GBTS Community Projects

GBTS is dedicated to giving back to the community in Sussex County Delaware. We continue to look into new opportunities for the Club to share their knowledge, skills, and love for gardening with members of all ages in the community


Every member of Gardeners by the Sea serves on at least one committee.


Club members serve as hostesses for homes on the annual tour, explaining the environment and design to visitors. This event benefits Friends of the South Coastal Library, a non-profit all-volunteer fund-raising organization that was founded in 1988 that is dedicated to providing support for the services and resources of the library. CHAIR: Ria Carraro


The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a tribute to member of the U.S. Armed Forces. VFW Post 7234. It is located at the intersection of Route 26 and Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. This is a joint project of Gardeners by the Sea and the Auxiliary who financed this project and the Town of Bethany Beach donated the location for the placement of the marker. 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. 


Club embers volunteer to collect debris on community grounds which could be the beach, schoolyard, roadside, 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


Club members plan and lead projects with seniors on gardening or environmental projects that provide them with creativity, social activity. It also promotes movement which keeps seniors 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: TBD Date: once a month from September through June. CHAIR: Margaret Woda


Club members assemble container plants to be presented to the new property owner upon the home dedication and welcome the new homeowner into the neighborhood. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. CHAIR: Eileen Quigley


Club 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. The location is Hospice of Delaware, Milford, Delaware. CHAIR: Judy Stuhl


Garden club 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


Garden club members support the Ocean View Historical Society by helping with their gardening activities. These include an herb garden on the grounds of The Coastal Towns Museum and landscaping installed in 2020. Garden club members also make wreaths for the museum's Open House and participate in the Garden and Art Tour. CHAIR: Maureen Eisenhart


Garden club members plan and conduct plant sales to help fund these community service projects. These events provide the added benefits of spreading awareness of about our club and our activities, helping us to recruit new members and educating our neighbors in the community about plants that do well in this area. CHAIR: Brenda Wimperis, Barbara Ware, Steve Zimmerman

NOTE: Plant sales are held at Evans Park Community Center, 32517 Dukes Drive, Millville, Delaware 19967. Details about available plants, other garden-related items that will be for sale and the date and time of the sale and will be posted in the ACTIVITIES area of this website under Community Events when it is scheduled.  



Garden club members 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. CHAIR: Lisa Arni


Garden club members develop and present to children at Lord Baltimore Elementary science lessons 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. Date: from October to June. View a complete schedule for Youth Activities at Lord Baltimore Elementary in 2022-2023.  CHAIR: Pat Drizd