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Taneytown garden club's sale a 'perennial' favorite

Those looking for perennials to fill holes in their gardens won't want to miss the Silver Fancy Garden Club's annual plant sale being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nationwide Insurance parking lot at 441 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

"We get all kinds of stuff for the sale," said organizer and club member Susie Heck. Included are perennial bushes, plants and trees that come directly from members' own gardens.

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This way gardeners can be sure that what they're buying are "plants that do well in this area," she said, including "stuff our grandmothers had."

This will be the eighth or ninth year of the club's annual plant sale, Heck said, which is always held the third Saturday in May at the same location.

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Plants will range in price from $1 to $10, she said. And all the money raised helps pay for the club's various projects in Taneytown and Emmitsburg, including garden therapy programs at Taneytown Senior and Community Center and Emmitsburg Senior Center and youth gardening programs at the Taneytown and Emmitsburg libraries.

The club does four programs a year at each place that have something to do with gardening or nature, Heck said, for a total of 16 gardening programs a year. The programs typically take place around a holiday, she said, and "it's always something hands-on, so [participants] have something to enjoy," something they can take home with them.

In addition, club members supply monthly flower arrangements for the two libraries, and they fill and maintain various flower pots at the Taneytown library and city office and the library, post office and a public park in Emmitsburg, Heck said.

The club is an affiliate of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, which is associated with National Garden Clubs. The local group just celebrated its 60th anniversary on Thursday, Heck said. "We've been around for a long time," she said.

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The Silver Fancy Garden Club originated in Emmitsburg, Heck said, and spread into Taneytown. Members come from various areas, including Westminster, the Catoctin Mountains and Fairfield, Pennsylvania.

The club meets the third Thursday of the month at different locations, including members' homes, local churches and the libraries, she said, and "all of our projects [take place] during the day."

New members are always welcome. Heck said members "get all kinds of access" to opportunities to expand their knowledge and love of gardening, including classes, field trips and a large network of gardeners.

Heck spoke fondly of some of the opportunities she has experienced as a 17-year member of the club, including the chance to learn landscape design and Japanese flower arranging.

To learn more about the club or the plant sale, call Heck at 410-756-1113.

Old photos

If you want a glimpse into Taneytown's past, you won't want to miss "Photographic Memories of Taneytown from the Clem Collection," being presented as part of the Taneytown Heritage Committee and History Museum's May meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

The group will have a brief business meeting and then Brenda Clem Clapsaddle and Linda Clem Warehime will share a collection of photographs of the Taneytown area from the late 1930s to the late 1950s, including those taken by their father, Kenneth Clem.

According to a press release, Kenneth Clem was a professional photographer who moved to Taneytown in 1938. He also managed the former Taneytown movie theater and the former drive-in at Bridgeport, near the Carroll County/Frederick County line.

Some of the photographs in the collection include the Taney Inn, Harney in the 1942 snowstorm, and John Welty Sr., then a 10-year-old with the bicycle he won at the Taneytown movie theater.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served afterward.

The church is at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Parking and the entrance to the fellowship hall are in the back of the church.

For more information about the organization or this event, contact Elaine Hoover at 410-756-2135.

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