President – Alva Hutchison
Alva has been a member since 2015 and served as our Secretary for 4 years before becoming President. She was the Design Chair for our 2017 Flower Show, coordinated volunteers for the Cottage Tour and enjoyed making ornaments for our Christmas tree for Delaware Hospice. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles and Design from the U of MD. She worked as a buyer of designer clothing and was an executive with The American Cancer Society. Alva first joined Island Garden Club on Kent Island, MD over forty years ago where she learned to apply the principles of design to flower arranging.
Vice President – Maryanne Green
Maryanne Green has been a member of the Gardeners by the Sea (GBTS) Garden Club since 2018. Upon joining, she was asked by then-President, Betty Bloomfield, to accept Historian responsibilities for the GBTS Club. In addition, Maryanne is currently a member of the Garden Therapy Committee, serves as Administrator for Facebook, and continues to volunteer in other areas of the Club. Maryanne took up gardening in 2013 under her husband's, Jim, guidance and direction when they retired to Ocean View, DE, from Alexandria, VA, after a 35-year Federal Government career. The Gardeners by the Sea Garden Club continues to expand Maryanne's knowledge and love of gardening, horticulture, flower arranging, and community outreach.
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 – Ellen Dowling
Ellen has always had a love of nature and plants, especially flowering ones. Being from Montana and now living in Delaware gives Ellen more year- round opportunities for gardens. She received her Floral Certificate from Longwood gardens before moving to the beach. Ellen volunteered there for seven years in the Children’s garden, making Christmas ornaments out of garden materials for Christmas displays at Longwood and in the vegetable gardens there. Ellen loves being part of the garden club and the like mindedness of the members.
Corresponding Secretary - Laura Martin
Laura has been retired and living in Millville since 2013. She serves as President of her Homeowners Association and has been a volunteer coordinator for the Bethany Beach Cottage Tour for several years. In addition to being an active member of the Gardeners By The Sea garden club, she enjoys book club, her two rescue dogs, travel, cooking and entertaining. She and her partner, Steve, spend many hours planting and maintaining small front and back yard gardens, deck and yard container plants.
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.