Meeting Programs of Five Hills Garden Club

Meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am; arrive by 9:30 am to enjoy some socializing before meeting start. We meet Vienna Presbyterian Church on the lower level.  

September 19, 2017

C&O Canal: "The Park that almost Wasn't"

Jim Heins will lecture and show slides with music on the history of the Canal.  He will cover how it came to be, what made it work, and how it is used today.  Jim is a board member of the C&O Canal Association, responsible for all volunteer maintenance projects of the Park.  We have arranged a guided field trip to the Canal on Monday, September 25. We will start at Riley’s Lock 24 in Maryland (approximately 40 min from Vienna.) It will  be a private Five Hills Tour and include a special opening of the  blockhouse & Seneca Stone Mill adjacent to the canal.  


Horticulture:  Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden or Ornamental Grass in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Mums, Asters. 

Design Theme: Back to School Design: Designer’s Choice or Small.  

Hostesses: Chair - Nancy Walker Linda Campbell, Christie Phillips, Willow Prall, Maurine Thomas   

Floral Arrangement: Betty Ann Galway   


Board Meeting: September 12, 10 AM Hostess: Jill Hecht Co-Hostess: Lisa Adelman   


Calendar: Sept. 15 District III Meeting, 10AM Meadowlark Gardens 

Sept. 20 Judges’ Council General Meeting 

Sept. 25 Monday Field Trip: C&O Canal Riley's Lock 24 Field Trip, Potomac, MD 11AM


October 17, 2017

  Back by Popular Demand - Members’ Fall Floral Design Workshop   We had so many requests to repeat last year’s “make- and-take” workshop, so that’s what we are doing. Members are asked to bring their own container and Five Hills will provide the flowers. Again, we will have our Judges on hand to help, if asked. It is really fun to see all the different arrangements we “make” with the same flowers. We’ll have a good time designing and you get to “take” your creation home.     

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Holly, Fall Blooming Crocus, Mums. 

Design Theme: Autumn Fantasy. Design: Designer’s Choice or Stretch   

Hostesses: Chair - Barbara Tozzi Ellaveen Barmby, Joanne Menke, Anita Parke, Nancy Rohde   

Floral Arrangement: Anne Nelson   


Board Meeting: October 10, 10 AM Hostess: Deneen Wilson Co-Hostess: Pot Luck Lunch  


Garden Therapy: “Autumn” Monday, October 2, 9:15 AM  


Calendar: Oct. 3 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30AM 

Oct. 15-20 NGC - Hudson River Valley Trip 

Oct. 23-24 Landscape Design School, Merrifield Fair Oaks-8:00AM 

Oct. 27 Friday Field Trip: Adkins Arboretum, Eastern Shore, MD  

November 21, 2017

Alonzo Abugattas,  a well known local naturalist, environmental educator and story teller. He is the natural resources manager for Arlington County Parks and Recreation. This is a return engagement where he will be presenting one of his favorite programs.   

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Osmanthus, Evergreens, Nandina. 

Design Theme: Pumpkins. Design: Designer’s Choice or Parallel.   

Hostesses: Chair - Shelia Creswell Brigitte Hartke, Nancy Peters, Karen Ralston, Carolyn Staska   

Floral Arrangement: Mary Ellen Alden   


Board Meeting: Nov. 14, 10 AM Hostess: Maurine Thomas Co-Hostesses: Rosemarie Jaksetic, Nancy Walker   


Calendar: Nov. 7 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30AM 

Nov. 8 Landscape Design Council General Meeting 10:00AM 

Nov. 9-10 Environmental Studies School, Derwood, MD 8:00AM 

Nov. 15 Judge’s Council General Meeting  

December 5, 2017

Holiday Greens Workshop Chairs - Maurine Thomas, Nancy Walker   This is a long standing tradition of Five Hills. Every year since 1955, we have made wreaths and sprays for churches and public buildings in the Town of Vienna. It will put you in the Christmas Spirit! Come ready to work and create with fresh greenery. You will need gloves, clippers, and don’t forget to bring your donations of fresh greens! All other supplies (wreath forms, pins, bows) are furnished by the Club.       

Hostesses: Chair -Jill O’Donnell Ann Balch, Ann Carter, Karen Fleming, Karen O’Meara   

Floral Arrangement: Barbara Tozzi  


NO BOARD MEETING IN DECEMBER     


Garden Therapy: “Holiday” Monday, December 4, 9:15 AM   


Calendar: Dec. 5 Wreath Workshop - VPC-10:00AM- All Five Hills Members 

Dec. 12/13/14 Field Trip White House Holiday Tour, Wash., DC  

January 16, 2018

National Arboretum’s Friendship Garden Renewal   A new garden concept is on display at the renewed Friendship Garden at the National Arboretum. Scott Aker, head of horticulture and education at the Arboretum, will discuss and give a power point presentation of the new installation of the Friendship Garden. The previous garden was avant-garde in the 1990s, but was overgrown and in need of a solution. This new garden is also cutting edge…come see what it’s all about!   

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions: Hollies, Hellebores, Witch Hazels. 

Design Theme: Winter’s Gifts Design: Designer’s Choice or Reflective.     

