GBTS Community Projects
GBTS is dedicated to giving back to the community in Sussex County,
Delaware. We continue to look into new opportunities for the Club
to share their knowledge, skills, and love for gardening with members
of all ages in the community.
Every member of Gardeners by the Sea serves on at least one
NEW PROJECT -- Millville, Delaware
Blue Star & Gold Star Memorials & Garden
Mark you calendar now for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
Location: Evans Park in Millville, Delaware, 32517 Dukes Drive
Occasion: Dedication Ceremony for a Gold Star & Blue Star Memorial
INFORMATION POSTER printable flier to read and share
MILITARY HONOR ROLL FORM to enroll a veteran or active duty service member. Mail completed form and check made payable to Gardeners by the Sea to GBTS Treasurer, Mary Williford, 24900 Magnolia Circle, Millsboro, Delaware.
BEACH & BAY COTTAGE TOUR
Club members serve as hostesses for homes on the annual tour, explaining the environment and design to visitors. This event benefits Friends of the South Coastal Library, a non-profit all-volunteer fund-raising organization that was founded in 1988 to provide support for the services and resources of the library.
CHAIR: Ria Carraro
BLUE STAR MEMORIAL -- Bethany Beach, Delaware
Gardeners by the Sea partnered with VFW Post 7234 and the Town of Bethany Beach to honor all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with a Blue Star Memorial -- an ongoing project of National Garden Clubs, Inc. CHAIR: Judy Stuhl
The primary objective of this committee is to put a smile on the faces of people who receive residential care at Atlantic Shores Rehab & Health Center in Millsboro, Delaware, or seniors who participate in activities at the the Roxana CHEER Center. We do this by sharing with them the joy of flower arranging and other skills related to gardening. This committee meets monthly, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., October - June, except January, at the scheduled facility on the Wednesday prior to our GBTS meeting. CHAIR: Margaret Woda
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Club members assemble container plants to be presented to the new property owner upon the home dedication and welcome the new homeowner into the neighborhood. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. CHAIR: Eileen Quigley
Club members team together to create a theme for a holiday tree. All decorations and decorative elements (wreaths, ornaments, etc.) are handmade by the members. The decorated trees and wreaths are displayed at the Hospice facility and create an uplifting environment for staff, families, and patients. The decorations and trees are then sold by Hospice to raise funds. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. The location is Hospice of Delaware, Milford, Delaware.
Hospice Tree #1 -- CHAIR: Judy Stuhl
Hospice Tree #2 - CO-CHAIRS Linda Eaton and Audrey Young
LORD BALTIMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN
Garden club members maintain a section of the gardens to help in the beautification of the school. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. Location: Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE. CHAIR: Thea Chandross
OCEAN VIEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Garden club members support the Ocean View Historical Society by helping with their gardening activities on the grounds of The Coastal Towns Museum. We also make wreaths for the museum's Open House and participate in the Garden and Art Tour. CHAIR: Maureen Eisenhart
Garden club members plan and conduct plant sales to help fund these community service projects. These events provide the added benefits of spreading awareness about our club and our activities, which helps us to recruit new members and educate our neighbors in the community about plants that do well in this area. CO--CHAIRS: Brenda Wimperis, Barbara Ware, Steve Zimmerman
NOTE: Plant sales are held at Evans Park Community Center, 32517 Dukes Drive, Millville, Delaware 19967. Details about available plants, other garden-related items that will be for sale and the date and time of the sale will be posted in the ACTIVITIES area of this website under Community Events.