farming and the infrastructure required for crops, chickens and pigs before exploring cover crops, greenhouses and processing and storage spaces. Participants will also cut garlic scapes and make garlic scape pesto.

On Sun., June 2, join Carrie Jennings for a guided tour of her field-grown specialty flowers at Honeybee Flower Farm in Cordova. Jennings grows flowers without insecticides; by growing varieties not readily available from overseas, her operation helps to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Participants should bring a vase or mason jar to create a cut flower arrangement to take home.

At Schoolhouse Farmhouse in Cordova, Lauren Giordano and George Burroughs follow a regenerative approach that includes minimal tilling, no synthetic pesticides or herbicides, and the use of cover crops. On Sun., June 23, learn how they use sustainable practices for vegetables, flowers and chickens. Participants will also take a walk through the meadow and create a hand-printed tea towel inspired by their surroundings.

On Sun., June 30, tour the organic cutting garden of floral designer and longtime Adkins docent Nancy Beatty. Owner of Sweetbay Designs, Beatty has grown her own flowers organically for more than 25 years. Participants will take home a tiny tussie-mussie made from greenery and mostly native plants.

Calico Fields Lavender Farm near Millington is on the tour schedule for Sun., July 7.

On their Calico Fields Lavender Farm near Millington, Christa and Jay Falstad grow their plants organically and tend and harvest them by hand to make high-quality bath and body products. Participants will cut their own lavender bunches and learn about the Falstads’ conservation efforts aimed at promoting native bee species and monarch butterflies.

A native nursery and garden center offering services and products that foster harmony with nature, Unity Church Hill Nursery & Farm has been growing produce, flowers, and vegetable and herb starts sustainably for the past three years. On Sun., Sept. 15, join Theresa Mycek for a tour of the food gardens to learn about the farm’s regenerative gardening methods. After the tour, participants will make a hardneck garlic “braid” to take home.

Each tour is $35 for Arboretum members and $40 for non-members. All tours run from 1 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information about programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Holy Trinity Plant Sale on Oxford Day, April 27

With a beautiful, sunny day and the amazing efforts of Holy Trinity church’s community and friends, the Episcopal Church Women Plant Sale on the lawn of Holy Trinity was a bright and colorful welcome to all who drove into Oxford. This event earned about $3,400 for missions — the service and social benefits for Holy Trinity and the Oxford community are enormous. A little church with a BIG heart —- the best ministry of all! Holy Trinity Episcopal Church welcomes all.

“Thru the Garden Gate” All Seasons Garden Club Show May 20

The All Seasons Garden Club (ASGC) will hold its biennial flower show on Monday, May 20, 2019, from noon until 3:00 PM, in Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 510 High Street, Chestertown.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

The theme for the 2019 show is Thru the Garden Gate.  Floral arrangements in four design classes will be presented. Each entry will satisfy rules of a specific design category and reflect one of the following themes: Garden Creation,  Herb Garden, Tree House, and Garden Picnic.

In addition to the four Design Classes, there will be entries in as many as eighteen Horticultural Classes, which include dish gardens; window boxes; terraria; as well as individuals specimens of bulbs, evergreens, Columbine, Hosta, Lily, Peony, Rose, Iris, Baptisia, and Sedum.

The All Seasons Garden Club was organized in 1985 and draws most of its members from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

Diana Bonner, Kent Island Garden Club and past President of Maryland Federated Garden Club; Susie Middleton, Dorchester Garden Club; and Charlotte Hardman, Kent Island Garden Club will serve as judges for both the Design Class and Horticultural Class competitions.

Flyers describing the Design Classes for the show as well as other aspects of the judging are available by emailing Frank Creegan at fcreegan2@washcoll.edu.

Convenient and free parking for entrance into Sacred Heart Parish Hall is available in the lot at the corner of Calvert and Kent Streets.

Chesapeake Bay Herb Society Program on Native Edibles/Herbs

Mikaela Boley

Mikaela Boley, the Agent Associate in Talbot County for Urban Horticulture and coordinator of the Master Gardener volunteer program, will speak on native edibles/herbs on May 9th at 6:00pm at the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society monthly meeting.  The meeting and program will be held at the Parish Hall, Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.

Mikaela has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and Applied Entomology, and has worked for University of Maryland Extension since 2012. She shares a keen passion for native plants of the coastal plain and wild edibles.

The Herb Society was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local Eastern Shore community.  It is a non-profit organization which welcomes guests to share in the joys of cultivating, harvesting and using herbs.  For more information call 410-310-8437.

Installation of Officers for the Oxford Garden Club

Anne Foss, Immediate Past Director of District I-Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. performed the installation ceremony of the Oxford Garden Club officers for the year 2019-2020 at their March meeting. Pictured above (L to R) are Secretary, Ginny Wagner, Treasurer, Susan Fitzgerald, Anne Foss, District I immediate Past Director, Vice President, Sandy Wrightson, and President, Dorothy Williams.

Awards were presented to the Oxford Garden Club by Chris Myles-Tochko which included a State Recognition Award for the NGC Small Standard Flower Show “Poems & Posies”, a 2nd Place State Yearbook Award for a Medium Sized Club (45-69 members) and the Central Atlantic Region (CAR) of State Garden Clubs, Inc., Violet S. Thoron Award for the Oxford Museum Garden renovation project.

Individual Awards were also presented which included the District Joanna Lloyd Tilghman Award of Special Service Recognition to Chris Myles-Tochko. To Marie Davis, a 3rd Place State Harry C. Reynolds Photography Award and 2nd place (tie) State Mary Fitzpatrick Photography Award. Ingrid Blanton was presented the 1st Place State Mary Fitzpatrick Photography Award for a Floral Design Excellence.

