About Us

Bethesda Community Garden Club Cares and Conserves
BCGC cares for the well being of the community and of its members. Club members care for and maintain the plantings at the Connie Morella (Bethesda) and Davis Public Libraries and prune the shrubs around both libraries.  Typically, the club organizes work days at each library during the growing season.  Volunteers weed, water, prune, edge and plant.    At our Holiday Greens Workshop in mid-December, members make some 185 small festive arrangements for delivery to area shelters and social service organizations.

We follow green practices at meetings and events — everything from recycling lunch debris to relying on electronic correspondence instead of paper.  The club endeavors to set a good example, encouraging members to be be good stewards of the earth.  Club volunteers maintain the rain garden at Greenwich Park in Bethesda. We also offer ride sharing to our meetings  and keep track of members who may need assistance.

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Regular monthly meetings of the Club are held at 10:30 a. m. at the St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road at 270. They are usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except for November and December when it may vary to accommodate the holidays.

Officers for 2020 – 2021

Co-Presidents: Judith Graef, Suzanne Grefsheim
Vice President: Karen Fricke
Co-Secretaries:  Barbara Collier, Caroline Turner
Treasurer: Margy Tritschler

Chairs of Standing Committees

Connie Morella  Library:  Jeanne Weiss   Candy Kessel
Courtesy: Caroline Turner
Davis Library: Margaret Edison  Sharon Wright
Flower Arrangements: Phyllis Daen   Kasia Massie
Holidays Greens Workshop:  Patricia Pennington
Environmental Concerns: Barbara Collier Kathy Benjamin
NCAGC Liaison: Holly Joseph
Finance Committee: Carol Meyers, chair, Lou Olin co-chair, Carolyn Kulik
Garden Therapy: vacant
Historian: Deborah Shakelton
Horticultural Notes: Carole Ottesen
Luncheon Coordinators:  Yvonne Orkin
Membership: Dee Lertora, Marge Pray
Mentor Judith Graef
Newsletter Editor: Lois Brown
Plant Sale: Elaine Hope, Nina Stark-Slapnik, Judy Termini,
Photographer: Vickie Baily
Programs: Jane Malish, chair, Judith Graef, co-chair
Publicity: Marty Fears
Website: Gail Henry, chair, Jane Boynton, co-chair
Yearbook: Barbara Shaw
Parliamentarian (non-voting) Mary Ellen Bittner

Lunch is provided at the end of the program, except for those meetings noted “bring a sandwich to share,” where beverages and dessert are provided. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Please bring your own mugs to meetings to support our continuing efforts to “be greener”.

Board Meetings
Board Meetings are held monthly, generally on the 1st Wednesday of the month to prepare for the general meeting.

Snow Policy
If the Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, the Garden Club meeting is cancelled. If school opening is delayed, the meeting will be held as scheduled.

Strosnider’s Discount
Strosnider’s Hardware in Bethesda offers a 10% discount on garden related purchases to BCGC members upon presentation of a current membership card. Ask the club treasurer for one if you need it.

BCGS’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

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