Alleyn Wagandt Moore, a gardener who was a judge in national horticultural competitions, died of cancer Nov. 21 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The North Baltimore resident was 92.
Born Alleyn Hays Wagandt in Baltimore, she was a great-granddaughter of William James Dickey, the 19th-century textile mill owner. Raised in Catonsville and later on Blythewood Road, she was a 1937 Bryn Mawr School graduate who also earned a bachelor of arts degree at Bryn Mawr College.
In 1944, she married Dr. J. Raymond Moore, a dentist who practiced on West University Parkway. The couple met while driving on Charles Street near the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus.
She began to take an interest in gardening after she and her husband built a home on Applewood Lane.
"The whole back of the property [was] filled with daffodils," her husband said. "She probably planted 1,000. She also grew trees from seeds."
Mrs. Moore joined the Hardy Garden Club in 1973 and was its president from 1983 to 1985. She studied horticulture and attended lectures at Longwood Gardens and the National Arboretum. She qualified to judge competitions for the American Daffodil Society and the Garden Club of America. She was a past judge of the Philadelphia Flower Show staged by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
"We were always competitive in shows," said Jane Viele, a friend and fellow gardener who lives in Mount Friendship in Harford County. "We liked to get those blue ribbons."
She won numerous awards for her gardening.
She was a former member of the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Mrs. Moore had also enjoyed pottery and kept a kiln at her home.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Woodbrook, 6200 N. Charles St.
In addition to her husband of 68 years, survivors include three sons, Joseph R. Moore III of Cambridge, Mass., George Moore of Seattle and Allen Dickey Moore of Cedarcroft; a daughter, Joan Moore of Towson; a brother, Charles L. Wagandt II of Baltimore; a sister, Ethel Galvin of Towson; and six grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun