Garden club gets well decorated for the holidays

December 22, 2013 by  

The Basil Garden Club of Baltimore, about eleven miles from Lancaster, spent December 3 decorating the containers along Market Street for the holidays.

Club members filled the containers with holly, pine, spruce and pine cones, as well as berries, sticks, and poinsettias, all covered with silver and white glitter. The members’ efforts earned praise from local residents, who stopped to chat with them and thank them for beautifying the street.

A week earlier, club members had come to Lancaster to decorate the stairway of the Georgian Museum, which is an example of both Greek Revival and Federal style architecture. Daniel Sifford, a local builder, originally built the house in 1832 for Sarah and Samuel Maccracken. Today, the house has been restored to reflect the architecture and furnishings of the 20-year period (1832-1853) the Maccrackens were in residence.

The decorated stairway spirals up three floors, and is topped by a cupola allowing light into the entire house. The Basil Garden Club has been decorating the stairway for the last decade, on behalf of the Fairfield Historical Association. This year, decorators Lynda Williams, Ruth Coleman, and Linda Landis used evergreens and dried hydrangea to create swags for the stairway.

The club began in 1913 and is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month and visitors are welcome.

The Georgian could work with brochure printers to devise a mailer for area residents, featuring photos of the stairs and inviting them to come to the museum.