We have a great lineup of programs for our general meetings. A big Thank You to our Program Committee and speakers!

Our 2020/2021 RSGC General Meeting Program Schedule:

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – via Zoom

Program: New Plant Development and Evaluation with Kathy Jentz, life long gardener, writer, blogger, Editor and Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – via Zoom

Program: The Delightful Daffodil with Eugenie Applegate. Eugenie is a member of the Washington Daffodil Society and grows over two hundred varieties of Daffodils. She will discuss the thirteen division of daffodils and techniques for growing, displaying and after bloom, care.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – via Zoom

Program:  After our short business meeting, NCAGC Judges Council Morning of Design Zoom Presentation. Make an Floral Design for your Neighbor – Virtual Autumn Flower Showcase. Members are invited say thanks to a neighbor by designing a pumpkin, wreath or Autumn themed table design for them.

Thursday, December 10, 2020* beginning at 2:00 p.m. – via Zoom (*second Thursday)

“Peace on Earth” – A Zoom Virtual Holiday Tea including member holiday designs and decor. More details to follow! Happy Holidays!

We will resume our normal business meetings and program schedule at LFPC beginning in 2021 – UNLESS COMMUNITY HEALTH PRECAUTIONS require us to not meet in person.If that is the case and If it is possible for our speakers to do their presentations via Zoom, we will make every effort to adjust to a virtual setting.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 (at Little Falls Presbyterian Church; SD/Masks required)

Program: Happy New Year! : Ikebana designer Yoshi Kurose will create beautiful Ikebana designs and show us how she celebrate the Japanese New Year. Yoshi is a member of Ikebana International.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 (at Little Falls Presbyterian Church; SD/Masks required)

Program: Botanical Arts Workshop with Virginia Federated Garden Club’s NGC Accredited Judge, Kathy Ward

Thursday, March 18, 2021 (at Little Falls Presbyterian Church; SD/Masks required)

Program: Our Urban Canopy – Matthew Barker, Arborist with the City of Alexandria VA

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Program: Spring into Design! with Betty Ann Galway, floral designer, instructor and NGC Life Judge and Member of District III’s Five Hills Garden Club.


Our 2019/2020 RSGC General Meeting Program Schedule:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – “Exploring Creative Floral Design” with Arlene Stewart, NCAGC 1st Vice President, NGC Life Flower Show Judge and award winning floral designer.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Program: “Habitat” exhibition at the Smithsonian Gardens”, with Barbara Faust, Director of Smithsonian Gardens.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Evening Event – Holiday Floral Design Event

Thursday, December 12, 2019 –  Holiday Tea “Christmas East – Near, Middle, Far” – for members only

Thursday, January 16, 2020 – _Organic Landscape Management”, with Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer at Glenstone Museum in Maryland.

Thursday, February 20, 2020  – “In Search of Grasses in Russia” – Robert Soreng, PhD., Botanist with Smithsonian National Herbarium.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – “Our Urban Canopy” – with Matthew Barker , Arborist, City of Alexandria, Va.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – “The Delightful Daffodil” – with Eugenie Applegate, Washington Daffodil Society

Thursday, May 2, 2020 – “Celebrate May – Dahlias and Design” with Connie Richards, RSGC member, floral designer and NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge, and member of National Capital Dahlia Society.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Field Trip and tour of Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia



Our 2018/2019 RSGC General Meeting Program Schedule:

Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Program: Field Trip to Green Spring Gardens
Green Spring Gardens originally was part of a tobacco plantation established during the first half of the 18th century.  Today it is a 31 acre site owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority that includes a wooded stream valley, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a green house, and a plant shop.  We will break into small groups to be led by master gardeners who can provide specific information about the plantings there.  Our tour will include a visit to the historic Georgian house built by John Moss in 1784.  Lunch afterwards will be at Silverado’s in Annandale (no additional reservation spots available).
Program:  “Chic Floral Designs”
Speaker: Ellen Seagraves
Owner of Chic Floral Designs in Bethesda
Ellen Seagraves will demonstrate the high style that defines her Chic Floral Designs in Bethesda, MD. She has a BFA in Weaving and Textile Design and often incorporates elements of those disciplines in her work along with Ikebana. Her arrangements have graced the White House and the Blair House, among other prominent addresses.
Note: December – Members only Holiday Party
Program: “Rain Gardens in Arlington County’s Storm Water Management Program”
Speaker: A representative from the office of Aileen Winquist, Watershed Outreach Program Manager
This presentation by the Arlington County Environmental Services Office will discuss developments in the county’s storm water management program with particular attention to the county’s use of rain gardens.
Program:  “Cutting Gardens
Speaker:  Drew Asbury
Horticulturist and Manager at
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
This lecture will focus on the most productive cut flowers grown in the cutting garden at Hillwood Estate and provide advice for incorporating cut flowers into your home garden.
Program:  “Made in the Shade”
Speaker: Kathy Jentz
Editor of Washington Gardener
Kathy will give suggestions for dealing with dry shade which is a common challenge of many local gardeners. Large trees are wonderful, but they can quickly suck up all your garden’s resources leaving little for the understory plantings. She will talk about design choices, soil amendments, and proven plant choices – as well as some inventive dry shade space substitutions.
Program:  “Functional and Resilient Landscapes”
Speaker: Thomas Rainer
Author & Principal in the landscape architectural firm

Phyto Studio, Washington, D.C.


Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect and a leading voice in ecological landscape design who has designed for the U.S. Capitol and New York Botanic Gardens. His passion is to plant functional and resilient landscapes that can thrive in the context of cities and towns. He has recently published “Planting in a Post-Wild World” and has been featured in articles in The Washington Post and the New York Times.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
Program:  Mount Vernon Lecture and Horticulture Show
Speaker: J. Dean Norton
Head of Horticulture at Mount Vernon
Dean Norton began employment at Mt. Vernon Estate on June 23, 1969.  After receiving his horticulture degree from Clemson University he began his career as the estate’s boxwood gardener.  For the past 49 years he has devoted considerable time to researching 18th century gardens and gardening practices.  He has received awards for conservation from the DAR, Garden Club of America and American Horticulture Societies Professional Award in 2006. 




2017/2018 RSGC General Meeting Program Schedule – many thanks to this year’s Program Committee for an exciting program lineup for our general meetings, September through June.  And additional thanks go to our Show Committee for devising a challenging monthly design, based on NGC’s new 2017 Handbook for Flower Shows. Our programs and monthly floral designs  are planned to satisfy our Club’s objectives and to educate and challenge our members.

*Design description pages are from*
Revised 2017 NGC Handbook for Flower Shows
September 21:
            Program: “Gathering and Sharing – From Our Gardens to Your
            Design of the Month:  Designer’s Choice
October 19:
Program: “Stylish Gardens Can Be Eco Friendly”
            Design of the Month: Cascade Design (HB pg. 73)*
November 16:  Holiday Floral Design Event (This event is open to the public; tickets $30)
            Design of the Month:  None
December 14: (Second Thursday) Holiday Tea: “Joy to the World” (This event is for members only and deviates from our third Thursday schedule)
January 18:
Program: “Every Home, A Habitat”
            Design of the Month: Interpretation of Art
February 15:
Program: “Archives of American Gardens:
     Capturing Garden History”
            Design of the Month: Petite Design (HB pg. 73)*
March 15:
Program: “The Wonders of Orchids”
            Design of the Month:  Reflective Design (HB pg. 75)*
April 19:
Program: “Thoughtful Design for Garden and Home”
Design of the Month:  Featured Plant Material Design
(HB pg. 74)*
May 17:
Program:  Field Trip to Brookside Gardens
            Design of the Month:  None
June 14:  (Second Thursday – deviates from our third Thursday schedule)
Program: “A Tour of Unique Arlington Gardens”
Design of the Month:  None


2016/2017 RSGC General Meeting Program Schedule

*  Indicates a deviation from our Third Thursday of the month meeting schedule.

We have a wonderful line up of programs and speakers that more than satisfy our Club’s objectives: to stimulate the study of the art of gardening; further interest in horticulture and artisti arrangement of plant materials; conserve and protect our natural resources and support good conservation practices; and serve our community by participating in garden therapy, youth gardening activities, civic beautification, horticulture and floral design education, and community outreach.  Many thanks to our Program Committee members for their efforts to provide members with excellent programs for 2016/2107.

Thursday, September 15, 2016: “Recreating Our Natural History: Landscaping with Native Plants” with Mary Pat Rowan, Landscape Architect

Thursday, October 20, 2016: “Ikebana and Our Gardens” with Alice Buch, RSGC member and Ikebana practitioner 

Thursday, November 17, 2016:  “The Wonderful World of Ferns” with Dr. Carl Taylor, Ph.D., Botanist

*Thursday, December 8, 2016: “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Tea, 2-4 p.m.  at the home of a club member – This event is for members only and house guests and not open to the public. (Wish to attend? Consider joining our wonderful club!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017: “Community Supported Agriculture All Around Us” with Cary Vaughn, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017: “A Sustainable English Garden” with John Sonnier, Head Gardener, British Embassy of Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 16, 2017: “Basics of a Creative Dining Room Arrangement” with Babs McClendon, Accredited Flower Show Judge.

*Thursday, April 20, 2017: Field Trip to Hillwood Museum and Garden, Washington, DC.  This event may be restricted to members only and guests. (Wish to attend? Consider joining our wonderful club!)

Thursday, May 18, 2017:  Earth Sangha: “A Mission for Ecological Restoration” with Lisa and Matthew Bright, owners of Earth Sangha.

*Thursday, June 8, 2017:  Private Garden Tour, Fairfax Station, VA followed by a year-end luncheon. For members and guests only. (Wish to attend? Consider joining our club!) 



