In the current COVID environment, the first 2 meetings will be held via ZOOM. The Corresponding Secretary will send link to ZOOM meetings to members and guests. GBTS is dedicated to giving back to the community in the Southern Sussex County Region in Delaware. We continue to look into new opportunities for the Club to share their knowledge, skills and love for gardening to members of the community of all ages.
NEW COMMUNITY PROJECTS:
Horticulture Specialty Show, "The Language of Flowers" with Garden Tour and Art
Description: This is a new NGC Flower Show category with emphasis on Horticulture.
Funds: Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer service hours
Community Benefits: Educates the Garden Club members and public about our Garden Club, horticulture and the plants that grow in the area.
Location: Ocean View Presbyterian Church, Ocean View, DE
Show Co-Chairs: Ellen Dowling and Judy Stuhl
Tour Co-Chairs: Maryanne Green and Connie Ryan
When: June 11, 2021 - Garden & Art Tour. 10am-1pm -tickets available. Plant Sale-for ticket holders 11:30am-1pm/June 12, 2021 - Flower Show open to public, free of charge 1pm-5pm/Garden & Art Tour-10am-3pm, tickets available/Plant Sale-11:30am-5pm
UPCOMING COMMUNITY PROJECT:
Beebe Healthcare Healing Garden, chaired by Maureen Eisenhart
Description: Members will enhance the Healing Garden with plantings and benches
Location: Beebe Healthcare, Rt. 17, Millville, DE 19967
Beach & Bay Cottage Tour - Members serve as hostesses for homes on the tour, explaining the environmental and design to visitors. The event benefits the Friends of the South Coastal Library which is a non-profit, all-volunteer fund-raising organization founded in 1988 and dedicated to providing support for the services and resources of the library. Chair: Ria Carraro. Open to all members. Date: July 28-29, 2021
Blue Star Memorial Marker- The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a tribute to the members of the Armed Forces who have defended the USA. VFW Post 7234, the Auxiliary and GBTS are the financial sponsors. The Town of Bethany Beach donated the location for the placement of the marker at the intersection of RT 26 and Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach. The Marker promotes the ongoing recognition and gratitude to the members of the Armed forces for their service. This is an NGC project for many years throughout the US. Chair: Judy Stuhl. Date: ongoing throughout the year.
Coastal Cleanup - Members volunteer to collect debris on community grounds which could be the beach, school yard, road side, etc. Creates a cleaner environment for residents and guests. Items collected are documented and data is compiled to help identify the source and to focus efforts on reducing or eliminating trash in the future. Funds are donated by volunteer hours. Chair: Thea Chandross. Open to all members. Date: TBD
Garden Therapy - Work with seniors on gardening or environmental projects that provide them with creativity, social activity and promotes movement which keeps senior’s active and involved. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. Garden Therapy is held at the Cheer Senior Center, 35070 Pyle Center Rd., Frankford, DE. Chair: Sandra Lopez. Date: once a month from September through June.
Habitat for Humanity - Members assemble container plants to be presented to the new property owner upon the home dedication and welcomes the new homeowner into the neighborhood. Funds are generated through club fundraising activites and volunteer hours. Chair: Eileen Quigley. Date: Throughout the year.
Hospice Tree - Members team together to create a theme for a holiday tree. All decorations and decorative elements (wreaths, ornaments, etc.) are handmade by the members. The decorated trees and wreaths are displayed at the Hospice facility and create an uplifting environment for staff, families and patients. The decorations and trees are then sold by Hospice to raise funds. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. Location is Hospice of Delaware, Milford, DE. Chair: Judy Stuhl. Date: December of each year.
Lord Baltimore Gardens - Members team together to maintain a section of the gardens to help in the beautification of the school. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. Location: Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE. Chair: Thea Chandross. Date: Fall and spring of each year.
Ocean View Historical Society - members work with the Ocean View Historical Society on their gardening needs. An herb garden has been planted on the grounds of The Coastal Towns Museum. GBTS members also make wreaths for the museum's Open House. On June 11 and 12th, 2021, the Garden and Art Tour will stop at the museum. Chair: Maureen Eisenhart. Date: Seasonal.
Scholarship(s) - Assist a student living in Sussex County Delaware and attending Delaware Technical Community College majoring in the agricultural field with a GPA of 3.5 or higher by providing financial assistance. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities. Chair: Lisa Arni. Date: Spring of each year.
Youth Program - Members develop and present science lessons to children supported by literature related to the topic, a craft or activity to reinforce the topic and journaling by the students. We hope to awaken within each student an awareness and appreciation of his/her habitat through exploration, discovery and hands-on experiences that promote caring for and protection of the habitat. Chair: Pat Drizd. Date: Once a month from October to June.