Local garden clubs decorate tree for State House display
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.
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.