Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs

President:  Connie Raymond

111 Pennwood Drive

Dover, DE  19901

Central Atlantic Region

Director:  Gail Corle    

9956 William Penn Road

Imler, PA  16655

National Garden Club, Inc.

President: Gay Austin

4401 Magnolia Avenue

St. Louis, MO  63110


President – Lisa Arni

Lisa was the founder of GBTS Garden Club in 2004.  She is an accredited National Garden Club flower show judge, Certified Sussex County Master Gardener, and former President of Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs.   Over the years with GBTS and other garden clubs in PA, she has served in every capacity from executive board to committee chair positions.


Vice President – Nancy Hoffman

Nancy Hoffman has been a member of Gardeners By The Sea since 2012.  She soon jumped into various roles in the club, including Recording Secretary and Hospitality Committee Chair.  In addition, Nancy worked with other members of the special committee created to honor the 10th Anniversary of GBTS. She currently is a member of both the Hospitality Committee and Garden Therapy Committee, demonstrating her ongoing involvement with the garden club members and its outreach to others.  She came to GBTS from the Hagerstown, Md. Garden Club.  Nancy attributes her love of gardening to her father, an avid vegetable gardener until the age of 93.

Treasurer – Carolyn Clipp

Carolyn is new to the garden club experience but is a life-long gardener. She learned plant names and gardening techniques from her mother as she helped tend a large vegetable garden, a rose garden, and a diverse perennial border. She has vivid memories of picking caterpillars off the broccoli, but also eating strawberries and raspberries directly from the patch and gathering roses, liatris, lisianthus and more for bouquets. She moved full time to Bethany Beach in 2001 and has been creating beds, propagating hydrangeas, redesigning landscaping and consequently moving plants large and small as she did in her previous home in Gaithersburg, MD. She is retired from retail banking, relishing the free time for gardening, her grandchildren, and for boating with her husband at the helm of their pontoon boat on Indian River Bay.

Recording Secretary – Alva Hutchison

Alva has been a member since 2015.   She serves as our Club's coordinator for a home on the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour and was the Design Chair for our 2017 Flower Show.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles and Design from the UMD.  She worked as a buyer of designer clothing and was an executive with The American Cancer Society.  Alva was a former member of the Island Garden Club in Kent Island, MD where she learned to apply the principles of design to flower arranging.  Alva is currently serving her second term as the Membership Chair for the DFGC.

Corresponding Secretary - Rosemarie Kistenmacher

Living in the Bethany Beach area full time since 2010, Rosemarie has been involved with AARP and Lord Baltimore Elementary School.  She now devotes her volunteer time to Gardeners By The Sea and the South Coastal Library.  She and her husband travel extensively while maintaining a small garden attracting many birds at their Bear Trap townhouse. In addition, they garden with porch and deck container plants and landscape by the pond in the back of their home.

Parliamentarian – Bea Nelson

Bea transferred in 2018 from the Ye Accawmacke Garden Club in Onancock, Va, serving in many positions including the Environmental Chair, recruiting junior and senior high school students to send to summer camp at Virginia Tech for a week.  The club paid the campers’ fees.  Bea was also the three-time president of the Women’s Club of Accomack County as well as the Chair of the Town & Country Garden Group twice.  She retired from the Verizon Business Office.  Bea loves horticulture, gardening, flower arranging and traveling.  In her Delaware community, container gardening allows her to continue her passion for gardening.