The club is busy preparing for two upcoming events. On May 27, the Garden Club will hold a special Memorial Day Service at 11:00 am in the Oxford Town Park. On June 1, starting at 9:00 am, the garden club will host the Tenth Oxford Secret Garden Tour and Garden Shed Sale in the Oxford Town Park.

Oxford Garden Club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For additional information go to www.oxfordmdgc.org or email us at oxfordmdgc@gmail.com

Adkins Arboretum Offers May 1 Day Trip to Mt. Cuba

Known for its gently rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays, Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Join Adkins Arboretum on Wed., May 1 on a day trip for an in-depth look at the gardens and natural lands and to learn about notable native plants.

The former home and family estate of Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife, Pamela Cunningham Copeland, Mt. Cuba features a stately Colonial Revival manor house built in 1935. Over time, the Copelands transformed the estate’s farmland into lush botanical gardens featuring some of the region’s most beautiful natives plants. In the 1960s, the couple became acutely aware of a changing ethic and thus became more concerned with ecology and the need for conservation. In response, noted landscape architect Seth Kelsey was hired to develop the woodland wildflower garden with native plants and to design the site’s ponds and many woodland garden paths. The site also includes formal gardens, trial gardens, a meadow and a dogwood path that radiates with spring blooms.

The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., are radiant with spring blooms. Photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center.

Trilliums, the star of the season, are expected to be in bloom. These rare and beautiful wildflowers grow in drifts at Mt. Cuba in early to midspring, producing a range of peculiar smells—from sweet to stinky—that attract many different pollinators. Trilliums have three petals, three sepals and three leaves and come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to lemony yellow to deep maroon. The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center include every trillium species native to the United States.

Tickets are $95 for Arboretum members and $120 for non-members. The fee includes transportation, driver gratuity, admission, a docent-led tour and a gourmet boxed lunch. The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m. with additional stops near Wye Mills and Chestertown. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to reserve a seat.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information about programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum Offers May 1 Day Trip to Mt. Cuba

Known for its gently rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays, Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Join Adkins Arboretum on Wed., May 1 on a day trip for an in-depth look at the gardens and natural lands and to learn about notable native plants.

The former home and family estate of Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife, Pamela Cunningham Copeland, Mt. Cuba features a stately Colonial Revival manor house built in 1935. Over time, the Copelands transformed the estate’s farmland into lush botanical gardens featuring some of the region’s most beautiful natives plants. In the 1960s, the couple became acutely aware of a changing ethic and thus became more concerned with ecology and the need for conservation. In response, noted landscape architect Seth Kelsey was hired to develop the woodland wildflower garden with native plants and to design the site’s ponds and many woodland garden paths. The site also includes formal gardens, trial gardens, a meadow and a dogwood path that radiates with spring blooms.

Trilliums, the star of the season, are expected to be in bloom. These rare and beautiful wildflowers grow in drifts at Mt. Cuba in early to midspring, producing a range of peculiar smells—from sweet to stinky—that attract many different pollinators. Trilliums have three petals, three sepals and three leaves and come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to lemony yellow to deep maroon. The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center include every trillium species native to the United States.

Tickets are $95 for Arboretum members and $120 for non-members. The fee includes transportation, driver gratuity, admission, a docent-led tour and a gourmet boxed lunch. The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m. with additional stops near Wye Mills and Chestertown. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to reserve a seat.

Farming Community Comes Together to Educate Our Youth

The Agriculture community in Queen Anne’s County in partnership with the Board of Education recently came together for the 3nd year to deliver unbiased, science and researched based education to all the 7th grade students in the county. The Agriculture Awareness Day was held April 9 & 10 at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park.

Agricultural leaders have talked about how to educate our youth on the many sectors of farming and the many careers. It’s a massive undertaking and most of us don’t have the staff or volunteers to offer such a training by ourselves. The two day event required 120 volunteers.

The educational program was possible because of the following committee coming together to plan and teach: Maryland Grain Producers, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, QAC Farm Bureau, QAC Board of Education, QAC Government, QACHS FFA, Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District, University of Maryland Extension, Wye Research and Education Center, USDA Farm Service Agency, Young Farmers and many other volunteers in our community.

The objective of the program is to increase awareness of agriculture in Maryland and the numerous career opportunities available. The day included five interactive stations with topics that included: grains, conservation practices, technology, farm animals, aquaculture, vegetables, nurseries, forestry, career choices and much more.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their monetary support. We plan to continue this educational program and hope to be a model for other counties and regions.

Sponsors/Donors/Educators included:
Arnold Farms
Axis Seed
Coldwell Banker Waterman Reality Company
Farm Credit
Fisherman’s Daughter Brand Oysters
Godfrey’s Farm
Hort, Inc.
J. Clarke Show Feeds
James & Linda Hall
Marydel Ag Supply
Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation
Maryland Farm Bureau
Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
Maryland State FFA Officers
Mountaire Farms
Nagel Crop Insurance
Nagel Farm Service
Phillips Wharf
QAC 4-H Dairy Goat Club
QAC Extension Advisory Council
QACHS FFA
QACTV
Quee Anne’s County 4-Her’s
Queen Anne’s County 4- H All Stars
Queen Anne’s County Commissioners
Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau
Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District
Queen Anne’s County 4-H
Queen Anne’s County FFA
Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners
Queenstown Bank
Shore United Bank
Southern States
Upper Shore Regional Council
University of Maryland Extension
USDA Farm Service Agency
Willard Agri-Service
Wye Research and Education Center

Animals displayed by:
Jessica Clarke
Alexander Evans
Alan Eck
Tom Jackson
Brigid, Helen & Brenan King
Leslie Moore
Temple & Madeline Rhodes
Annie Seward
Katie Starr
Quinn Williams

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