Opportunities at Whipps
Every Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Rain day on Friday, from March through October as weather permits. volunteers meet to maintain the gardens and pathways throughout the cemetery. Projects include general maintenance, planting, watering, weeding, raking, pruning, composting, and whatever needs to be done.
Volunteers are needed to help with public events and fund-raisers including Daffodil Day and the annual spring Plant Sale which may include speakers and exhibits. Also, the cemetery garden is often decorated with flowers and American flags on Memorial Day.
Individuals, families, clubs and organizations may adopt a section in the Whipps Garden Cemetery. Guidelines are to re-create a garden that reflects the traditions of the Victorian age such as the planting of heritage and native shrubs, perennials, and annuals that will adapt to the garden environment. Adopters are required to follow accepted procedures for the care of the old marble gravestones. Adopters are urged to do research at the Howard County Historical Society on the person/family buried in their section.
Donations for Plant Sale
We invite your donations of your extra garden perennials and small shrubs to be delivered to Whipps Cemetery (3651 St. John’s Lane and place behind Acuba near parking pad). Please bring -- potted up and labeled --what ever lovely plants you have just a few too many of in your gardens. Your plants will be happily bought by other gardeners at reasonable, even, we've been told, LOW prices. We just want to share with others -- and also make a little money to keep the Whipps Garden Cemetery growing and glowing. For more details, email.
Eagle Scout Projects
Inquire today if you are interested in doing an Eagle Scout project. Past Eagle Scout Projects
The tenth annual Whipps Daffodil Day takes place from 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3651 St. John's Lane, in Ellicott City. Daffodil Day will feature horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners in the Park’s Woodland Theatre.
Potted daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and Virginia bluebells will be sold. There will be a raffle.
Refreshments will be served. Entertainment. Free Admission. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Whipps Cemetery, a non-profit organization. The Howard County Master Gardeners will be on hand to help answer your plant and gardening questions.
Whipps Plant Sale
Friday May 19 & Sat, May 20, Ellicott City’s only public garden-park, run entirely by volunteers—the Whipps Garden Cemetery—will hold its annual fund-raiser Plant Sale from 8 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m at the First Lutheran Church at corner of Chatham and Frederick Road in Dunloggin. The Whipps plant sale will feature many unusual and hard-to-find varieties of native and cultivar perennial flowers , including many butterfly, shade-loving, rain garden and deer-resistant plants. The added attraction this year will be a donation of many certified day lilies, donated by the Ellicott City day lily grower. We will also be sharing some of the cuttings from our Whipps’ gardens. This is a new feature we want to share with the public. We also invite you to share any extra garden plants/ Many plants have been grown and maintained by the Master Gardeners as well as local garden nurseries. All proceeds from the annual plant sale go for the up-keep of the one-acre Whipps garden-park, and fund such projects as keeping fresh wood chips on all of the pathways, signage for trees, shrubs, and selected perennials. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help answer your plant and gardening questions.
Weeding, mulching, planting, and general nurturing of the garden is done by Master Gardeners and other community volunteers, including two garden clubs—Cross Country and Branch and Twig. Those who maintain the park welcome additional volunteers, including student groups and families, who would like to “adopt” a small area to care for. Volunteers work every Thursday from 9 until Noon, weather permitting, March through October.