Gardeners by the Sea President’s Message:

Thank you!  I am honored to serve as your President!  I dearly love being a member of Gardeners by the Sea. Just the name of our Club reflects the joy of living by the sea and our love of gardening!

2020 is a year we will remember!  We never could have imagined the impact of the Covid-19 virus.  GBTS friends became ill and lost loved ones during this difficult time. Gardening was not cancelled!   For many of us, working outside in our gardens provides the most wonderful way to fill our days as we “stay at home”.  We nurture and watch each leaf bud form and admire each blossom and bloom.  I hope you are snipping and arranging the flowers and greenery to place in your home.  Pure JOY!

One thing we learned in 2020 is Life Is Different!  We dearly miss being together with friends to share and learn!  We are excited there is technology which allows us to come together utilizing ZOOM

It was disappointing to postpone The Language of Flowers, a Horticulture Specialty Flower Show.  Ellen, Judy and committee are busy planning for June, 2021.  Be alert to what is growing to enter in next year’s show!

As I write this, the format of our future meetings is still wait and see. Maryanne Green, your vice-president, has planned a wide-variety of programs for us, including optional workshops and field trips. It guarantees to be FUN!

Members Matter Most is the theme I have chosen for my Presidency.  I had the privilege to serve as the page for Gay Austin, our National President when she came to Delaware for the DFGC meeting in November, 2019. Gay uses this theme and reminds us that ACTIVE membership is the Key to Success!  Your Board is focused to learn more about you and what you want as a member of Gardeners by the Sea.  We want your love of Garden Club to blossom and grow!

I first joined a small Federated Garden Club on Kent Island when my neighbor Barbara Ware invited me to join. I was a stay at home Mom, with two young daughters.  I learned so much!  I have a favorite coral bells (heuchera) in my garden today which came from a member of that Club. Nearly forty years ago Ellen Klages gave me a division of her plant, which had been in her mother’s garden. Truly, a legacy!  Ellen passed her love of gardening and floral design to me.  Fast forward, a few years ago Barbara moved here and joined our Club!

I’d like to know how you were led to garden club.  How can we grow your love of GBTS?  What committees and projects interest you?  

In the words of our National President, “If we all share our passion for our organization, it will become a way for us all to bloom and grow together.” Please share the BUZZ about your garden club!  Our membership is open. Invite others to JOIN US!

Members Matter Most!  ACTIVE members are the key to our success! YOU are the key to our success!

Alva

abhutchison47@gmail.com

Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs

www.delawaregardenclubs.org

President:  Connie Raymond

111 Pennwood Drive

Dover, DE  19901

Central Atlantic Region

www.car-sgc.org

Director:  Gail Corle    

9956 William Penn Road

Imler, PA  16655

National Garden Club, Inc.

www.gardenclub.org

President: Gay Austin

4401 Magnolia Avenue

St. Louis, MO  63110