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HISTORY OF THE SUSSEX GARDENERS

1937                  Nassau Garden Committee organized with eight members.

1939                  Nassau Garden Group Reorganized with twenty-four active members.

1947                  Nassau Garden Group renamed Sussex Gardeners.

1947                  Sussex Gardeners held their first Standard Flower Show.

1948                 All Day Greens Meeting held in basement of Rehoboth Methodist Church to make wreaths.for churches, homes,

                        and members.

1954                 Garden Therapy Project at Stockley Hospital began.  The project continued for over the next fifty years.

1958                  Sussex Gardeners joined the newly formed Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs.

966                  Sussex Gardeners printed the Delaware Wildflower Book.

1987                  Sussex Gardeners celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

1994                 Sussex Gardeners decorated the dining room at the Governor’s Mansion for the holidays.

1997                 Elva Davidson was elected as the first Sussex Gardeners member to be President of DFGC.

2001                  “Yummm” cookbook was produced as a special fundraising project.

2009                  “Saluting our Police” garden completed at DE State Police Troop 7, Lewes.

2014                 Sussex Gardeners created and dedicated a Memorial Garden

2017                  Sussex Gardeners celebrated their 80th Anniversary

 

 

SUSSEX GARDENERS OBJECTIVES

 

To bring together, through membership in the organization, the members of the community who have a genuine

interest in gardening and related skills.

 

To study and advance the fine art of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture.

 

To aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources.

 

To promote the educational aspect of gardening in youth groups.

 

To further garden therapy programs.

 

To encourage civic beautification.

 

To cooperate and assist in the objectives of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs (DFGC), the Central Atlantic

Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc. (CAR-SGC) and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC).

 

2019-2020 Monthly Programs

SEPTEMBER

 

September 19, 2019, 1:00 pm:  All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall

Sussex Gardeners’ Officers and Committee Chairmen ~ “Welcome  Club Members”

The 2019-2020 Sussex Gardeners’ Board of Directors and Committee Chairmen welcome members to a new membership year by introducing themselves and the projects for the 2019-2020 year.  As part of the planning for the next fiscal year, the budget will be presented for membership approval during the business meeting.  The program will focus on promoting the Objectives of the club, according to the Bylaws, and describing the opportunities and responsibilities for the various committees.  Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how to participate in the various activities of the club.  Bring your ideas and enthusiasm!

Hostesses:  Betty Lou Suter, Pat Torelli, Myra McCormick, Carol Bystol, Mimi Peters

 

Floral Design:  Georgette Smith’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.

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September 11, 2:00 pm:  Garden Therapy at The Moorings at Lewes, 17028 Cadbury Circle. Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

September 13, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes. Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

September 14, 9:00 am:  Coastal Cleanup Day. Details may be found at https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/coastal-cleanup

 

September 26, 12:00 pm:  Friendship Lunch

Bluecoast Seafood Grill, 30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach

 

 

OCTOBER

October 17, 2019, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall

Jill Jackson ~ “Sharing the Good News About Today’s Youth!”

Sussex County 4H Extension Educator, Jill Jackson, will share with the Sussex Gardeners some of the activities, opportunities and fellowship that the 4H provides for the youth of Sussex County, Delaware.  We will learn about their participation in the Delaware State Fair, summer camps held at Camp Barnes, and the over 80 project areas they offer under the National 4-H Mission Mandates of Healthy Living, Civic Engagement and Science.  This youth development program offers something for everyone.  Not to be overlooked will be the dedication of their leaders.   Sussex Gardeners have agreed to financially help support the youth activities and the programs offered by the Sussex County 4H organization. 

Hostesses:  Kathy Ackerman, Nancy Katz, Beth Giacoma, Anne Lyons, Abbe Barbato

 

Floral Design: Marty Last’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.

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October 5, 10am – 4 pm:  Bake Sale at the Lewes Historical Society Fall Craft Fair.  Organized by Marylinda Maddi.

October 11, 10 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

October 24, 11:30 am:  Friendship Lunch                       

Palate Bistro, 19266 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach

October 24-25:  CAR-SGC Conference 2019, Arlington, VA

Hosted by National Capital Area Garden Clubs

 

NOVEMBER

 

November 21, 2019, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall

Judy Pfister ~ “Deer Resistant Native Plants For Your Delaware Garden”

A seminar to help the home owner understand the benefits of bringing native plants into your garden from an ecological and economic perspective with a discussion of specific Delaware native plants and their characteristics and care.  Discussion of specific native plants will focus on those with deer resistance that work well in a home landscaping while retaining ecological benefits for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. 

