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.  

February 19, 2019

Gardening Tools

Members will bring in their favorite tools to share. A vendor will be invited to highlight the market’s latest and greatest “high tech” tools.

Horticulture: Windowsill Art  Bring in a ‘Windowsill Art’ arrangement.

Hostesses: Chair – Brigitte Hartke

Gail Gile, Valerie Warriner, Lisa Adelman

Floral Arrangement: Betty Ann Galway

Board Meeting: February 12, 10 AM

Hostess: Carolyn Staska Co-Hostess: Joanne Menke

Garden Therapy: “Winter” Monday February 25, 9:15 AM

Nancy Walker, Karen Fleming, Carolyn Staska, Anne Nelson

Sunday Feb. 24: Mike McGrath WTOP Plant Man

Enjoy dinner and networking with WTOP’s Mike McGrath. Mike is host of “You Bet Your Garden”, a nationally syndicated Public Radio Show. On his show Mike takes calls from listeners and provides solutions and tips on gardening. He’s been called the Expert’s Expert.

March 19, 2019

Garden to Vase

Watch and learn, from your own “Five Hills Five”, how to create and appreciate easy in-home designs right from your garden.

Horticulture: Wearing of the Green Make a green corsage and wear it home. 

Hostesses: Chair – Ronnie Levay

Jane Schmiedekamp, Joanne Menke, Betty Ann Galway

Floral Arrangement: Lisa Adelman

Board Meeting: March 12, 10 AM

Hostess: Nancy Peters **Pot Luck Luncheon **


Mar. 5  Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

Mar. 2-10 Philadelphia Flower Show

Mar. 15 District III Meeting, 10 AM 

Meadowlark Gardens

Mar. 20 NCAGC Awards Meeting

Mar. 25,26 Landscape Design School #4, Merrifield Fair Oaks

April 23, 2019

In the Garden with Joe and his Azaleas

Joseph Klimavicz, a well-known azalea expert and boundless energy gardener, will explain the “Klimavicz Hybridizing Project”, his search for the perfect plant. After his presentation, Joe will open his garden to members, an opportunity not to be missed.  Click on “Legacy Project”

Horticulture: Earth Day! Bring in a deer resistant plant.

Hostesses: Chair – Anne Nelson 

Karen Thompson, Rosemarie Jaksetic, Karen Fleming, Ann Balch

Floral arrangement: Anne Nelson

Board Meeting: April 9, 10 AM

Hostess: Karen Fleming Co-Hostess: Brigitte Hartke

Garden Therapy: “Spring” Monday April 29, 9:15 AM  

Anne Nelson, Kathy Nebhut, Shelia Creswell


Apr. 2 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

Apr. 2-7 Field Trip to Charleston SC 

Home and Garden Tour

Apr. 3,4 Environmental Studies School #3, Columbia MD

Apr. 26 NCAGC Conference

May 21, 2019

Plant Exchange

A perennial club favorite! We get together every year at a member’s home to share the bounty of our own gardens. 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.

Anne Nelson has once again generously offered her home to host this general meeting and plant exchange.

Horticulture: Plants To Remember You By  Bring plants from you garden to exchange with club members. They will be happy reminders of our friendships.

Hostesses: Chair – Elizabeth Huebner

Karen Lucas, Jill Hecht, Trish Phillips, Lucia Bacon

Floral Arrangement: Brigitte Hartke

Board Meeting: May 14, 10 AM

Hostess: Valerie Warriner  Co-Hostess: Shelia Creswell


May 7 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

June 18, 2019

Keeping a Nature Journal

Clare Walker Leslie, a naturalist, artist, author, and educator, will help us discover a whole new way of seeing and documenting the world around us. Clare will share her expertise and numerous books on journaling – for adults and children alike – to enhance the study of nature including where we live and where we may travel.

Barbara Tozzi has generously offered her home to host our general meeting and the afternoon workshop.

Horticulture: June Wedding Make a wedding bouquet.

Hostesses: Chair - Barbara Petersen

Diane Barlow, Lura Marshall, Christie Phillips, Lisa Adelman

Floral Arrangement: Rosemarie Jaksetic

Workshop will be offered immediately following lunch. At the conclusion of this ninety-minute workshop, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own personal journal, having acquired tips and skill sets for capturing the world “as we see it” in words and sketches.

 Board Meeting: June 11, 10 AM

Hostess: Rosemarie Jaksetic Co-Hostess: Ann Balch

Calendar :

June 4 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

June 23 District III Meeting 10 AM, Meadowlark Gardens

September 17, 2019

Gardening Through the Seasons

Lesley Mack, the co-owner of an amazing three-acre private garden, “Birdsong Pleasure Garden”, will guide us through her garden, sharing practical advice on everything gardening. Check out Trip Advisor, Luray VA to read about the garden and see its 5.0 rating!

Hostesses: Chair – Barbara Tozzi

Maurine Thomas, Nancy Walker, Helen Mertz, Beverly Strean

Floral Arrangement: Nancy Walker

Board Meeting: September 10, 10 AM

Hostess: Kathy Nebhut Co-Hostess: Elizabeth Huebner


Tue. Sept. 3 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers; 9:30 AM


September 18, 2018

Gardening 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, “Gardening on the Verge,” that he is excited to present. It’s about gardens and changing life-styles.     

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

Design Theme:  Back to School.  Designers Choice


October 16, 2018

Winterizing your Garden  Sharon Stickell, a landscape specialist from Merrifield Garden Center, will share her gardening expertise, developing a winter checklist to ensure that our gardens produce colorful flowers in the spring.
Horticulture: Autumn Leaves Make an arrangement using autumn leaves.


November 20, 2018

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and other Backyard Wildlife  David Mizejewski, a naturalist and television host with the National Wildlife Federation, will talk about creating beautiful natural spaces to enjoy and share with birds, bees, and butterflies. He will detail the process to have our gardens recognized as official “Certified Habitats”.

Horticulture: Tick Tock Change Your Clock!  Make an arrangement using branches with berries. 

December 4, 2018

 Holiday Greens Workshop

This is a long-standing tradition of Five Hills Garden Club. Every year since 1955 we have made and donated wreaths and sprays to local churches and public buildings in the Town of Vienna. It will put you in the Holiday Spirit! Come ready to work and create with fresh greenery. You will need to bring gloves and clippers. All other supplies are furnished by the club.

Horticulture:  Remember to bring your donation of fresh greens (no berries or holly please!).

 January 15, 2019

Climate Change Affecting Nature and Our Gardens
Sara Via, a professor and climate change specialist for UMD, will tell us about the effects of climate change and how they significantly impact gardens and home landscapes. We’ll learn strategies for adapting to change and improving our chances for gardening success.
Horticulture: Let it Snow!  Make an arrangement using Snowdrops.

Contact Us

Five Hills Garden Club

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