Friday, March 13, 2020
NGC Goals & Objectives: History and Heritage, Horticulture, Education, 
Conservation &Environmental Concerns, Butterflies
Program Open to Members and Guests

Program:Annual Meeting: 
“Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative: Planting Habitat for the Near-Threatened Monarch Butterfly”
In 2004, 550 million Monarchs completed their winter migration. In 2013, only 33 million arrived at their overwintering grounds in Mexico--a 94% decrease over 9 years! Environmental Concern, Inc. formed the Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative© (MAMI) to fill the need for an East Coast action plan to increase milkweed habitat. EC introduced the first MAMI program, Seed Steward for Monarchs©, to the public in May, 2018. The goal of the program is to increase milkweed seed inventory for the EC nursery milkweed crop. Learn how you can make a difference by joining the Seed Steward network.

Location:Eastern Shore Hospital Center
5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD 21613, 410-221-2358
Agenda: 9:30 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:Suzanne Pittenger-Slear, a DGC member, is the President and CEO of Environmental Concern (EC), a non-profit corporation located in historic St. Michaels. During Suzanne’s 20 years working with EC, she also served as an officer on the U.S. National Ramsar Committee for 15 years, and attends the annual meeting of the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management as the USNRC representative. Suzanne’s passion for plants and natural habitat has expanded from a few jades on her window sill in college to supervising the creation of schoolyard pollinator habitats, and acres of natural shoreline and upland habitat on EC’s campus and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. After attending the 2015 meeting of the Trilateral Committee in San Diego, California, Suzanne’s concern for the decrease in vital habitat for the Monarch butterfly was the impetus for creating EC’s Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative and Seed Stewards for Monarchs program. Suzanne is thrilled to be a Monarch Ultra Ambassador and to be part of a network of environmentalists working together to promote the conservation of natural habitat and to increase the awareness of the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly. There will be some native plants for sale at the meeting.

Program Chair: Jeanne Bernard
Hosts: Faye Phillips & Nancy Barger
Judges Horticulture: David Adams & Ellen Higgins
Design: Martha Keating & Judy Slaughter
Consultant: Wanda Ciekot
Clerk: Trish Greenwell

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
Class 1. “Butterflies are Free” - Black & white or color vertical, matted photo, HB pgs. 95-96.  

Class 2. “Go Native” - Black & white or color single, matted photo, HB pgs. 95-96. 
No limit on entries