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.  

October 15

Meeting will be held in the Great Hall

Vertical Gardening Made Easy

Kathy Jentz, a frequent contributor to “The Washington Gardner”, a highly regarded publication and web site, will share her secrets of vertical gardening. Kathy will detail the benefits of vertical

gardening and inspire us to create our own vertical gardens.

Horticulture: Bring a cutting of a ground cover that works well for you. Indicate the name if you know it, and whether it grows in sun or shade. Design: Make a vertical design. One suggestion is to use a variety of materials imitating a garden in vertical style. Be creative and have fun!

Hostesses: Chair – Barbara Tozzi

Anita Parke, Carolyn Staska, Joanne Menke, Karen Fleming,

Karen O’Meara, Karen Lucas

Floral Arrangement: Lisa Adelman

Board Meeting: October 8, 10 AM

Hosted by: Julia Smith **Pot Luck Lunch**

Garden Therapy: “Autumn/Halloween”

Monday October 21, 9:15 AM

Karen Fleming, Karen Lucas, Lura Marshall, Val Plisko,

Anne Nelson, Shelia Creswell


Oct. 1 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers, 9:30AM

Oct. 2-3 Luray and Birdsong Garden Field Trip

Oct. 16 Bulb Planting with the Vienna Pres. Preschool

Oct. 24-25 NCGAC Central Atlantic Region Conference

Oct. 26-27 NCA Design Symposium

November 19

Just in Time For Thanksgiving

Our very own Betty Ann Galway will lead us in a “Members’ Floral Design Workshop”. Betty Ann will share her expertise in floral arranging, and how to prepare and preserve pumpkins in home arrangements. You will need a small hollowed out pumpkin (opening less than 6 inches) and a ½ block of oasis – flowers will be provided. Feel free to bring greens and dried materials. 

Horticulture: Bring a branch of an evergreen perennial, shrub, or tree that provides winter interest in your garden. (Maximum length of branch – 24 inches.) 

Design: Create a design at the meeting under the guidance of 

Betty Ann Galway.

Hostesses: Chair – Lucia Bacon

Julia Smith, Ann Balch, Brigitte Hartke, Shelia Creswell, 

Candace Dibblee, Christie Phillips

Floral Arrangement: Noreen Linnemann

Board Meeting: November 12, 10 AM

Hostess: Valerie Warriner Co-Hostess: Anita Parke


Nov. 5 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30AM

Nov. 8 The Strathmore Mansion Holiday Market

Nov. 14-15 Gardening Studies School Course III

Nov. 30 Decorate Vienna Presbyterian for Christmas

December 3

Holiday Greens Workshop

Join your garden friends at the Five Hills annual tradition of wreath making – bringing the Christmas spirit to the Town of Vienna. Come ready to work and create with fresh greenery. You will need to bring gloves, clippers and fresh garden greens. All other supplies are furnished by the club.

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

Hostesses: Chair - Jill O’Donnell

Nancy Peters,, Linda Campbell, Jill Hecht, Beverly Strean,

Darla Anderson, Ann Carter

Floral Arrangement: M’Ellen Alden

January 21

Unique and Spontaneous

Floral Designs Jeanne Ha, co-founder of DC Metro Flower Design School and co-owner of Park Florist, one of the oldest florists in the DC area, will demonstrate her amazing skills and creativity. Jeanne will daze and amaze us with her love and knack for flower arranging. A silent auction of her designs will follow. 

Horticulture: Bring in a house plant you’ve had for a long time or that has a story for you. Maximum dimensions 12 inches wide and 24 inches tall. 

Design: Either from house plants, tropicals or from outdoors, make a design using only greens.

Hostesses: Chair - Deneen Wilson

Noreen Linnemann, Andy Bothwell, Joy Salpini,

Karen Ralston

Floral Arrangement: Deneen Wilson

Board Meeting: January 14, 10 AM

Hostess: Rosemarie Jaksetic Co-Hostess: Brigitte Hartke

February 18

The Soulful Gardner

Heather Zindash will show us how gardening brings people, plants and horticulture together to enhance our overall health and well-being. Learn to view our gardens as therapeutic, restorative and meditative – places to relax and connect to ourselves and the rest of the world.

