Garden Club keeps garden on track by Light Rail [Lutherville]

Lutherville Garden Club is busy every week tending to the Track Side Garden beside the Light Rail tracks on the corner of Seminary and Front avenues in Historic Lutherville. Two of the 70 Garden Club members take turns each week to bring water, clean up, and weed the well-known garden. Jean Lowry, president of the LGC and active member for 49 years, showed me around the Track Side Garden and pointed out some beautiful red rose bushes, lavender, and sedum. The county provides and spreads the mulch which is quite a help. "

There's always work to be done in the garden, especially with the crown vetch weed that roots underground and is hard to keep under control." Jean told me the weed is invasive in Maryland gardens and prevents native plants and flowers from becoming established and growing. Jean and I discovered we are both from Pittsburgh. When she explained why crown vetch was brought to the U.S from oversees and the possible uses, she pointed out that the Pennsylvania Turnpike uses crown vetch along roadways for erosion control. and I could recall that visual image very clearly.

The LGC is working closely with College Manor Assisted Living Facility adjacent to the Track Side Garden. College Manor is undergoing a beautification project of its own, with its outside being freshly painted and the inside spruced up as well. LGC has a monthly flower arrangement demonstration with the residents. Maybe the Club will assist College Manor when they update their patio for the residents?

The LGC has an exciting event on Oct. t 8, "New York Comes to Baltimore" with Michael Gaffney as the big draw.Gaffney is a world-renowned floral designer whom Martha Stewart's radio show declared "the most interesting guest ever on the show." His lectures are informative, fun and filled with personal stories. The $40 event will be held at the Historic Woman's Club of Roland Park, with breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by the Michael Gaffney presentation and book signing. For information, contact Cheryl Marocco at 410-321-6384 or email The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hampton Historical Site Green House Stabilization Project. Lowry says "with some many budget cuts, the national historical landmarks are suffering." Hampton House, located at 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, was the first site selected as a National Historical Site for its architectural significance by the U.S. National Park Service. A recent newsletter to the LGC members notes that the money donated to the Hampton Green House Project will lay the ground work for many horticultural endeavors such as junior garden clubs, youth gardeners, and school visitations including hands-on activities with plants.

The Lutherville Garden Club is currently accepting members. They meet the first Thursday of every month from September till May, at the Providence United Methodist Church, with lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a talk by a guest speaker. For information on the club, call 410-823-5365 or email Linda Tingle, membership chair, at, or

My neighbor, Kathy Wilmot, residing in the Pot Spring Community, recently invited me to her church, or at least let my 14-year-old daughters know about the active youth group at the Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Lutherville. I'm not a churchgoer, and for sure not Catholic. But, I've seen this massive structure from Ridgely Road and know quite a few friends who worship there. I drove up to the church to do some research for my article. It was a cold call, without a prior phone call and without warning, I just walked into the church office and could not have been more warmly welcomed. I had a meeting with Chris Wesley, who has been the Director of Student Ministries for the past 9 years. He was perfectly suited for his position, young, eloquent, casual, and good looking. Wesley told me "the student ministry is about helping teens grow as disciples." He continues with "irresistible environment, constant opportunities, and authentic relationships" as goals for young people to grow deeper in faith. Wesley told me about Summer Small Groups where teens meet at cool places, hang out, and talk with their peers. Middle school kids in grades 6 through 8 will be 'diving deeper' into faith beginning Sunday, July 14 through July 28, from 6:30-8:30, at York Manor Swim Club, corner of Charmuth and Margate roads, Lutherville. Bring $2 for the guest fee to enjoy the pool and hang with Mr. Wesley from Church of the Nativity and his middle- school crew.

High School students, grades 9 through 12, also have small groups meetings at the Hunt Valley Chick-fil-a, on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 through August 15. Wesley says he expects about a dozen or so teenagers to attend. Meetings off campus lets the Church of the Nativity get more involved into the community. To RSVP to the Small Groups, look up Nativity Family on Facebook.

Six high school teens (16 yrs. or older) and 2 adults from the Church of the Nativity left last Sunday, July 14 for a rural Appalachian mission trip to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia to participate in home repair, visiting the elderly, cooking, and hospitality with the local Salem, West Va., community.

For more information about the good works at the Church of the Nativity visit them at for live streaming. They are doing great things!

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