Friday, May 10, 2019
NGC Goals & Objectives: Education, Horticulture, Conservation, Ecology & the Environment
 Programs are open to Club Members and Guests*
*advance registration required

Program:“The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife”
This program will enlighten us as to why and how you should welcome wildlife to your backyard, applying the lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Learn how anyone with a yard, a balcony or even a windowsill can help support the planet’s plant and animal species. Even a tiny garden attracts wildlife and pollinators, peacefully resolving inter-ecosystem conflict. Ms. Lawson answers questions such as “why do we call some insects ‘beneficial’ while others are ‘pests?’ Why are some plants considered desirable while others are ‘weeds’.’’ Learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misconceptions about the wild species living among us.
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:Nancy Lawson is a journalist, editor and naturalist committed to cultivating compassion for all creatures great and small. She writes the popular “Humane Backyard” column for All Animals magazine published by the Humane Society of the United States and she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal friendly landscaping methods. As a humane gardener, Lawson “challenges herself to see the world through the eyes (and ears and noses and antennae) of other species, from easy-to-love butterflies and birds to the more misunderstood moles and beetles and wasps and groundhogs…just trying to make a life outside her door.” You may find some of the facts she shares interesting, unexpected and just good-to-know; for example, each year opossum, often seen as nasty nuisances, helpfully ingest thousands of disease-causing ticks!

Program Chair: Jeanne Bernard 
Hosts: Fran Collins & Beth Burton
Horticulture: Linda Easter & Bev Waggoner
Design: Wanda Ciekot & Patti Hopkins
Consultant: Clara Mae Stephens
Clerk: Cheryl Willey


Division I – Horticulture

Class 1Rosa (Roses)
a.Miniature single 
b.Miniature spray
c.Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora
d.Floribunda, Polyantha, Carpet, Climber – one spray
e.Shrubs, Old Garden Rose

Class 2.Conifers – one branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)
a.With cones or berries
b.Without cones or berries

Class 3.Broadleaf Evergreen Tree or Shrubs – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/
maximum length 24”)

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

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

Class 6.Open Class
d.Bulb, corm, rhizome, tuber

Class 7.Iris, Tall or Intermediate Bearded
a.White, cream, yellow, orange or peach
b.Pink, rose, red or brown
c.Blue, purple or violet
d.Blend or bi-color

Class 8.Miniature Iris

Class 9.Bearded Iris – Japanese, Spuria or Siberian

Class 10.Bulbous Iris – English, Dutch or Spanish

Class 11.Any other Iris

Class 12.Container Grown Plants 
(maximum pot diameter 8”)

Division II – Design
Class 1. “Birds of a Feather” – Cascade Design employing bird feathers HB pg. 73.
Class 2. “4-WRENt” –Pot-et-Fleur Design in a window box, dimensions not to exceed 24x8x8.75”, HB pg. 94.