Kent Island Garden Club To Present “Holiday in the Home”

The Kent Island Garden Club will present ” Holiday in the Home” which will feature demonstrations of creative floral designs by Murdoch Florists, a holiday boutique and a Shabby Chic table on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the American Legion on Route 8 in Stevensville from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The designers will demonstrate floral designs which include flowers, evergreens, LED lights and other design elements to create new ideas for using what is already available within the home. The designs will be raffled during the afternoon. In addition, there will be door prizes, a Shabby Chic table, Unique by Design ( affordable fashion jewelry), and a 50/50 raffle. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

This event is the single annual fundraiser for the Kent Island Garden Club. The proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be used to fund the many local projects in which the Garden Club participates throughout the year. Among these projects are the seasonal decorations at the historic Cray House in Stevensville, the design and maintainence of the colonial herb garden. Seasonal decorations are also done at the Love Point Train Station, the historic Stevensville post office and at the Kent Island Library.

Members also support the Heritage Society’s ongoing restoration of the Kirwan House gardens and the new butterfly garden. Other projects include the landscaping development and maintainence for the historic plot at the Stevensville Cemetery and the environmentally suitable landscaping for Broad Creek cemetery. The “Let Freedom RIng” garden at the Kent Island Volunteer Firehouse is maintained by the club. Memorial bricks for the walkway to honor those who have served our country are available through the garden club.

The garden participates with other civic groups to support and enrich the community. On the Kent Island Heritage Day, the club participates in the parade and staffs a booth to provide information and to sell perennial plants which flourish in this area.

The county owned historic Christ Church in Stevensville has its seasonal garden planted and tended to by the garden club to enhance the lovely old building.

The K.I. Garden Club also works with school children to develop and cultivate an interest in gardening. Matapeake School and the garden club have worked with an interested group of students to develop environmentally friendly gardens around the school.

The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore has invited the K.I. Garden Club to participate in the prestigious Art Blooms festival for more than ten years. Each club is assigned an exhibited artwork to design and present a floral interpretation of that artwork. As a spin-offof this beautiful event, the K.I. Federation of Art has invited the K.I. Garden Club members to select artwork presented for the juried art show in the spring and create floral interpretations.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, the K.I. Garden Club provides financial support to the following: Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, Daffodil Society, The Kent Island Heritage Society and several other organizations.