Mothers Day Eve ( May 7) Gardening Lecture at Md. Historical Society- Eyre Hall Gardens

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(Newsbox) 28-Apr-2011

MarylandHistorical Society Offers Home Gardeners A Mothers Day Present Idea Talk on One of Americas Oldest Gardens Saturday May 7

Baltimore Maryland (April 27, 2011) - The Maryland Historical Society will present a pre-Mothers Day gardening lecture on Saturday May 7th from 2 to 4 pm. at 201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, MD. The presentation will be made by Laurie Klingel, head gardener at Eyre Hall Gardens on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  The 200-year old gardens are among the oldest and most colorful in the country.  Her talk, “18th-Century Masterpiece: The Gardens of Eyre Hall” will be followed by a hosted reception with the speaker.  Fees are $40 a person, $35 MdHS Members.  For reservations: call (410)-685-3750 ext. 337 or email

Klingel will guide participants on a tour of Eyre Hall gardens using superb garden photography, horticultural insight and historical anecdotes.Her talk will focus on the 200 year old boxwoods and gnarled crape myrtles that tower over the traditional swept paths, all enclosed by a wall of brick brought as ballast from England. English-style mixed borders add color, and opposite is the romantic 1819 orangery ruin. She plants more than 6000 new bulbs in the two acre garden every year and will have lots of practical advice for the home gardeners attending the event.

Klingel holds a degree in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts, and is currently working on her masters degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech.  She has been gardening at Eyre Hall for 6 years, overseeing the installation of thousands of spring bulbs and perennials as well as tending the extensive boxwood plantings.  Her passion for history and horticulture will be represented in her talk.

 The Maryland Historical Society was founded in 1844 and is the world’s largest museum and library dedicated to the history of Maryland. Occupying an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, the society’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland’s diverse cultural heritage.” The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled “Maryland Historical Magazine.” More information about the Maryland Historical Society can be found online at

 Photo: Spring at Eyre Hall Garden on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Photo credit: Laurie Klingel




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