 

Hostesses:  Judy Naughton, Pat Monaghan, Elsbeth Wahl, Joan Boraski, Marty Last

 

Floral Design:  Betsy Hansot’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.
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November 14, 9:30 am: Sussex Gardeners Board Meeting at the
home of Janet Point.

 

November 8, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

DFGC General Meeting, November 20, 2019:
Program: “The Landscape Project at NGC Headquarters”
Presented by Gay Austin, NGC President, horticulture instructor, Master Judge, and active master gardener

Location:  The Outlook at Duncan Center, 500 Lockerman St., Dover, DE 19904

Host Club: Spade and Trowel Garden Club    

Registrar: Barbara Fletcher, 24332 Shufelt Rd., Seaford, DE 19973

(302) 629-4778, dfgcregistrar@gmail.com        

Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2019

 

 

DECEMBER

December 12, 2019, 10:00 am: Westminster Presbyterian Church**

301 King Charles Street, Rehoboth Beach

Sussex Gardeners ~ Holiday Decorations

Under the guidance of Chair, Carolyn Walsmith, Sussex Gardeners will continue its Christmas tradition of creating two hundred holiday nosegays that will adorn food trays for Meals on Wheels recipients during the holiday season.   In addition, members will be making wreaths for a number of public areas including the Rehoboth Library.  Please bring wire cutters, scissors, clippers and greens.  Members with skin sensitivities may wish to wear gloves.

Hostesses: Lois Gillespie, Cynthia Headman, Rose Canavan, Joan Flaherty  (desserts & beverages only)

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December 5, 11:30 am: Friendship Lunch

Victoria’s at Broadway Plaza Hotel, 2 Olive Ave, Rehoboth Beach

December 11, 2:00 pm:  Garden Therapy at The Moorings at Lewes, 17028 Cadbury Circle.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

December 13, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients. 

 

 

 

 

**   Please note the change in date, time and location

 

 

JANUARY

January 16, 2020, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall 

Susan Middleton ~ “Growing Healthy Houseplants”

To a gardener, a home is not home without houseplants.  Indoor plants can brighten a dark corner, while providing color, texture and interest to your rooms.  They also allow year-round access to gardening and can even clean the air.

Houseplants are simple to grow - they only have a few basic needs.  But to be a successful indoor gardener, you need to understand how the interior environment affects plant growth and how cultivation differs from growing plants outdoors.  Join Susie Middleton as she shares ideas on plant selection, and what you need to know to grow beautiful and healthy plants.

Hostesses:  Terri Rumble, Diane Foor, Joan Sundstrom, Judy Gallagher, Donna Fellows

 

Floral Design:  Mary Sue Colaizzi’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.

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January 10, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

January 23, 12:00 noon:  Friendship Lunch

1776 Restaurant, 4590 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach

 

 

FEBRUARY

February 20, 2020, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall

Wendy Aycoth ~ “Monthly Gardening Tips”

Wendy published a book, “Weeds, Worms and Wisdoms,” for gardeners last year and will give the club members tips from the book plus a few more tips not in the book.  She has been a Wedding Consultant/Coordinator, had her own bridal business for 27 years, taught horticulture at a Vocational Technical High School and has a wealth of floral and horticulture knowledge and experience.  She will be happy to answer any gardening questions.

Hostesses:   Nancy Tompkins, Joy Tomer, Joy Tomer, Jo Ferguson, Marty Last

 

Floral Design: Jane Rice’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.

February 14, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

February 13, 9:30 am: Sussex Gardeners Board Meeting at the
home of Janet Point

                                                                                                               

February 14 – 17:  Great Backyard Bird Count

February 27, 12:00 noon: Friendship Lunch

Summer House, 228 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

 

 

MARCH

March 19, 2020, 1:00 pm: Location To Be Determined 

Alice Mohrman  ~ “Gardening for Water and Wildlife”

Were you aware that Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, in Milford, DE, is a division of Delaware Nature Society, which is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation?  Alice Mohrman, DNS Education Coordinator, will share with us her passion for promoting a healthy environment through land preservation, wildlife protection and watershed stewardship.  Ask her about the Slaughter Beach boardwalk overlook, salt marshes and beautiful plants for beneficial insects.  

Hostesses:   Marylinda Maddi, Lisa Searles, Diane Hudson, Judy Pinsdorf, Willa Jones

Floral Design: Judy Pinsdorf’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table.

