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GBTS Monthly Programs

Members and guests meet monthly, September -- June, for
light refreshments and a program presented by a local
expert on a gardening topic, followed by a business
meeting.
Guests may attend two meetings during the garden
club year without joining the club. (See map to the meeting
location on the
ABOUT page of this website.

SCHEDULE: 

Unless specified in the Program description

  • Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park,
    32517 Dukes Drive in Millville, Delaware.

  • Gathering: 12 -12:30 p.m.

  • Light Refreshments: 12:30 -1:00 p.m.

  • Program: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Business Meeting: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.​

2024 Programs

January 12, 2024

“The Spotted Lanternfly”

Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park

Talk on the harmful and preventive side of the Spotted Lanternfly will be presented by Katie Bielicki, graduated from the Delaware State University in Natural Resources and has continued gaining experience with DDA since 2018. She works closely with vineyards and orchards to help protect and provide guidance in dealing with the Spotted Lanternfly. She also works with the public to slow the spread.

HOSTESSES: 

  • Coordinator: Sallie Melvin; Coordinator: Audrey Young

  • Assistants: Pat Drizd, Sharon Iannacone, Jean Sewald, Mary Williford, Margaret Woda

WELCOME TABLE: Kathy Lesperance

HORTICULTURE MOMENTAgalinis pururea, Flase Foxglove by Anne Bendersky

PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE: Horticulture, Designs to Enjoy, Photography – Capturing the Moment
 

February 9, 2024

“Foraging Nature’s Bounty”

Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park

Presented by our own Ann Bendersky, Ann is a Master Gardener in Fairfax County, VA, supporting the Virginia Tech Extension Agent. Ann has been a member of GTBS since 2020.

HOSTESSES: 

  • Coordinator: Cathy Bowen

  • Assistants: Ann Bendersky, Maureen Eisenhart, Martha Gallagher, Kathy Lesperance, Anne McKinney

WELCOME TABLE: Jean Sewald

HORTICULTURE MOMENT: Dicentra spectabilis “Bleeding Heart” by Pat Drizd

PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE: Horticulture, Designs to Enjoy, Photography – Capturing the Moment

March 8, 2024

“Invasive Plants/Native Plants”

Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park

The lecture on Invasive Plants/Native Plants will be presented by Alison Webb Schweiger, who was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1985, while living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her last position was as event designer, planning the florals for weddings and other events. Upon retirement from the floral industry, she moved to the MD/DE coastal area and has transitioned her floral love into plants, particularly natives. She has worked with Inland Bays Garden Center for six years.

HOSTESSES:

  • Coordinator: Carol Bishop

  • Assistants: Marian Augustine, Maggie Baker, Christine Feher, Toni LaSorte, Kathy Leone

WELCOME TABLE: Karen Plis

HORTICULTURE MOMENT: Cyclamen by Carol Bishop

PRESIDENT'S MOMENT: Horticulture, Designs to Enjoy, Photography – Capturing the Moment

 

April 12, 2024

“Hydrangeas Love Our Sandy Soil”

Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park

Talk on hydrangeas will be presented by Cherie Dorfman, a founding member of our GBTS and a Master Gardener since 2001. Cherie will cover the different Hydrangea varieties, if they bloom on old wood or new wood, when to prune and how easy it is to propagate.

HOSTESSES:

  • Coordinator: Maggie Baker

  • Assistants: Marilyn Adams, Lisa Arni, Linda Eaton, Maryanne Green, Mary O’Neill          

WELCOME TABLE: Maureen Eisenhart

HORTICULTURE MOMENT: Chelone glabra “White Turtlehead” by Pat Drizd

PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE: Horticulture, Designs to Enjoy, Photography – Capturing the Moment

 

May 10, 2024

“Beekeeping”

Location: Millville Community Center at Evans Park  

Program will be presented by Steven Reese and Lizette Torres, who are “backyard-beekeepers” in Sussex County, DE and have kept bees since May 2020. They started beekeeping to support threatened pollinators and to be part of the fascinating world of honeybees. They both completed the “Heroes to Hives” Michigan State University certification course in 2022, the first step on the way to becoming Master Beekeeper. Steven and Lizette will discuss beekeeping basics, the importance of pollinators, and demonstrate some basic beekeeping skills. If the bees cooperate, they will introduce you to a demonstration hive and share some honey!

HOSTESSES:

  • Coordinator: Maureen Siegert

  • Assistants: Diane Baxter, Thea Chandross, Cherie Dorfman, Joan O’Day, Elaine Robinson

WELCOME TABLE: Kathy Leone​

HORTICULTURE MOMENT: New Varieties of Roses from Proven Winners by Alva Hutchison

PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE: Horticulture, Designs to Enjoy, Photography – Capturing the Moment

 

June 14, 2024

“End of Year Celebration”

Location: Brittingham Farms, 22518 Phillips Hl Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966

End of Year Celebration at Brittingham Farms, where we will visit fields of

lavender, sheep and a new distillery to make lavender oil with a shop to

purchase their products. Meeting Schedule and Details to follow.

HOSTESSES:

  • Coordinators: Barbara Ware and Jacqui Malizia

  • Assistants: Marybeth Besosa, Cherie Dorfman, Lonie Sculley, Steve Zimmerman

WELCOME TABLE: Kathy Lesperance​

Programs for September - December 2024 will be posted on or about August 15, 2024

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