Friday, March 12, 2021
NGC Goals & Objectives: Conservation &Environmental Concerns

Program: Annual Meeting 
“High Tide in Dorchester” (2017)

Our low-lying county of Dorchester on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100, or sooner, as waters rise and erosion worsens. We are the proverbial ‘coal miner’s canary,’ ground zero for the Chesapeake Region. According to the website for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), “as one of the country’s most vulnerable landscapes to flooding, erosion and sea level rise, the Eastern Shore can become a national model for preparedness and coastal resilience in rural communities.” ESLC is committed, through conservation, to preserving the quality of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for future generations. Today’s presentation, Climate and the Future of Dorchester County,
will address sea level rise and other impacts of climate change, subjects those of us living in waterfront communities susceptible to those High Tides in Dorchester have first-hand experience. 

Location:Eastern Shore Hospital Center
5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD 21613, 410-221-2358

Agenda: 9:00 am – 10:30 amEntries Accepted
10:30 am – 11:00 amJudging/Social Time
11:00 am – 12:00 pmBusiness Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch/View Exhibits
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmProgram

Speaker: Jim Bass, Coastal Resilience Program Manager, has been with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) since June of 2018. In that capacity, he assists local and state government partners in planning for the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Jim studied Environmental and Emergency Management at the University of Delaware, and, prior to his association with ESLC, he worked for nearly 10 years in local government emergency management. At work, Jim is most passionate about hazard mitigation and building a resilient community through creative partnerships. He will provide us with information about protective measures we can take to mitigate the changes in our climate and prepare us for the consequences. Out of the office, Jim can be found hiking with his wife and daughter or playing music in the backyard.

Program Chair: Martha Keating
Hosts: Helen Davies & Nancy Johnson  
Horticulture: David Adams & Ellen Higgins
Design: Karen Collins & Judy Slaughter
Consultant: Wanda Ciekot
Clerk: Billie Norton

Division I – Horticulture
Class 1.Forced Branches – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)
b.Pussy Willow
c.Any other

Class 2.African Violets
a.Pot diameter 3” or less
b.Pot diameter more than 3”

Class 3.Conifers – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)
a.With cones or berries
b.Without cones or berries

Class 4.Broad leaf Evergreen Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/
maximum length 24”)

Class 5.Ilex (Holly) – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/
maximum length 18”)

Class 6.Container Grown Plants (maximum pot diameter 8”)

Class 7.Open Class
d.Bulb, corm, rhizome, tuber

Division II – Design – High Tide in Dorchester

Class 1. HB pg. 74, Section G. Featured Plant Material using fresh or dried native plants that may be painted and manipulated.

Class 2. HB pg. 78, Section E. Duo Design. Eligible for Companion Design (see p. 31).