Hostesses: Chair -Muriel Turner Debbie Doody, Anne Nelson, Karen Thompson, Valerie Warriner   

Floral Arrangement: Karen Thompson   


Board Meeting: January 9, 10 AM Hostess: Linda Campbell Co-Hostess: Shelia Creswell   


Calendar: Jan. 24 Environmental and Gardening Council Meeting    

February 20, 2018

Handbook for Flower Show Changes The National Garden Club new Flower Show Handbook went into effect this Summer. We will go over the changes we need to know for our upcoming Flower Show May 1st. We also plan to present a working copy of the Flower Show. It is to be at the home of Willow Prall, our lovely hostess.       

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Early Bulbs, Hellebores, Camellias.

Design Theme: Mardi Gras. Design: Designer’s Choice or Creative Line Mass.   

Hostesses: Chair -Elizabeth Huebner Colette Fauteux, Jill Hecht, Karen Lucas, Millie Norloff, Trish Phillips   

Floral Arrangement: Betty Ann Galway   


Board Meeting: February 13, 10 AM Hostess: Nancy Walker Co-Hostess: Rosemarie Jaksetic   


Garden Therapy: “Winter” Monday, February 26, 9:15 AM   


Calendar: Feb. 14 Landscape Design General Meeting 10:00AM 

March 20, 2018

Designing on the Verge   Kirk Brown, is a high energy and entertaining garden speaker. He is best known for his impersonation of John Bartram. But he has a new topic, “Designing on the Verge,” that he is excited to present. It’s about gardens and changing life-styles.  

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Narcissus, Tulips, Winter Hazel. 

Design Theme: Windy Days Design: Designer’s Choice or Sculptural.   

Hostesses: Chair - Kathy Nebhut Gail Gile, Janet Kremer, Barbara Petersen, Beverly Strean   

Floral Arrangement: Carol Bolan   


Board Meeting: March 13, 10 AM Hostess: Julia Smith Co-Hostess: Pot Luck Lunch   


Calendar: Mar. 6 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM 

Mar.  3-11 Philadelphia Flower Show 

Mar. 16 District III Awards Meeting Meadowlark 

Mar. 21 Judges Council Meeting and Flower Show 

Mar. 21 Wednesday Field Trip: Lincoln Cottage, Wash., DC 

Mar. 26-27 Landscape Design School    

April 17, 2018

Ready… Set… SHOW This meeting is dedicated to going over the Flower Show schedule for our May Day Flower Show. This will be a home show, generously hosted by Willow Prall. The Title is “The Merry Month of May.” Our judges will cover the horticulture, as well as specific designs in the schedule. We hope to allay your concerns and answer all your questions!   

Horticulture Projects: Bring in a horticultural specimen from your garden in a proportional green bottle. Label it correctly. Suggestions include Flowering Branches. 

Design Theme: No design assignment. Plan and work on a Design to enter in the Flower Show in May.   

Hostesses: Chair - Rosemarie Jaksetic Dianne Barlow, Carol Bolan, Cary Fichtner-Vu, Linda Gamboa   

Floral arrangement: Kathy Nebhut   


Board Meeting: April 10, 10 AM Hostess: Andy Bothwell Co-Hostess: Karen Lucas   


Garden Therapy: “Spring” Monday, April 23, 9:15 AM   


Calendar: April 3 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM 

April 2-7 NGC Trip to Gardens in Georgia 

April 11 Landscape Design General Meeting 10:00AM 

April 13 NCAGC Award Meeting and Conference 

April 23/24 Monday/Tuesday Field Trip: Anne Marie Gardens, Solomons, MD 

April 25 Environmental and Gardening Consultant Meeting    

May 15, 2018

Annual Plant Exchange   A perennial Club favorite! We get together every year at a member’s home to share the bounty of our own gardens. Anne Nelson has, once again, kindly and generously offered to host this event. We love exchanging and bringing home new plants from our seasoned and green garden club friends. Please bring your labeled plants to include: Your Name (so we know who it came from), Plant’s Name, Plant’s Colors, Plant’s requirements of Sun, Part-Sun, Part Shade, Shade, Plant’s details if Deer Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Perennial, Spring to Frost, etc.     

Hostesses: Chair - Deneen Wilson Lisa Adelman, Andy Bothwell, Ronnie Levay, Julia Smith     

Floral Arrangement: Deneen Wilson   


Board Meeting: May 8, 10 AM Hostess: Gail Gile Co-Hostesses: Karen Fleming, Elizabeth Huebner   


Calendar: May 1 Five Hills Flower Show at Willow Prall’s home 

May 5 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM 

May 21-24 NGC Convention - Philadelphia  

June 19, 2018, 11:00 AM

All Members are cordially invited and requested to attend 

The Installation Luncheon for New Officers

Country Club of Fairfax 

5110 Ox Road (Route 123 South) Fairfax, VA 22030   


Horticulture Project: Volunteer to bring a table design for our Installation Luncheon. You can do it!   

Multiple Floral Arrangements: By Five Hills Members   


Joint Board Meeting: Immediately following the Installation Luncheon   


Calendar: June 5 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM 

June 7 Thursday Field Trip: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Henrico, VA 

June 12-13 Landscape Design Gardening School Trip 

June 14 Landscape Design Picnic 

June 15 District III Presidents’ Coffee 

June 20 Judges Council Picnic June 21-24 NCAGC Trip 

June 27 Environmental and Gardening Council Picnic  

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Five Hills Garden Club

Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St NE, Vienna, Virginia 22180, United States