Members of the Mt. Airy, Carroll and Silver Fancy Garden Club's decorated a Christmas tree in a theme that celebrates the 14 Carroll County volunteer fire departments for the First Lady's State House Holiday Display Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017.

Carroll County garden club members helped Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan garnish the State House Rotunda when they decorated a Christmas tree there last week. This is the third year Hogan welcomed garden club members from throughout the state to design trees or wreaths representing their respective counties.

The public is welcome to visit and see the decorations every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


“Welcoming garden clubs representing all 24 Maryland jurisdictions to our beautiful State House is always one of my favorite times of the year,” said Hogan in a prepared statement. “I would like to sincerely thank all of the participating clubs and volunteers for sharing their time, effort, talents, and creativity. I hope all visitors can enjoy and celebrate the holiday season while learning about Maryland’s history and culture from each county’s Christmas tree or wreath.”

Mt. Airy Garden Club President Tina Swanson said members of the Mt. Airy Garden Club, the Silver Fancy Garden Club, and the Carroll Club formed an 11-person Carroll County State Tree Committee.

“This year we decided to honor the 14 fire companies in Carroll County,” Swanson said. “We contacted all the fire companies and they sent me their patches. We put them on quilt squares bordered in Maryland flag material. We also included Dalmatian dogs, fire trucks, ambulances, fire ladders, fire picks, and fire helmets as well as tiny histories of the fire companies on parchment paper.”

Mt. Airy Garden Club member Joyce Stone said the tree “turned out really well.” The group also made dried nosegays in the colors of the Maryland flag — black, yellow, red, and white.

“We used immature sunflowers, yellow billy ball, white statice, bright red nandina berry, and black ribbon,” Stone explained.

The group finished the tree with a garland of berries and a fireman’s jacket tree skirt.

“We’ve had so many fires in our area, we wanted to honor the firemen by using them as our theme,” Stone said.

Mt. Airy Garden Club member Mary Boldt said she was honored to be part of the decoration committee.

“Every year we feel so welcomed by the first lady and she so appreciates everyone coming out,” Boldt said “We’ve already told them we’d do it again next year. We’re honored to do it.”

Added Stone: “It’s so much fun. There’s an excitement. It puts you in the mood for Christmas.”

“I’m looking forward to doing it again next year,” Swanson said. “I think people should visit the trees and see the designs from all over the state. It’s amazing how different they are. They’re all are beautiful.”