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P.O. Box 1544

Seaford, DE 19973-5544

 

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www.seafordspadeandtrowelgardenclub.org

 

           2018-2019 Planned Activities

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

          NOTE:  Our first three general membership meetings will be meeting at 1:30 at the library due to a scheduling conflict with the main room.  You may enter at 1:00 to setup.  Read below.

September 2018

 

Board Meeting: September 4, 10:00 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library 

General Meeting: September 11, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. 

          Social Time, 1:30 p.m. (Note change in time). Hostesses: Mary Lynn Huberty, Pamela                      Gallamore, Joanne Whalen

Program:  2 p.m. - “All Things Hosta” presented by Vicki Thompson.

          Vicki has been a member of  S&TGC since 1999.  She is also a Master Gardener and a member of the American Hydrangea Society and the Delmarva and American Hosta Societies.                  Since her retirement from the Seaford School District in 1998, she has become an avid plant collector amassing nearly 400 varieties of hostas, approximately 150 varieties of hydrangeas and numerous other plants. 

 

Monthly Design Competition:  “Sunny Day Coffee Break” 

          Design Type:  Designer’s Choice - Creative Design (2017 Handbook, Pgs. 71-72). Fresh plant materials in shades of yellow arranged in a container associated with coffee, such as coffee mug, cup, pot, can.  Not to exceed 20” high, no less than 10”.  No accessories (ribbons, accent pieces, embellishments. Entries must be in place by 1:30 p.m. this month to be judged. Judges: Ruth Townsend and TBA.

 

Horticulture Judging:  Emphasis again will be on native plants, but any flower, stem or branch from your garden, or house plant may be entered. This month’s “Notable Native” is Maryland golden aster, Chrysopsis mariana. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

 

Local Trip:  Friday, September 14, 7 a.m. (Rain or shine)

 

A visit by car to Tilghman Island, Md., then on to Poplar Island by boat. Poplar Island was disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began restoration in 1998. Tour (with minimal walking) begins at 9 a.m. and returns at noon. Must be on dock at 8:45 to board. Must wear life jacket (provided). Snacks allowed--water recommended. Maximum of 24 people. Registration required. Lunch (on your own) at nearby restaurant.

Boat leaves Tilghman from 21548 Chicken Point Road, (410) 770-6500. Directions will be provided. Meet at Lowe’s at 6:45 a.m. for carpooling; depart promptly at 7 a.m.

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Green Sale Orders

 

Plan now to collect greens and take orders for the green sale, our major fund raiser, in December. Order forms available Sept. 11, due in November to Sandy Blackwell. Questions? Call Jim Zeigler, (302) 536-7356.  We are again working at the "Cheers" building off Route 13 in Seaford.

October 2018

           BLUE STAR MEMORIAL DEDICATION, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th

                        V.F.W. VIRGIL WILSON POST 4961, 11 A.M.

                       National Blue Star Chair, Andrea Little, will be present.

Board Meeting: October 2, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public
Library, 600 North Market Street Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: October 9, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library.

Greeter: Sandy Blackwell & Jim Zeigler

Set up: 1:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 2 p.m.


Social Time, 1:30 p.m. (Note change in time.) Hostesses: Tina Burket, Sandy Blackwell, Biddi Nixon.


Program: “Flower Shows 101” presented by Sharon Christopher.
          Sharon is a club member and Maryland Master Gardener. She will present flower show basics in preparation for our upcoming flower show in June. Sharon has chaired several flower shows for our club including one that earned a first place award from National Garden Club. We will learn how to make our show sucessful using the 3 P’s:
Planning, Preparing and Participating.


Monthly Design Competition: “Trick or Tree…t”
          Topiary Design – A contrived tree form having a visible trunk (plant or manmade) and embellished with cut plant material. Not to exceed 36” high, no less than 24” (2017 Handbook pg. 94). Halloween-themed design using fresh plant material. Tree form may be plant or manmade. Accessories permitted (ribbons, accent pieces, embellishments).
Entries must be in place this month by 1:30 p.m. to be judged.

          Judges:  Margaret Alexander, Mary Lynn Huberty and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

                             Pecan Sale - Order Now!
Orders being taken now for our fifth annual sale of fresh picked shelled pecans direct from
the grower in Georgia. One-pound bags are great for holiday baking, snacking and giving!

                               Christmas Workshop

                                            Monday, October 29, 2018
Club member Carol Owens will be leading a workshop to create ornaments to decorate the Christmas Tree at the Ross Mansion. Carol and her team create unique and special ornaments each year for the tree made from items from the garden or nature. Workshop
to be held at 10 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford. Please register so sufficient materials can be provided.

NOVEMBER 2018


Board Meeting: Monday, November 5, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market Street Ext., Seaford. (Date change due to Election Day.)


General Meeting: November 13, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Set up: 1:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 2 p.m.

Greeter: Sandy Blackwell & Jim Zeigler


Social Time, 1:30 p.m. (Note change in time.) Hostesses: Diana Spicer,
Carol Owens and Gwen Messenger.


