Congratulations to Crofton Village Garden Club member Nancy Percivall and her husband George, named by the Crofton Civic Association as Citizens of the Year for 2020.
Nancy has been CVGC's Horticulture Chair for the past several years and has shared many informative presentations at our monthly meetings. She is also our Linthicum Walks Project Chair and has dedicated numerous hours to maintaining the grounds of the historic property. Because of her efforts, Linthicum Walks is Bay-Wise Certified and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. George was instrumental in getting Linthicum Walks accredited as an ArbNet Level 1 Arboretum. Both serve on the board for the Friends of Historic Linthicum Walks.
In addition, Nancy is the Gardening Editor for Living in the Triangle magazine and volunteers with the St. Paul's Quilters. George was very active with the Boy Scouts throughout the years with their sons, Bryan and Joe – both became Eagle Scouts.
Living in the Triangle magazine held a Vegetable Garden Contest on Saturday, August 1. Crofton Village Garden Club members JoAnn Cook, Beverly Frye, Sally Moore and Nancy Percivall (Gardening Editor for Living in the Triangle) toured six gardens to carefully select the winner. Participating in the contest were Nora Bellows of Layton Street, Madeline and Kathryn Reilly of Straton Road, Lois Nichols (CVGC member) of Pleasant Meadow Road, Ginny Shearin of Farnborn Avenue, Mira and Ben Pry of Harcourt Avenue, and Katherine Mazza-Bell also of Harcourt Avenue. The gardens were evaluated on diversity of plants, sustainable practices, effective design, as well as aesthetic appeal. It was a very difficult decision, but in the end, Nora Bellows with her eight planters of Heirloom tomatoes grown by seed took top prize. Honorable Mentions included our own Lois Nichols and her lovely raised beds, Ginny Shearin with her freshly picked vegetables and Mira and Ben Pry with their variety of plants.
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Members Gail Brooks and Jane McClanahan were awarded the Crofton Village Garden Club Bernie Robertson Award at the Greater Crofton Community Awards Banquet at Crofton Country Club on Thursday, October 24.
Gail Brooks joined Crofton Village Garden Club in 1978. She was recognized for her outstanding service to the club as a past President (1988-89), Horticulture Chairperson, and Floral Design Expert.
Jane McClanahan joined Crofton Village Garden Club in 2007. She was recognized for her outstanding service to the club as a past Vice-President and current Chairperson for our Crofton Cherry Trees project – planting cherry trees along Crofton Parkway to add to the first plantings, a project spearheaded by the garden club, in 1965.
Crofton Village Garden Club members Marcia Richard, Claudia West and Nancy Percivall participated in the Crofton Civic Association (CCA) clean-up at Swann Park.
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Photo Credit: Bonnie Pavlak
Crofton Village Garden Club hosted Celebrate Trees, a community tree planting event sponsored by Crofton Community Library. Thanks to a generous grant from Unity Gardens, twelve native willow oak trees were planted in the parking area under the direction of Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners. The oak trees replace ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer. The event highlighted the value of trees to the community and included a tree planting demonstration. Anne Arundel Weed Resistance displayed invasive plants and demonstrated the removal of destructive vines, such as English Ivy, from trees. Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards were available to answer questions and provide information about Bay-friendly practices, controlling stormwater runoff, and the value of native plants.
Thank you to Denise Frey, Committee Chair for Projects, for coordinating this event and to all of the volunteers who braved the wind and cold.
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