Hardy Garden Club was founded in 1913 by a group of Baltimore ladies interested in gardening and flower arranging. The Club was invited to join The Garden Club of America in 1920 and was later a founding member of both the Maryland Daffodil Society and The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.
Today, Hardy members are just as passionate about the three stated goals of the club: the acquisition of knowledge and love of horticulture and gardening, the encouragement of excellence in flower arranging and the conservation of the environment. To this end, educational speakers, workshops, field trips, flower shows and community projects and outreach all play a large role in the life of Hardy members.
We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about us!
What We Do
Hardy members participate in a multitude of activities for the community, for each other and for themselves. Members come together from September to June on a monthly basis. The calendar is filled with events including artistic floral shows, horticultural shows, fundraisers, field trips, lectures, workshops, community service and fundraisers. In addition, club members are active in both The Garden Club of America and Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.
Fundraisers: 25% of sales to Hardy Garden Club via Brent and Becky's Bulbs special fundraiser link.
Field Trips: Winterthur, Philadelphia Flower Show, Valley View Garden Center, Longwood Gardens, Ladew Gardens
Community Service Projects
Our primary ongoing project is the maintenance of the Hardy rain garden at Meadowood Park. Designed and installed in 2007, the rain garden seeks to educate the public about the importance of runoff control while mitigating onsite stormwater runoff into Deep Run, a tributary of the Jones Falls.
Meals on Wheels
Assembling and delivering holiday boxwood trees or pumpkins with flowers to clients of Meals on Wheels.
Ladew Manor House
Decorating a room at Ladew Manor House for Christmas.
GCA Medal of Merit presented to Fran Flanigan (left) in September 2016. The medal of merit is a GCA award given for contributions of exceptional merit in the field of horticulture, conservation, or civic achievement, and for inspirational leadership within that area.
2013 GCA Shirley Meneice National Horticulture Conference Chair, Barbara Gould (center) pictured with Joan Miller (left) and Bliss McCord (right).
Best Small Daffodil Grower - 2015 American Daffodil Society Show
Most Blue Ribbons in a Show (15 ribbons) - 2015 American Daffodil Society Show
Leslie Aronson (new member)
Hardy members, Maria Eagan and Nancy Powell, replicated the historic Hampton Mansion for display at the annual GCA Zone meeting in October 2016. The design was a based on the parterre gardens in the back of the mansion and the many flowers- filled urns on the property. The white orchids symbolized the beautiful mansion.
Congratulations to Nancy Harrison for being awarded the Zone VI Judging Award. Nancy, a member since 1990, has spent the past several decades sharing her floral design expertise as well as passing and judging for GCA clubs.