Horticulture: Bring a cutting of a plant or shrub that brings you joy at this dreary time of year.

Design: Create a design using herbs, vegetables or fruits. Flowers can be added if you desire.

Hostesses: Chair – Lura Marshall

Valerie Warriner, Muriel Turner, Lisa Adelman, Carey Williams,

Cary Fitchner-Vu

Floral Arrangement: Valerie Warriner

Board Meeting: February 11, 10 AM

Hostess: Carolyn Staska Co-Hostess: Shelia Creswell

Garden Therapy: “Winter”

Monday February 24, 9:15 AM

Nancy Walker, Muriel Turner, Valerie Warriner, Darla Anderson, Lura Marshall, Anne Nelson

March 17

Be Prepared

Learn the ins and outs of participating in Five Hills April Flower Show. Lisa Adelman, with her touch of green, will be our hostess for this special meeting.

Horticulture: Bring a plant that you have carried over the winter from cuttings made last fall (as suggested in the Horticulture column of the September newsletter).

Design: Bring in a design of your choice for critique and suggestions in preparation for the flower show. Try to use 3 to 5 different materials in your design.

Hostesses: Chair – Kathy Nebhut

Gail Gile, Janet Kremer, Debbie Doody, Willow Prall,

M’Ellen Alden

Floral Arrangement: Rosemarie Jaksetic

Board Meeting: March 10, 10 AM

Hostess: Noreen Linnemann **Pot Luck Luncheon **


Mar 1-3 Philadelphia Flower Show Field Trip

Mar. 3 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

Mar. 7-8 NCAGC State Flower Show

Mar. 20 District III Meeting, 10 AM

Meadowlark Gardens

Mar. 23-25 Flower Show School Course III

April 21

It’s Showtime!

Spring is in the air! It’s our chance to show off our skills and talents in flower design and horticulture. All members participate in this bi-annual Five Hills event by sharing their horticulture and/or design entries.

Hostesses: Chair – Rosemarie Jaksetic

Elizabeth Huebner, Diane Barlow, Carey Williams, Anne Boulier

Floral arrangement: Brigitte Hartke

Board Meeting: April 14, 10 AM

Hostess: Nancy Peters Co-Hostess: Joanne Menke

Garden Therapy: “Spring Design in Sherbet Glasses”

Monday April 27, 9:15 AM

Lura Marshall, Anne Nelson, Shelia Creswell,

Diane Barlow, Rosemarie Jaksetic


Apr. 7 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

Apr. TBD CEA Hydroponic Green House Field Trip

May 19

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Bring plants to share, and get new ones, as a part of our annual plant exchange. This favorite event is a chance to enhance your garden and knowledge of gardening. 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.

We will meet in the home of Anne Nelson who has once again generously offered her home to host this general meeting and plant exchange.

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

Hostesses: Chair – Anne Nelson

Carol Bolon, Karen Thompson, Val Plisko, Betty Ann Galway,

Ronnie Levay

Floral Arrangement: Anne Nelson

Board Meeting: May 12, 10 AM

Hostess: Gail Gile Co-Hostess: Valerie Warriner


May 4 Peg Bier’s Home Garden Field Trip

May 5 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

June 16, 11am

Installation Luncheon for New Officers

In recognition of New and Departing club officers, all members are cordially invited and requested to attend the Installation Luncheon.


Country Club of Fairfax

5110 Ox Road (Route 123 South)

Fairfax, VA 2203

Board Meeting: Immediately Following Installation Luncheon

Calendar :

June 2 Meadowlark Gardens Volunteers 9:30 AM

June 23 District III President’s Coffee 10 AM,

Meadowlark Gardens

Branch Out


September 17, 2019 

Birdsong Pleasure Garden; the Story of Its Creation

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

May 21

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.

June 18

End of Year Meeting
Barbara Tozzi has generously offered to host our June general meeting in her beautiful garden and around the pool.
Horticulture: June Wedding Make a wedding bouquet.  

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Five Hills Garden Club

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

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