The Kent Island Garden Club will participate in the Kent Island Heritage Day festivities by being in the parade, raffling off a wheelbarrow full of beautiful garden plants and garden accessories in addition to holding its annual sale of perennial and native plants. This year there will be a special section of plants that attract butterflies and other pollinators such as bees. Garden club members, many of whom are trained master gardeners, will be available to answer gardening questions.
The funds raised by the sale of plants from members’ gardens , garden shed items and raffle tickets will be used to support the many local garden beautification projects and educational outreach to local schools. The beautification projects include maintenance of the historically correct herb garden at the Cray House, landscape maintenance of the historic grave markers at the Stevensville Cemetery, maintenance of the butterfly garden and other landscaping at the Kirwan house, decorative floral plantings at Old Christ Church, maintenance of the Let Freedom Ring Garden at the firehouse, and maintenance of the plantings at the KI Library. Seasonal decorations at various local sites are also part of the community contribution.
As part of the educational outreach, the Garden Club provides funds to both Bayside Elementary and Matapeake Elementary which provide for students who would not otherwise afford to attend the week long environmental gardening camp. During the Spring, a Youth Gardening Club is sponsored in connection with the KI Library and Masters Gardeners.
The Kent Island Garden Club supports local organizations in various ways. Flower arrangements are provided for the annual cancer fundraiser gala, the Wreaths Across America luncheon, the KIFA juried art show and other groups as requested. Garden therapy projects are also conducted in cooperation with Chesterwye. In addition, the public is invited to participate and attend flower shows. Wreaths are provided and members assist in the distribution of wreaths at the Vetersans Cemetery in Hurlock MD.