FEATURED NATIVE TREE: Platanus occidentalis, sycamore
The American sycamore is a wide-canopied, deciduous tree that grows 75 to 100 feet tall. It has a massive trunk and open crown of huge, crooked branches. The bark of large, old trunks sloughs off in scales or plates leaving a smooth, whitish inner bark. Large, medium- to dark-green, maple-shaped leaves turn brown in fall. Seeds are produced in ball-like fruits and often persist through December.
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Members of the Crofton Village Garden Club recently met to honor and thank Ruby Jaby, Manager of the Crofton library, upon her retirement. Ruby has been with the Anne Arundel County Library System for 48 years and opened the Crofton branch as Manager in 2002. She has been a huge supporter of the Garden Club in numerous projects, including the Flower Show, Books in Bloom project, Blue Star Memorial Garden, Native Garden, Pollinator Garden, two (2) Rain Gardens and removing/planting new trees along the parking lot median. Those in attendance were members that had direct contact with Ruby with these projects and include Past Presidents Sally Moore and Marcia Richard, Current President Cathy Gallagher, Camille DeVito, and Linda Childs.
Project Chair Gail Schulz held a clean-up day at the Pollinator Garden located at Crofton Library. Members weeded and edged the garden and worked on plant identification. Markers were added to the plants as an educational component to demonstrate to community members the importance of native plants to encourage the population of pollinators. The Pollinator Garden is a "stepping stone" on the Anne Arundel County Pollinator Pathway.
Thank you to Margo Antonelli, Linda Childs, Trish Demers, Camille DeVito, Denise Frey, Beverly Frye, Cathy Gallagher (CVGC President), Rosa Johnson, Glenna Kidd, Nancy Percivall, Gail Schulz, Lauren Toomey, and Claudia West for helping with the garden clean-up. Thank you also to Jim MacNicholl (Master Gardener) for his assistance with plant identification.
The Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour returns! The 2021 tour features private gardens in the Historic District. Murray Hill, the area between West Street and Spa Creek, holds a beautiful collection of homes built in various periods and architectural styles. The 130-year-old community with its tree-lined streets is the perfect setting for an afternoon of garden exploration.
All proceeds from this tour will benefit the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House, an Anglo-Palladian home on Maryland Avenue, and its museum collection of paintings, furniture, and colonial art.
The Secret Garden Tour takes place on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th, rain or shine. Volunteer by staying in one of the gardens and get a free ticket. Click the button below for additional information, to sign up to volunteer, or to purchase tickets.
The Pollinator Pathway is corridors of public and private properties that provide pesticide-free native plant habitat and nutrition for pollinators. Reconnecting the landscape by making properties stepping stones for the free flow of species across a healthy, native landscape.
Led by member Lauren Toomey with keynote speaker Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Members and guests will view a PowerPoint presentation on the Pollinator Pathway, followed by a discussion with Louise Washer, Pollinator Pathway Northeast founder, on how to implement a successful pathway by reducing turf, planting native plants, and avoiding pesticides.
Anne Arundel County is the first county in Maryland to establish a pollinator pathway. The goal of Pollinator Pathway Maryland is to connect the pathway with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Capital Trails Network within Prince George's and Montgomery County, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
For more information on the Anne Arundel County Pollinator Pathway, click the button below.