Byron Day celebration drew a large crowd of 39 Gilbert Byron
admirers. After Jacques Baker gave a brief introduction to Byron’s
life and guests toured the Gilbert Byron House, people shared their
reminiscences as well as poems and photographs. Jacque and Jean provided a
birthday cake for this fourth annual Byron Day event—always held
around July 12, Byron’s
birthdate in 1903.
Great thanks to the Bakers for organizing the celebration and for
providing the birthday treats.
cookies and ginger snaps, tea and lemonade: these were just a few of
the offerings that guests enjoyed at July’s Tea in the Garden. Thanks
to those who prepared the treats as well as to those who prepared
the nearby gardens.
Special appreciation, as well, to the
Chesapeake Bay Herb Society volunteers who tend the Herb Garden
weekly, and to Betsy Petit de Mange and Sue Ornsby who introduced
the herbal plants to guests during the event.
a thanks and a call for more help: Thanks to Mary Ann Ray and
Cathie Liebl, Pickering Creek’s new brochures have been delivered to
places in Easton and St. Michaels. More help is needed! We’d like to have them
available in libraries, bed and breakfasts, local businesses, and
other community gathering spots, in Oxford, Cambridge and
Queenstown. CAN YOU
give us a call.
special thank you goes to Erney Maher, our vendor coordinator for
Harvest Hoedown, who has spent the last four summers finding new and
interesting vendors for our annual fall open house. He has passed the baton for Harvest Hoedown 2011 on October 9,
2011 to Pat
Shehan and other volunteers who will continue his work.
Last but not least,
thank you to Joe Jelich, Ron Weber, Albert Moschetto, and Bill Barnes for helping
repair our picnic tables!
Summer campers and visitors are
already putting them to good use.
Creek Profile: The Herb Garden
It’s 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22: Seven CBHS-ers arrive
prepared to brave the heat, for the garden is calling. A week of unyielding temperatures and the herbs, mostly of
Mediterranean origin, are sagging, undoubtedly relieved that the
weekly attention they’ve come to expect has appeared.
Russell, an energetic lover of herbs who had been a member of a
similar group in Bethesda, Maryland, founded CBHS, the Chesapeake
Bay Herb Society, in 2002.
Two years later, after making arrangements with Pickering
Creek’s Director, Mark Scallion, the members took charge of
Pickering Creek’s herb garden, overgrown and weedy, which stood
along the lane at the Center.
the winter meeting, volunteer Peggy Hegwood handed out paper and
pencils. “Now everybody
draw what you envision,” members were told. Thus emerged the garden’s plan:
the serpentine paths and surrounding beds—a maze intentionally
designed to slow one’s pace through fragrant plantings.
first spring’s work was especially hard. Pathways were laid with
meticulous care, using large ropes to guide their shape and maintain
an even width. The beds
were raised and edged with bricks, compost worked into the soil, and
small seedlings set in place.
beginning of a garden that would bring delight!
years later, the garden continues to flourish and please. One Monday morning when
volunteers went to the Tool Shed for hoes and rakes, they found an
anonymous note from a weekend kayaker. “This is the best herb
garden I’ve ever seen,” it read.
you visit, you will notice that the beds have names: Fragrance, Tea,
Lemon, Basil, Lavender, Culinary, Shade, and Pizza. The fourteen CBHS volunteers
of the Pickering Creek Herb Garden Committee start the year by
dividing the beds up among themselves, taking responsibility for the
initial purchasing and planting. After that, the care of the
garden’s territory belongs to all, and the weekly work of watering,
weeding, and trimming begins.
is the work of bees and butterflies. They hover over basil—eight
varieties, fennel, scented geraniums, Greek oregano, hyssop, thyme,
and so many more.
(Laminated lists of the plants are in the mailbox at the
Garden, and copies are in the Office.) Bunnies hide in this verdant
paradise, often nibbling favorite herbs, and sometimes encouraged to
move along by spray from a volunteer’s hose.
details at the Garden add welcoming interest. In the late spring of this
year, Jesse Stone, a member of Easton’s Scout Troop 532 built a
pergola at the entrance (as his Eagle Project), replicating the one
at the front of the neighboring Children’s Imagination Garden. And a
tall obelisk covered with the cheerful red flowers of a cypress vine
stands along the opening path.
At October’s Hoedown on October 9th
, CBHS volunteers cut snippets of remaining herbs
and, upon request, place them in bags for visitors. (There’s always the
worry: will the Tiger
Swallowtails have devoured the Bronze Fennel?) It’s a lovely time for a stroll
along the pebbled paths, and a time to thank the Chesapeake Bay Herb
Society volunteers for their dedicated work.
Up in August
spread the word! Let Samantha know if you can help with the
distribution of Pickering Creek’s new brochures in Oxford,
Cambridge, and Queenstown.
Call for Trail Checkers:
We are looking volunteers who enjoy walking our trails and
keeping them at their best—removing small, protruding limbs,
clearing paths, and reporting any major trail damage. Weekly walks are best, with
particular attention after storms. Maintenance of
particular trails can be shared. The Espenhorsts will take on
the Farm to Bay Trail every other week. What about volunteering to
take the odd weeks?
Mary Ann Ray has adopted the Wetland Overlook Trail. A checker is also needed for
the Children’s Trail.
Please lend a hand!
Garden Days: In
addition to the Herb Garden, well tended by the Chesapeake Bay Herb
Society, there are gardens in many places at Pickering Creek—at the
driveway entrance, by the bird-feeders behind the office, the
Songbird garden, the Byron Garden, and, the largest one of all, the
Children’s Garden. All
of them need the attention of loving hands. Join Samantha on Wednesday
afternoons in August, from 5:30pm to 7pm to weed, water, and
trim. Come one Wednesday or come
are welcome at no charge to August’s public program: Starry, Starry
night. Just let
Samantha know ahead of time that you are able to
Starry, Starry Night August 27, 7-9pm
the night sky when the moon is almost new and stars shine bright. Go
stargazing and learn more about the night sky though stories during
this relaxed evening program.
$5 per person.Register
online at www.pickeringcreek.org or contact Samantha Pitts at 410-822-4903x26.
Public Lands Day is coming up on Saturday September 24. Plan on
joining the Pickering Creek Staff for a day of stewardship at the
information and registration for all events, contact Samantha Pitts,
email@example.com, or phone (410) 822-4309