Garden Club 100th Anniversary Book Now Available


This year the Talbot County Garden Club celebrated its 100th anniversary and has published a book “Talbot County Garden Club, 1917 – 2017”.  The limited edition is now available for sale to the public.

In a decade-by-decade walk down memory lane, the book covers the early years when men and women interested in gardening and in preserving the beauty of Talbot County started the Club. It delves into the changes in Talbot County during the 1950s when the Bay Bridge opened and allowed many newcomers to enjoy the Eastern Shore.

With help from research resources at the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library and the Archives of the Talbot Historical Society, each chapter tells the story of a dedicated group of volunteer women who, to this day, design, plant and maintain picturesque public gardens in Easton.  Among those gardens are the Fountain Garden at Idlewild Park, the Memorial Children’s Garden at Idlewild Park, the Talbot County Courthouse and the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

One chapter tells the story of the Club’s involvement in the historic Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, from the first tour in 1934.  Another describes the challenges and changes carefully made to enhance the gardens at the Talbot Historical Society.

The hardcover book is now available for purchase at $40 (plus $3.50 postage and handling), tax included, from the Talbot County Garden Club, P.O. Box 1524, Easton, MD 21601 or you may prefer to pick up one at Tharp Antiques, the shop of the Talbot Historical Society on South Washington Street, Easton.  Both are 501c3 charitable organizations.

Filled with pictures, the book might be the perfect gift for friends who garden or those who have visited Easton and complimented the many public gardens.  Share flowering gardens, beautiful floral arrangements and Talbot County history with friends this season.  Give a Talbot County Garden Club 100th Anniversary coffee table book as a cherished memento.

For more information, please contact the project chair, Missy Warfield

Letters to Editor

  1. Ruey M Warfield says:

    Thanks so much for helping us to share this fun slice of Talbot County history. We think the book would make a great holiday gift idea. Missy

  2. Pamela Keeton says:

    Thank you very much for publishing this article. The new history book and its rich contents are a source of pride for the Talbot County Garden Club, and might be of interest to your readers. Our Club’s history is intertwined with that of Talbot County – through two world wars and a host of other historical events.

    The book was written by a team of members who love history, love writing and love our county. And while it is a “trip down memory lane” for many of our members, it’s also a source of history for newer members. We hope the public enjoys it!

    Again, thank you!

    Pam Keeton
    Talbot County Garden Club

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