May Day Baskets


Annapolis bursts into full bloom on the 1st of May with its annual May Basket Competition. The Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne conducts this event, now in its 57th year. Residents and businesses in the Historic District and parts of Murray Hill are encouraged to decorate their doors with baskets of fresh flowers. May Day flyers are distributed to homes and businesses in the qualifying neighborhoods. On May Day, garden club judges are out at 10am selecting blue ribbon winners and rewarding children’s efforts with pink ribbons. Adult winners are invited to a special May Day tea, hosted by garden club members on May 3rd.  Any questions, please contact Kathe Patterson 410-571-5101.


The Rules:

1. All baskets must be visible from the street by 10:am on May Day.

2. Residential arrangements of fresh, cut flowers must be in baskets.

3. Business arrangements of fresh, cut flowers may use containers related to their business.

4. All baskets (adults and children) must include a card with name of entrant.

5. Entrants age 12 and under should include their age. Pink ribbons will be awarded to the 12 and under age group.

6. Adult ribbon winners are invited to our May Tea on May 3rd. Children are not included in the Tea.


Four Rivers Garden Club Flower Mart

Tuesday, April 30, Hopkins Plaza, 8:30am on

There will be prized perennials and native plants from club members’ gardens, floral baskets fashioned by the club’s floral designers, herbs, cut flowers, colorful annuals, as well as homebaked breads and cookies. Also featured is a tag sale of garden ornaments, gardening books and cachepots, priced to sell. Club members will fashion May baskets from cut flowers and, for the first time, offer expert advice on flower arrangement for the novice gardener. Arranging workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. for fees of $25 to $35. Call 410.757.5867 to register. Flower mart proceeds support community gardening projects as well as local historic houses and gardens.

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