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
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
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
Club members volunteer to collect debris on community grounds which could be the beach, schoolyard, roadside, etc. Creates a cleaner environment for residents and guests. Items collected are documented and data is compiled to help identify the source and to focus efforts on reducing or eliminating trash in the future. Funds are donated by volunteer hours. CHAIR: Thea Chandross
Club members assist seniors with gardening or environmental projects that provide them with creativity and social activity. It also promotes movement, which keeps seniors active and involved. Funds are generated through club fundraising activities and volunteer hours. Garden Therapy is held at the Cheer Senior Center in Frankford, Delaware and Atlantic Shores Rehab and Health Center in Millsboro, Delaware.
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.