 

February 29 - March 8:  Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday”

 

March 11, 2:00 pm:  Garden Therapy at The Moorings at Lewes, 17028 Cadbury Circle.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

March 13, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

March 26, 12:00 noon:            Friendship Lunch                        

Crooked Hammock Brewery, 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes           

  

           

 

APRIL

April 16, 2020, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall

Terry Holman  ~ “Basic NGC Floral Designs”

Terry Holman’s program will be a novel presentation to introduce and entice you to floral art form.  She will present real time floral designing accompanied by a power point presentation.  Terry is an incredible flower show enthusiast and has been a NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge since 2010.  Her purpose in being a garden club member is to promote interest in flower shows and to grow exhibitors!

Hostesses:  Kate Renner, Susan Yerg, Carolyn Snyder, Betsy Hansot, Dianne Shawley

 

Floral Design:  Dianne Shawley’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the table.

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April 10, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

DFGC General Meeting, April 15, 2020:  

Program: “Sense and Sustainability”  The Inconvenient Truth That Our Planet is in Big Trouble.

Presented by Kirk R. Brown, National Outreach Coordinator, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

Location: Modern Maturity Center

1121 Forrest Ave., Dover DE 19904

Host Club: TBA

Registrar: TBA, dfgcregistrar@gmail.com

Deadline: Friday April 3, 2020         

April 23, 12:00noon:  Friendship Lunch                       

Gilligans, 134 W. Market St, Lewes

 

MAY

May 21, 2020, 1:00 pm: All Saints’ Episcopal Parish Hall 

Annual Sussex Gardeners Member Plant Auction

Plan early what you are going to bring to the members’ friendly auction!  We all NEED more plants and as gardeners we love to share some of the plants that we are growing.  We also love to BUY plants and shrubs!  The proceeds will help support our ongoing projects, such as garden therapy, Christmas nosegays and wreaths, donations to 4-H, scholarships, etc.  Start planning early what you are going to donate!  Will it be houseplants, containers, reference books, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials or a garden ornament?  Surprise us, but plan on attending and bidding on that special plant that you see at the auction!

 

Hostesses:  Debbie Quinn, Tish Klineburger, Diane Foor, Jenifer Hagy, Georgette Smith

Floral Design:  Mary Liipfert’s floral design will serve as the centerpiece for the refreshment table __________________________________________________________

 

May 8, 10:00 am:  Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

May 11-16:  National Garden Clubs, Inc. Convention, Milwaukee, WI.  More information at www.gardenclub.org

May 14, 9:30 am: Sussex Gardeners Board Meeting at the home of Janet Point

May 28, 12:00 noon:  Friendship Lunch

Clubhouse at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Millsboro

 

 

JUNE

June 18, 2020: Luncheon and Annual Meeting, 12 pm, 1776 Restaurant, 4590 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach **

Melanie Moser ~ “Amazing Gardens”

Melanie Moser is a landscape designer, master gardener, and artist.  She worked throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as a landscape architect before retiring to Lewes.. Melanie also taught related courses at the graduate level and is currently teaching at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes. We are fortunate to have such a talented and knowledgeable speaker in our area.

Hostesses:  Wanda Davis, Elva Davidson, Elaine Taylor, Kate Renner

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June 7 – 13: National Garden Week

 

June 10, 2:00 pm:  Garden Therapy at The Moorings at Lewes, 17028 Cadbury Circle.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

June 12, 10:00am: Garden Therapy at The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, 34382 Carpenters Way, Lewes.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

DFGC Meeting June 17, 2020:  

Program: “The How of the Wows”

Presented by Dr. James Harbage, Director of Horticulture and Conservatories at Longwood Gardens

Location: Executive Banquet & Conference Center,

205 Executive Dr.,  Newark, DE 19702

Host Club: TBA

Registrar: TBA  dfgcregistrar@gmail.com

Deadline: Friday June 5, 2020         

 

**   Please note the change in location

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SUMMER & FALL 2020

 

  • Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour.Docents and floral arrangements provided.

                             

  • The Adult Activity Center at Gull House, Garden Therapy.  Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

 

July 10, 10:00 am

August 14, 10:00 am

September 11, 10:00 am

 

 

  • The Moorings at Lewes, Garden Therapy.Bring garden flowers and greens if you have them to make flower arrangements with clients.

September TBA

 

  • Sussex Gardeners Board Meeting -

August 13,  9:30 am