As we are not yet out of the woods from the past year and a half from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bolton Hill Garden Club looks for creative ways to foster close ties for the membership to remain connected and inspired. Given that, all of our regular membership meetings for the 2022 calendar year are planned to be held in person as much as possible, and accessible via Zoom. Most of our general meetings will be held the third Tuesday of the month in the community room of the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, 21217.
Our theme for the year is the Baltimore City Tree Canopy. Many of our programs will be ‘tree centric’ in focus as we endeavor with other clubs, groups and organizations to educate, preserve and further Baltimore City’s tree canopy. The city currently has 27 percent tree canopy coverage with the City’s goal to establish 40 percent tree cover by 2037.
We look forward to many programs and activities in the next year to educate and motivate us. Please mark your calendars and check the website for calendar updates and news. We are a user-friendly club, so your ideas and participation are always welcome.
Hello! My name is Lisa Johnson and I am the new Bolton Hill Garden Club (BHGC) president and a newer resident of Bolton Hill. A year ago, July, my family moved to the neighborhood which was a challenging time and doubly isolating since we did not know anyone. One of the first things I did was join BHGC which proved to be a great lifeline as well as inspiring indoor gardening to create sanctuary and reduce stress during the pandemic’s worrying winter months.
I have long been associated with federated garden clubs. BHGC is my fourth club. I have founded two and have been an active promoter of them all. I have a deep admiration of the beautification and greening work of garden clubs, the nationwide network of federated garden clubs, and clubs’ ability to transform spaces into small and larger Edens. Members are key to this work and for being the holders and sharers of valuable horticultural and environmental knowledge. Through horticultural and environmental programs and events, members’ knowledge is enhanced. They in turn become ambassadors for disseminating this knowledge to their families, neighborhoods, and wider communities.
As global warming temperatures continue to rise and pose an increasing challenge to our planet, the focus of our club’s educational programs for the 2021-2022 year will be on the Baltimore City tree canopy and tree care. As you may know, the tree canopy holds the key to creating cooler temperatures throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County and the time to act proactively in further putting up our defensive ‘green umbrellas’ is now. This October, the twelve federated garden clubs of District IV (of which BHGC is a member) will be considering how it may collectively work together on behalf of the tree canopy, and perhaps with other agencies and organizations committed to the trees of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. During the winter months, BHGC is also planning to have supplemental workshops on sustainable gardening, environmental greening, and landscape management ‘best practices’.
The BHGC Executive Committee has been active in organizing and clarifying our calendar for the coming year. The calendar will be posted on the Bolton Hill Garden Club website so if there are program changes or additional information added please check the website which we will endeavor to keep on point and up to date. Programs and Events are in need of volunteers and chairpersons. If you are interested in volunteering and/or need more information about any of them, please send me an email, text, or feel free to call. If you have ideas or suggestions for a workshop program or speaker please feel free to contact me or any of the Executive Committee members. Your input is welcome.
Our Executive Committee officers for the next calendar year include: 1st Vice-President: (vacant), 2nd Vice-President: Maria Wawer, Recording Secretary: Lynn Pellaton, Corresponding Secretary: (vacant), Treasurer: Stephen Oliner, Past President: Gwyn Armstrong. Past Treasurer Barbara Blumberg and our Webmaster Chris Mirkovich currently serve the executive committee in an advisory capacity.
The Executive Committee meets each month at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, the week before our regular membership meetings. Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Educational programs will typically follow the business portion of our meetings. We are planning for our regular September-June meetings to be accessible via Zoom. I will send out the link via email.
Please plan to attend our next club membership meeting next Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brown Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Avenue, 21217. Our business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by 8:00 p.m. with an educational program on the Baltimore City’s Tree Canopy. The program will be lead by Elliott Weidow, Director of Neighborhood Forestry at the Baltimore Tree Trust. The program will conclude with a brief Q&A period followed by light refreshments.
“Elliot has been planting trees for nearly a decade everywhere from school campuses, stream restoration sites, reclaimed agriculture fields, and cemeteries, to the sidewalks of Baltimore City. Possessing an M.S. in Botany from University of New Orleans, as well as bona fides as a Master Gardener and ISA-Certified Arborist, Elliot is no stranger to the joys and challenges of managing tree planting projects at every scale. At the Tree Trust, Elliot oversees the successful development and implementation of our field operations, while coordinating the logistics of our Neighborhood Foresters program. Elliot is a former co-chair of the Baltimore City Forest Conservancy District Board.”
We look forward to co-creating with you an exciting and interesting year of club programs and activities!