Lo­cal gar­den clubs dec­o­rate tree for State House dis­play

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AN­NAPO­LIS — On Nov. 28 and 29, the gover­nor and first lady wel­comed mem­bers of gar­den clubs from all 24 Maryland ju­ris­dic­tions to the State House to per­son­ally de­liver and dec­o­rate a Christ­mas trees and a wreath in the ro­tunda.

Lo­cal gar­den clubs were asked to in­ter­pret their county’s his­tory. Mem­bers of the Kent Is­land and Queen Anne’s County gar­den clubs cre­ated a Christ­mas tree in honor of Queen Anne.

Dawn Thomas of Kent Is­land Gar­den Club and April Wal­ter of Queen Anne’s County Gar­den Club spear­headed this project. The tree is a royal salute to the Queen of Eng­land, Anne Stu­art, who reigned Eng­land from 1702 to 1714. Dec­o­rated with sil­ver, gold and pur­ple or­na­ments, rib­bons, pearls and crys­tals were added for the sparkle any queen would love. With her crown on top and her fur-lined tree skirt, this royal tree is a trea­sure to see.

The gover­nor and first lady pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and Christ­mas or­na­ments to each club.

Meno­rahs have also been placed in the State House and Govern­ment House.

Maryland cit­i­zens are wel­come to visit and see the dec­o­rated trees, wreath, and meno­rah ev­ery day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the ex­cep­tion of Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

From the left, Ernes­tine Ke­p­ley, Dawn Thomas, Mag­gie Lewis, April Wal­ter, Anne Foss, First Lady Yumi Ho­gan, Linda Elias and Irene Fares.

Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Ho­gan stands with the Queen Anne’s County Christ­mas Tree.

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