Today I walked over to the shed behind the Barn and there I found several Sotterley Garden Guild members busily and happily working - trimming, arranging, tying - creating the most beautiful touches of the season. And the great news is that they will be selling these expertly crafted items during this weekend's holiday events! As an artist, they are the ones who quench my visual thirst, making me very proud to be part of this place.
The Sotterley Garden Guild consists of 40 volunteers whose dedication tallies beyond 4,000 hours per year. Every Wednesday and Saturday, whether braving the extreme heat and humidity of a Maryland summer's day or bundled up with thermoses braced against the chill-you-to-the-bone February winds, they are here on site. They suit up and show up. Because of their passion for beauty, their fundraising efforts have brought in tens of thousands of dollars over the last 15 years. Because of their combined effort and dedication, all those involved with or who visit Sotterley Plantation, are beholden to the Garden Guild.