Special Events 2018-02-09T15:35:21+00:00

Special Events


Wednesday, April 18 — Evening Lecture

Thursday, April 19 — Afternoon Seminar

SIGN UP FOR BOTH EVENTS AND SAVE!     Members: $50    Non-Members: $70

Seating is limited so register early.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

Designing With Plants the Great Dixter Way

Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 21204

Members: $25 

Non-Members: $35

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, will enchant you with a discussion of Great Dixter’s gardens. Set in the historic property and with historic plantings, these gardens artfully incorporate meadows, annuals, perennials, tropicals and bulbs to form bold and effusive creations.


Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

Vollmer Center Auditorium, Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD 21209

Members: $30        

Non-Members: $40

OK, how is it really done? A detailed look at the nuts and bolts of succession planting at Great Dixter. How the combinations are planned, the planting, the cutting back and the resulting evolution of the garden will all be explained.


Combined price for both events:

Members: $50        

Non-Members: $70

Fergus Garrett trained in horticulture at Wye College, London University. He worked in Kent for Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School, for Beth Chatto at the Unusual Plants Nursery in Essex and then for the Sackler family at Cap d’Antibes and Gstaad. In 1992 he became head gardener at Great Dixter, working closely with Christopher Lloyd until Christopher’s death in 2006. Since then he has become Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. Fergus works full-time, hands-on in the garden, as well as writing and lecturing extensively across the world.


Fergus portrait photo: Martin Ogden

July 2016

100th Birthday Party for Pauline Vollmer

A celebration in appreciation of Pauline Vollmer’s inspiration and contributions to Baltimore’s horticultural community over a lifetime, culminating in the building of a center for horticulture, the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum. The event was co-hosted by: Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, The Horticultural Society of Maryland, Cylburn Arboretum Association and the City of Baltimore, Horticulture Division.

Pauline Vollmer greets visitor at 100th Birthday Party

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September 2015

Silber Garden Plant Sale

HSM members and friends eagerly made new homes for the exceptional plants that were offered at the Silber Garden Sale. We are grateful to Jean and Douglas Silber for donating their garden plants to raise money for HSM. Many volunteers worked hard to make the event a success.

Peter Beinamen and Nancy Raskin, ready to assist shoppers

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May 2015

Tashiding:  A Splendid Day and Successful Event

HSM members Douglas and Tsognie Hamilton graciously opened their Western Run property, Tashiding, for a tour and luncheon to benefit the Vollmer Center Garden on May 31, 2015.  Thanks to the Hamiltons, our sponsors, guests and volunteers the event raised more than $8,500.

Invitation photograph courtesy of Robert Cardillo

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