Rock Spring Garden Club has a wonderful line up of Programs at our monthly meetings for this upcoming year.  Our Programs begin after our business meeting, approximately 11:00AM, and are free and open to the public, except where noted.  Meetings where there is a change to the third Thursday/10:00AM meeting time is marked with an (*)  For more information, please use our “CONTACT” button or email us at

Many thanks to our Program Committee for a terrific lineup of interesting programs for the 2015/16 Club year.


September 17, 2015:  “Show Your Creativity” – Our Show Committee members will demonstrate basic floral arranging techniques and highlight designs for our monthly design challenges for the upcoming year.  Learn to use your Flower Show Handbook to find out specific requirements for various designs.  Members will do floral arrangements.

October 15, 2015:“Why Natives?” – Local naturalist and native plant enthusiast, Laura Beaty will talk about the myriad choices and benefits of native plants for your garden.

November, 19, 2015, 6:30 PM (*)– Our annual HOLIDAY FLORAL DESIGN EVENT featuring Jo Oliver, floral designer and owner of Highway to Hill Flowers.  Ms. Oliver studied at the Flower School of New York, then with some of the top floral designers on the East Coast. She was recently featured in the Washington Post’s Local Living section. We also have club member designer, Renee Bayes, who will present the basics of floral design.  THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Tickets are available for sale at $25.00 per person, includes program, door prizes and delicious refreshments. (Use the contact button to reach us) and this event will be held at National Rural Electrical Cooperative Building at Ballston, Arlington, VA.

December 10, 2015, 2:00PM (*)Holiday Tea at a member’s home that has been decorated for the holidays by our talented club members. This year, our HOLIDAY JOY tea will feature over 26 fresh, floral designs. This lovely social event is for members and guests only.

January 21, 2016 – “Floral Design Skill Building”: with Leigh Kitcher, former District III Director and member of Ayr Hill Garden Club in Vienna.  Leigh will demonstrate floral arranging strategies, focusing on skills required for the upcoming designs scheduled in our April 2016 Flower Show.

February 25, 2016“Houseplants”: Our speaker is Regina Lanctot, Plant Specialist with Merryfield Gardens.  Her presentation will include information about varieties of houseplants, placement and care, and methods of propagation.

March 17, 2016“Small Space Garden Design-Squeezing It All Into Your Urban Garden” With guest speaker, Kathy Jenz.  Kathy is the editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. She will, by using examples from area gardens, illustrate basic design principles for maximizing garden space. She will address common small space challenges such as creating privacy and adding light to shady area.  Kathy will also offer low-or-no budget solutions as well.

April 21, 2016 – RSGC Standard Flower Show:



May 19, 2016“Field Trip: Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC”

June 9, 2016 – “A Showcase of RSGC Member Gardens”:  Join us for our Installation of Officers, delicious refreshments, and take a self-guided tour of exclusive member gardens in Arlington and Falls Church area.  A tour map will be provided.



Previous Year’s Programs:

September 18, 2014:     “Expanding Your Floral Design Expertise” – Babs McClendon, Accredited Flower Show Judge, NGC. Demonstration and hands on design experience.

October 16, 2014:           “Capitol Splendor – The Gardens and Parks of Washington, DC” – with Author Barbara Glickman.  Behind the making of the book slideshow discussing famous gardens and other little known gems around the nation’s capitol.

November 20, 2014:      “Fifth Annual HOLIDAY DESIGN EVENT”, 6:30PM, National Rural Electronic Cooperative Building, Ballston, Arlington VA.  Guest designers Jane Winters and Betty Sejas from the Design Studio for Company Flowers; and RSGC Member and floral designer Ann Marie Fay.  Get your fabulous ideas and detailed instruction to beautify your home during the holiday season.  THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

December 11, 2014:           “Birds and Berries” Holiday Tea at the home of a member of our Club. This meeting is for members and guests only. 2:00 – 4:00 PM

January 15, 2015:           “Horticulture Therapy” with Sheila Gallagher, Registered Horticultural Therapist, Certified Professional Horticulturalist and Master Gardener.  A slide show about training for horticulture therapy, populations served, and activities.

February 19, 2015:        “Tips and Tricks for Garden Maintenance” with David Roos, garden writer and journalist.

March 19, 2015:               “Exploring Ikebana” with Sheila Advani, Ikebana Teacher.  Sheila will demonstrate both the basic, beginning lessons in the Sogetsu School as well as free style arrangements.

April 16, 2015:                   “Container Gardening: Recipes for Success” with Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of Washington Gardener magazine. We will discuss growing both edible and nonedible plants in containers.

May 21, 2015:                    Field Trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD – for members and guests only but do contact us as we may have additional space (no guarantees).

June 11, 2015:                   “Garden of the Year 2015” Program and Announcement of Winners.


~ programs may be substituted without notice

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