Program: “Amaryllis Envy” presented by Dorothy Mears, who will lead a club project.

          A New Jersey “transplant,” Dorothy was a member of the Neshanic Garden Club for 17 years. Her interest in gardening started with the addition of a glass greenhouse to the Mears’ N. J. home in the early 1980s, where plants were protected from deer on
the adjacent Sourland Mountain Preserve. A Spade & Trowel Club member since 2010, Dorothy likes a succession of flowering plants and has a lot of flowering bulbs in the garden and plants in pots that come into the house and garage for the winter. Dorothy’s formal education has been in art and computers. She also has a passion for photography and has had several photographs published. 

 

Monthly Design Competition: “Fall in Line”
          Tubular Design (A Creative Design having a dominance of cylindrical components throughout.) Not to exceed 30” high, no less than 20” (2017 Handbook pg. 77). Fresh plant materials in autumn colors including conifers to incorporate the season. Use one or more tubular structures such as PVC pipe, hose or tubes to provide the cylindrical form. Plant material may be in or out of water. Accessories permitted (ribbons, accent pieces, embellishments). Entries must be in place this month by 1:30 p.m. to be judged.

 

Judges Diana Spicer, Wanda Davis and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Inkberry Bottle Gentian, Gentiana clausa. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

                            Local Trip - Eagle Watch

                                        Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Eagle Watch at Conowingo Dam.  Meet at Lowe’s parking lot at 7:45 a.m. to depart at 8 for Conowingo Visitors Center, 4948 Conowingo Road, Darlington, MD. Tour led by Zeeger deWilde, named 2010 National Volunteer of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


At least 170 species of birds have been observed and recorded at the dam. Visit www.harfordbirdclub.org/conowingo.html or

https://bellaremyphotography.com/2012/12/09/a-visitors-guide-to-thebald-
eagles-at-conowingo-dam.

DECEMBER 2018

 

                  MAJOR FUNDRAISING PROJECT:  GREENS SALE

                    REFER TO HANDBOOK, PAGE 11 FOR DETAILS

Board Meeting: December 3 - Brief session to be held during Greens
making at Cheer Starz Center. 25586 Business Park Drive, Seaford.


No General Meeting this month. All members are asked to help with
the Greens Sale. Details follow.


Hostesses for Greens Sale Luncheons
Day 1, Monday, Dec. 3 - Dotty Mears, chair; Karen Coffman, Sharon Christopher, Annie           Darden and Lettie Perry.
Day 2, Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Carol Kinsley, chair; Bev Hutton, Barbara Fletcher and Sue Ann         Backus.
To volunteer to help with food, for Dec. 3, contact Dotty Mears; for Dec. 4, contact Carol           Kinsley

 

MAJOR DECORATING PROJECT:  Governor Ross Mansion for the Holidays

                   See Handbook Page 11 for details.  December 5th at 1 p.m.

 

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                         "MERRY MAKING"          Annual Holiday Party!  

                     December 11, 2018, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                     Brew River Seafood House and Dock Bar, Port of Salisbury

                     502 West Main Street, Salisbury, MD 21801

                     Co-chairs are Jackie McPeak and Susan McCoy.

                     $25 per person (Cash Bar) - May bring a guest, $25

JANUARY 2019


Board Meeting: Wednesday, January 2, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600               North Market St. Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: January 8, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Set up: Noon.                      Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Greeters: Betty Grossmann and Eileen Marx.


Social Time: 12:30 p.m. Hostesses: Candee Logan, Wanda Davis and Mary Noel.


Program: “Picture Perfect,” presented by Carol Kinsley and Lisa Wile. Get tips on how to               take better photographs in your garden.
Club member and a Master Gardener, Carol has been taking photographs for newspapers             for 35 years. She will make suggestions about what to look for in your viewfinder                 before snapping the shot.

Lisa, Carol’s daughter, has begun a photography business, Elisabeth Ann Photography, in            anticipation of a second career when she retires from nursing. She has studied                    photographic techniques with experts and will share some of what she has learned.


Monthly Design Competition: “Farmers Market”
          Designer’s Choice - Creative Design (2017 Handbook, Pgs. 71-72) Fresh flowers, fruits and/or vegetables arranged in a basket. Designer’s choice of colors. Not to exceed 18” in any direction. Accessories permitted (ribbons, accent pieces, embellishments). Entries must be in place by 12:30 p.m. to be judged. Judges are Arrena Rafail, Pamela
Gallamore and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Winterberry Holly, Ilex verticillata.                See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

                           PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW FIELD TRIP

If interested, sign up for the March 7 bus trip to Philly.  "Flower Power" is this year's theme.

FEBRUARY 2019


Board Meeting: February 5, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market             St. Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: February 12, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Set up: Noon.                  Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Greeters: Betty Grossmann and Eileen Marx.


Social Time: 12:30 p.m. Hostesses: Bev Hutton, Nancy Hickman and Judy Kohlenberg.


Program: “How to Create a Garden Journal” presented by Karen Coffman. 

