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


Please note: In the event of a public health situation, RSGC will adhere to State mandated safety protocals such as masking, social distancing or pivot our meetings to a Zoom format, if possible. This may require a change in program/speaker. Members and guests should only attend in person meetings if they are in good health and full vaccinated.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

NGC Flower Show Design Primer with Designer and NGC Master Judge, Betty Ann Galway

Thursday, October 19 , 2023

Dahlias!  Field trip to Poolsville, MD to Grateful Gardeners Farm (carpooling)

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Windowsill Art with Author, gardener and floral designer, Nancy Ross Hugo

Thursday, December 14, 2023 *

“Home for the Holidays” –  Tea and Celebration – Members and houseguests only

Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Chelsea Flower Show with Accredited Judge and avid traveler, Kaki Power

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Beyond Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme with horticulturalist and garden communicator,  Peg Riccio

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Spring Pruning in the Garden with Master Gardener Maraea Harris of Metro Gardenworks

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Anita and Thea’s Aventures in Scotland with members Anita Brown and Thea McGinnis – plus prep for our upcoming flower show

Thursday, May 16, 2024  **

“Good Day, Sunshine – The Beatles Are in the Garden” – NGC Standard Flower Show hosted by Rock Spring Garden Club. Open to the public – time TBA.

Thursday, June 13, 2024*

Member Garden Tour and end-of-year celebration

*second Thursday date deviation

**short business meeting only while judging is in process



People are interested in programs RSGC enjoys year after year, so we have included some of our  previous years’ programs for reference/program suggestions only.


Please note: State mandated safety protocols such as masking and social distancing shall be enforced. In the event our meetings cannot be held in person, we will, IF POSSIBLE, revert to a Zoom format or substitute a program/speaker. Members and guests should only attend in person meetings if fully vaccinated.

Thursday, September 16

Program: Welcome Back! Floral Design Presentation and Workshop May Bernhardt, floral designer and owner of Mayflower Design Studio in Reston and McLean, VA

Thursday, October 21

Program: Wildflowers of the Melting Glaciers Elizabeth Byers, Senior Scientist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Conservation, has been documenting the alpine flora of Nepal for more than 40 years

Thursday, November 18

Program: The Art of the Flower Local Artist and Instructor Jane Coonce, showcasing her skills and talents, will create a painting in less than one hour. Medium: oil.

Thursday, December 9 “Nature’s Gifts” Holiday Tea 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Date/time deviates from normal schedule) at the home of member Renee Bayes, with floral designs inspired by nature. This event is for members and house guests only.

Thursday, January 20

Program: Happy New Year! Sogetsu Ikebana designer Yoshie Kurose will demonstrate Ikebana designs to inspire and welcome a happy and healthy New Year!

Thursday, February 17

Program: Inspiring Botanical Arts VFGC 2nd Vice President and NGC Accredited Judge Kathy Ward will showcase botanical works of art to inspire your creativity.

Thursday, March 17

Program: “All about Orchid Care” Carol Allen, Agent Associate at University of Maryland. Carol will review the basic cultural conditions for growing orchids correctly and fully to their genetic potential.

Thursday, April 21

Program: Urban Beekeeping and Sustainable Agriculture All about creating a social enterprise aimed at developing honeybee habitats in both rural and urban settings. Our speaker, Brad Gorman, is the Owner and Chief Apiarist of the Commonwealth Bee Company of Arlington, Virginia.

Thursday, May 19

Program: Field Trip via carpool to Glen Burnie House and Gardens, Winchester, Virginia. Part of the Museum of the Shenandoah, we will tour the house, gardens, exhibitions and galleries, box lunch. Event details to follow closer to event date.

Thursday, June 10 (Date deviates from club’s normal schedule)

Program: Inside the Garden Gate Tour of three member gardens, followed by lunch at last garden. Gardens and location details to follow closer to event date. Garden hats and white gloves optional!




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


~ programs may be substituted without notice

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