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CLUB PROJECTS 2017-2018

Every member of Tasker’s Chance Garden Club has devoted hours to make all of these efforts a success. In addition, the annual dues paid by each member contributes to our ability to give back to the Frederick community.


CITY HALL, MISS MOTTS &THE SKATER’S SHELTER at BAKER
PARK

In the fall of 2016 after six successful years the Club decided to ask the City to resume caring for both Miss Mott’s and the Fountain Gardens. This change in commitment will give the Club the opportunity to pursue other civic projects of interest. The Club has also extended consultative support to the City for issues pertaining to these gardens. The Planning Department (for the Historic Preservation Commission) has given approval to the Department of Parks to remove Miss Mott’s plaque and awaits the Club’s direction as to its new location. We continue to work with the City at the Skater’s Shelter, maintaining and planting annuals. 80% club participation


NATIONAL PARK NATIVE MEADOWS PROJECT

We are an unofficial partner with our local National Park Service at the Monocacy Battlefield (NPSMB), who requested our help to aid them in developing a viable landscape plan to make the entrance to the Visitors' Center at the Battlefield more attractive and welcoming. In accordance with being a National Park, it is their desire for a landscape of native plants that reflects the meadow surroundings of the Battlefield. As we approached this project, our goals broadened to include an ecologically resilient landscape that took into consideration soil and microclimate conditions, plant characteristics, scale, and wildlife protection and propagation. Thus far, we have identified and plotted the existing native plants, their bed locations and bed dimensions, and produced a list of native plants that meet the stated goals and can be integrated into the beds, for consideration by the personnel at NPSMB. We are finalizing a formal presentation to be made in September, that will include a full report of what we have done and why, our vision for the landscape at the entrance to the Visitors' Center, and a compilation of the benefits of the plan, and a management strategy for maintaining the landscape plan. 20% club participation

TANEY AVENUE SENIOR CENTER
Garden Therapy programs are provided for Senior Citizens who go to the Senior Center for their noon day meal. There are usually 16 men and women who participate. Programs are scheduled following their meal. Projects vary according to the time of year and plant material available. Live arrangements with witch decor were made in the fall and baskets of boxwood with decorations were assembled in December. In February, small live arrangements were created in Valentine’s vases and in May, planters were filled with Dusty Miller, Impatiens and butterfly decor. 20% club participation


FREDERICK CITY HANGING BASKETS
We gave a substantial donation and several other members of our club were part of the committee. The goal of the group is to have sixty hanging baskets adorn the streets each year. Our members also assisted in assembling the baskets for the holiday season. 15% Club Participation includes representatives on committee, 100% Club Participation with donations


CHRISTMAS GREENS SALES
Each year in December, TCGC makes and sells decorated and undecorated boxwood trees to raise money for our civic projects. In 2016, 80 trees were made by club members using greens from our own yards. our gross profit from this fundraiser was $3318.00. 95% Club Participation


BEYOND THE GARDEN GATES TOUR
Tasker’s Chance will be sponsoring the Beyond the Garden Gates Tour with City of Frederick on May 19th and 20th, 2018. Our club will be coordinating the tour by finding gardens for the tour and providing garden captains and docents. The proceeds from the tour will go towards civic projects in the city. 90% club participation

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS/PROJECTS
Tasker’s Chance continues to support many projects sponsored by various organizations. We look forward to new and challenging projects. We made the following donations in the past year:

Arbor Day $200

Art In Bloom $250

Bartlett Foundation $100

Flowers Over Frederick $500

Penny Pines $68

The LUCE Foundation for Children Miss Helen Smith Studio Project $1000