          Karen has been a member of the Spade & Trowel Garden Club since 2013 and has been keeping a garden journal for several years. She said, “It has helped me keep all of my plants organized and labeled (especially when moving). I use it to plan and lay out all of my new gardens, keep track of the progress of my plantings from season to season, and year to year. Works well for veggie gardens, too! It is also a great tool for the next time you pick out your horticulture samples for the next meeting or for the flower show. I find it a valuable tool that everyone could benefit from. So let’s get those gardens organized!”


Monthly Design Competition: “Love is in the Air”
          Hanging Design – A creative design suspended and freely moving. (2017 Handbook pg. 93). Mobile and able to be viewed from all sides. Fresh plant material in Valentine colors may be in or out of water. Accessories permitted (ribbons, accent pieces, embellishments). Means to suspend will not be provided. Entries must be in place by
12:30 p.m. to be judged. Judges are Mary Noel, Sandy Blackwell and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is the White Oak tree, Quercus alba. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

                                    Canning & Preserving Workshop

        Thursday, February 21, 2019, To be held at the home of Sharon Christopher

MARCH 2019

              Philadelphia Flower Show Field Trip - Thursday, March 7th


Board Meeting: March 5, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market                 St. Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: March 12, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Set up: Noon.                       Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Greeters: Ruth Townsend & Jim Zeigler.


Social Time: 12:30 p.m. Hostesses: Betty Johnson, Mariellen Leonhartt and Sandi Dew.


Program: “Wild and Crazy Designs,” presented by Dottie Howatt (invited), former                           president of DFGC and alternate director, CARSGC. Be inspired for a design for                 our flower show in June!


Monthly Design Competition: “Spring Sparkles”
           Reflective Design – A Creative Design containing reflective materials giving back images of light to the viewer. (2017 Handbook pg. 75) Fresh plant materials in solid color container. Staging in front of or on a mirror NOT acceptable. Accessories are permitted (ribbons, paper, glass, accent pieces, embellishments). Entries must be in place by
12:30 p.m. to be judged.

Judges are Sharon Christopher, Biddi Nixon and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Native honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

APRIL 2019


Board Meeting: April 2, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St.               Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: April 9, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library

          Set up, Noon. Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Greeters: Ruth Townsend and Jim Zeigler.


Social Time: 12:30 p.m. - Hostesses: Tina Burket, Ruth Townsend and Arrena Rafail.


Program: “Planter Workshop” presented by Sharon Christopher.
           Sharon will lead this workshop in which we will each create a planter that can be entered in the club project section in our upcoming “The Birds and the Bees Flower Show” on June 21. This will be fun and easy so everyone can participate. Please bring a 6” to 8” pot. Plants and potting media will be provided by the club.


Monthly Design Competition: “April Showers”
           Underwater Design (A Creative Design having component/s including some or all plant material, submerged in water to create interest.) (2017 Handbook pg. 79) All or part of the plant material must be visible underwater. May not be merely a stem carrying water to the bloom above water. No accessories permitted. Entries must be in place by 12:30 p.m. to be judged.

Judges are Karen Coffman, Lettie Perry and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Common blue violet, Viola sororia. See Page 17 for details on horticulture entries.

                                                PLANT AMERICA

Get your gardening catalogs and participate in Nancy Hargroves, president of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., signature project.  PLANT AMERICA!

MAY 2019


Board Meeting: May 7, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St.              Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: May 14 Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. 

         Set up: Noon. Meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Greeters: Ruth Townsend and Jim Zeigler.


Social Time: 12:30 p.m. - Hostesses: Eileen Marx, Anita Reich, Melissa Fehrer and Faith             Ewen.


Program: “Summer Bulbs and Tubers” presented by Dave Dowling (invited), sales and marketing manager at Ednie Flower Bulb of New Jersey. Dave is president of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and a former grower himself.


Monthly Design Competition: “The Littlest Things”
           Petite Design – A Creative Design ranging from 3” to 12”. Any additional staging provided is considered part of the height requirement (2017 Handbook pg. 73). Fresh plant material in a container not to exceed 5” in any direction. No accessories permitted. Entries must be in place by 12:30 p.m. to be judged.

Judges are Joanne Whalon, Pamela Gallamore and Candee Logan.


Horticulture Judging: This month’s “Notable Native” is Jacob’s ladder, Polemonium

                  LOCAL TRIP - Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek

               Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Lunch 11:30 at Blue Water Grill, Millsboro

JUNE 2019

 

                               NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK - JUNE 2-8

                     Tentative:

                                  "THE BIRDS AND THE BEES"

                                          NGC Standard Flower Show

                                        Friday, June 21, 2019, 2-5 p.m.

                                              Seaford Public Library


Board Meeting: June 4, 10 a.m. Allen Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St.              Ext., Seaford.


Annual Meeting will be held June 11 at a picnic luncheon and installation of officers at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Lettie and John Perry, 130 Village Drive, Seaford (in River’s End.)

 

Bring a lawn chair and a covered dish (sides, salads or desserts). The club will provide
entree and beverage.

 

Hostesses: Lettie Perry, Karen Coffman, Sharon Christopher and Annie Darden.


There will be no monthly design competition or horticulture judging.

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