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For Immediate Release: April 6, 2020

Contact: Sherry Appel, 202-441-3160

New Board Elections, Meeting Cancellations Announced for Hillsborough Garden Club


The Hillsborough Garden Club has elected a new Board of Directors, which was installed in March. The Board oversees all Club activities aimed at combining environmental stewardship and community outreach with a love of gardening and gardens.

Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The new Board is:

  • Ann Burton, President

  • Ann Sebesan, Vice President

  • Peregrine M. Kavros, Treasurer

  • Sherry Conway Appel, Secretary


  • Valerie Blettner

  • Sherrie Hardy

  • Carol McCanna

  • Sarah Meadows

  • Penny Rand


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent stay-at-home orders, the Club has cancelled its membership meetings until restrictions are lifted. The Board will continue to meet monthly via video conferencing.

In addition, the Board has voted to plant a pink dogwood tree at Turnip Patch Park in honor of Susan Jean Harris, the Club’s former president and treasurer, who died last month. Ann Burton, Club President, said of Sue Harris: “She was an incredible force of inspiration and joy to her fellow Club members and to anyone who knew her. She was involved in just about everything the Club did in the three years she was a member. Her beautiful garden, Pollinator Oasis, was on the 2019 Garden Tour and was designed to attract pollinators. Her passion was butterflies, particularly monarchs. Her garden reflected her strong interest in preserving the bees and insects we rely on to support our food supply.”

Burton said Harris was also active in planting poppies for the Poppy Project and in the Turnip Patch Park restoration as well as participating in the plant sale in 2018 and in offering clever programs for Club members. Once the virus quarantines are lifted, the Club will hold a planting ceremony in her memory.

Finally, recognizing that the garden brings solace to many people during these times, the Club has an “Ask Penny” column on its website where the public can pose their gardening questions.


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