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.
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.
January 13, 2023
“PLANT AMERICA: PLAY OUTDOORS!”
Balance and Fall Prevention - Demonstration / Participation
Presented by Chelsea Bowman, Personal Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant
Our National President Mary Warshauer declared her theme to be "Plant America, Play Outdoors!" We gardeners "play outdoors," working in our gardens. Chelsea will lead GBTS members in a talk and demonstrate how to prevent falls in the home and garden. She'll be available to answer any questions that GBTS members may have about exercise, training and physical therapy.
HOSTESSES -- Coordinator Audrey Young. Assisted by Linda Eaton, Martha Gallagher, Marybeth Panic, Cindy Ream and Margaret Woda
WELCOME TABLE -- Kathy Lesperance
HORTICULTURE MOMENT -- Ladybugs with Alva Hutchison
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE --Horticulture: potted Amaryllis or any other potted plant. Design: Miniature (no bigger than 7" wide/deep/high), Vegetables fruits or designer's choice. Photography: Evergreens
February 10, 2023
“Bethany Beach Horticulture Team”
Lecture with Slides
Presented by Bethany Beach Town Gardeners Jessica Brittingham, Caitlin Ware and Edward Shikas
Jessica and Caitlin have earned their Associate Degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design through Delaware Tech. They started early in their lives, digging in soil and planting many varieties of plants and trees. Caitlin was a former recipient of the GBTS scholarship. Edward is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Master Gardener Program. He is especially fond of Ladew Gardens and organic gardening. All are employed by the town of Bethany Beach
The presentation will focus on seasonal planning and activities undertaken each year in Bethany Beach - beginning with the stunning tulip plantings, spring and summer activities and through to the town's fall plantings. Questions are welcome throughout the program.
HOSTESSES -- Coordinator Maureen Siegart. Assisted by Ann Bendersky, Cherie Dorfman, Kathy Lesperance, Jacqui Malizia and Eileen Quigley
WELCOME TABLE -- Jean Sewald
HORTICULTURE MOMENT -- Tools for pruning, trimming and planting with Pat Drizd
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE -- Horticulture: African Violet, Forced Flowering Specimen, Hellebore any other potted plant. Design: From the Heart, Mardi Gras, Designer's Choice, Photography: Snowy Day
March 10, 2023
"Gardening Without Pesticides"
Demonstration and Lecture with Questions and Answers
Presented by Susan Pleasanton
Susan will speak to us about using toxic-free home products in our gardens. She will teach us how pesticides are like antibiotics in the way that they serve to create stronger, genetically advanced pesticide-resistant pests and how, in the long run, it is not good for our environment.
HOSTESSES -- Coordinator Carol Bishop. Assisted by Maggie Baker, Carol Batson, Maureen Eisenhart, Joan O'Day and Kathie Verse.
WELCOME TABLE -- Karen Plis
HORTICULTURE MOMENT -- Agapanthus with Alva Hutchison
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE -- Horticulture: Daffodil, Camellia Japonica, and any other potted plant Design: Wearing of Green, Here comes Spring, Designer's Choice. Photography: Windy Day
April 14, 2023
"Vegetable and Edible Flower Cottage Garden"
Powerpoint Lecture with Questions and Answers
Presented by Anne Bendersky
Anne Bendersky is a Master Gardener with Fairfax County, Virginia, supporting the Virginia Tech Extension Agent. Anne has been a GBTS member since 2020.
Anne's presentation will suggest how we can combine vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers to form a cohesive and year-round cottage style garden.
HOSTESSES -- Coordinator Linda Kall. Assisted by Ellen Dowling, Sharon Iannacone, Karen Plis and Steve Zimmerman
WELCOME TABLE -- Peggy Ravida
HORTICULTURE MOMENT -- Lily of the Valley with Pat Drizd
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE -- Horticulture: Tulip, Daffodil, Dogwood, any other potted plant
Design: Springtime, For the Birds, Designer's Choice
May 12, 2023
"Photography in the Garden"
Powerpoint Lecture with Questions and Answers
Presented by Michele Walfred
Michele, a professional photographer and Communications Specialist at University of Delaware, will guide us on how to take the perfect picture when photographing flowers and trees in our gardens. She will share techniques and tips that she finds helpful and answer our questions
Please bring your camera or smartphone and wear comfortable walking shoes. We will step outside and try our hand at photographing specimens around the community center.
HOSTESSES -- Coordinator Sue Basile. Assisted by Marilyn Adams, Thea Chandross, Pat Drizd, Peggie Ravida and Judy Stahl.
WELCOME TABLE -- Kathie Verse
PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE -- Horticulture: Iris, Hosta, Pepona, Budding trees, any other potted plant
Design: Picnic for 2. "Here Comes the Bride" bouquet/boutonniere
June 9, 2023
"Mill Pond Garden"
A Local Field Trip
GBTS members will gather at 10 a.m. at Mill Pond Garden, 31401 Melloy Ct., Lewes, Delaware 19958
Owner Michael Zajac will give us a tour of his garden, which is a registered Botanic Garden --- the smallest public garden in the American Public Garden Association. Located in a quiet neighborhood on Red Mill Pond, we will see a koi pond, gazebo, frog pond, waterfalls, wildlife and beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers.
Lavender Fields is just a few miles away, if members wish to stop by on the way home!
Programs for September - December 2023 will be posted on or about August 15, 2023