"Enriching our lives by sharing our love for
the art of gardening with our community"
Pecans should arrive the first week of November so you will have them in plenty of time for holiday baking.
Greens Sale is under way. You can print an order form from the following files in WORD or PDF. All orders go to Sandy Blackwell, 302-629-7038 (H) or
(C) 302-542-3174. Sell, Sell, Sell ! Remember the only way we can fund the many projects the club sponsors is through the funds raised through our major fundraisers.
Board Meeting: November 5, 10 a.m. Starbucks, 23475 Sussex Hwy. Seaford.
General Meeting: November 12, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Flower Show entries due 1:00 p.m. Social Time 1:00 p.m. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Hostesses: Mary Noel, Wanda Davis, Candee Logan and Biddi Nixon.
Program: “Tri-State Bird Rescue” presented by Dr. Ray Bryant.
Ray spent 43 years in public education, retiring as a superintendent of schools. In 2014 he and his wife returned to Delmarva where they retired. Ray soon moved from advocating for children with disabilities to helping Tri-State Bird Rescue take care of birds with injuries. Since 2014, he has driven tens of thousands of miles and interacted with hundreds of birds. As a transporter team member, he is responsible for the transportation of injured birds to Tri-State in Newark. If the bird has not been captured, he, individually or with a capture team, rescues a bird with an injury. As a re-nesting team member, Ray is involved with returning to their nest raptors who have fallen out, or when a nest has been destroyed, he helps create a new nest and return the baby raptor(s) to the new nest. In 2015 Tri-State recognized Ray with the Fledging of the Year award, and, in 2017, the Volunteer of the Year award.
Monthly Flower Show: Design: “Harvest Time” - See Divison III, Section A, Class 3 of show schedule, Page 9. For Horticulture and
Photography, see Page 8.
Christmas Workshop - Thursday, November 14, 2019
Club member Mary Noel will be leading a workshop on how to make all the products offered in our December greens sale,
including wreaths, swags, mounds and centerpieces. New members, especially, are encouraged to attend. Workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at Mary’s house, 18272 Progress School Road, Bridgeville. Please register so sufficient materials can be provided.
Time to Collect Evergreens!
Please take time once your Thanksgiving meal is over to collect evergreens, especially colorful accent pieces, for the greens sale
in early December. Plan now to attend one or both work days. We need “all hands on deck” and have a job for everyone!
Greens Sale Dates and Procedures
November 30 & December 1, collect greens (see list below)
December 1, Sunday, Setup, Ross Station at Gov. Ross Plantation, 23669 Ross Station Road, Seaford. 1 p.m.
December 2, Monday, Greens Workday, Ross Station, 9 a.m. Product Pickup 3-6 p.m.
December 3, Tuesday, Greens Workday, Ross Station, 9 a.m. Product Pickup 3-6 p.m. Clean up!
Location: Ross Station at Gov. Ross Plantation, 23669 Ross Station Road, Seaford, across the street from the Seaford Public
Library. Ross Station is the new building and has a new parking lot.
Bring a box to set your work on while designing, also gloves, cutters, large nail, a towel, a box for waste, etc. There are plenty of
jobs for everyone.
Morning coffee and snacks and lunch will be provided both days.
Chair for Monday’s food is Carol Kinsley. Volunteer hostesses are Annie Darden, Pam Gallamore, Bev Hutton, Robin Bowyer and Nancy McAdams.
Co-chairs for Tuesday are Teresa Blades and Linda Hallbrook. Hostesses are Mary Lynn Huberty, Robin Bowyer and Bev Hutton.
Customers will be called when their order is complete. Therefore, all components of an order (multiple items) will be created at the same time. Several people could work on an order if needed. The goal is to have the products be as uniform as possible, especially for the same customer.
Greens Sale Materials List
Preferred materials: blue spruce, boxwood, cedar, Douglas fir, euonymous, Fraser fir, holly (with berries), Leyland cypress,
magnolia, nandina (with berries), Scotch pine, white pine, winterberry and pine cones. We will need more than you imagine!
Please cut to usable sizes (no large limbs or branches). Maximum length 40 inches. Spray greens with water to keep fresh; deliver in plastic bags or containers if possible. Greens may be delivered over the weekend and placed in designated areas.
Major Project: Decorate Gov. Ross Mansion for Holidays
The Spade & Trowel Garden Club will decorate the Governor Ross Mansion and Christmas tree on Dec. 10, before our Christmas Party, in preparation for the Ross Plantation annual Victorian Christmas Dec. 12-15. The Mansion is at 23669 Ross Station Road in Seaford. Questions? Call Mary Noel, (302) 337-1054.
Get your gardening catalogs and participate in Nancy Hargroves, president of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., signature project. PLANT AMERICA!
**National Garden Club's Newsletter: Nov/Dec 2019
**CAR Review: April 2019
**DFGC February Newsletter
The objectives of "The Spade & Trowel Garden Club, Inc." are to bring together members of the community who have a genuine interest in gardening and related activities and to afford members an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences in growing plants and flowers, decorating with plants and flowers and to promote civic beautification.
The Spade & Trowel Garden Club, Inc., located in Seaford, DE, was organized in 1955 and became a member club in 1958. This year's theme is "Cultivate Gardens with Friendship." The club is part of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs, Central Atlantic Region and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Meetings and Location
The club meets the second Tuesday of each month (September through June) 12 p.m. - horticulture/flower show set up (if sheduled) must be set up by 1 p.m. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. there will be a social. At 1:30 p.m. there is a program. Meetings are held in the "Woodruff Room" of the Seaford Public Library located at 600 North Market Street Extension.
The board meets the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 10:10 in the "Allen Room." Any member may attend the board meetings and all officers and chairmen are encouraged to attend.
Interested in joining us? View the Membership Application form and/or contact Karen Coffman, 410-336-5236, and/or Sharon Christopher, 410-310-5994, and/or the webmaster, Jim Zeigler,
**The Seaford Spade and Trowel Garden Club is an active member of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce. and is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.