MONTHLY MEETINGS

 

September 2, 2022 - October 7, 2022 - November 4, 2022 - January 6, 2023 - February 3, 2023 - March 3, 2023 - April 7, 2023 - May 5, 2023 - June 2, 2023

September 2022


Board Meeting: Friday, Sept. 2, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 13, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Flower Show entries due by 1 p.m. Social Time 1:00 p.m. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Hostesses: Lisa Crites, Susan Jester
and Carol Kinsley.


Program: “Fall Wreaths” — Susan Jester will demonstrate creating a fall wreath. A new member of Spade & Trowel Garden Club, Susan created wreaths as a hobby until she retired. After retirement, she began taking custom orders for special occasion and seasonal wreaths.


Be sure to take home a witch’s hat for next month’s design!


Monthly Flower Show
Design: “Little Treasures” – A petite design of designer’s choice ranging from 3” to 12” in size. Staged in a space appropriate to design not to exceed 14” in length, width, or height. See guidelines Page 9.


Horticulture
Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” or any container plant,
container not to exceed 12” inside diameter. See guidelines Page 9.

Photography:  None this month, but plan to enter fall photos in January.

 

OCTOBER 2022


Board Meeting: Friday, Oct. 7, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext., Seaford.


General Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 11, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Flower Show entries due 1 p.m. Social Time 1:00 p.m. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Hostesses: Teresa Blades, Bev Hutton and Noreen Donahue.


Program: “Gathering Greens” presentation by club member Carol Kinsley on the types of evergreens typically used to make wreaths, swags, mounds and centerpieces for the club’s annual greens sale.
Carol will share how to choose healthy material, cut it to length, keep it fresh and where to deliver material on the grounds on Ross Station. Having gardened in four states, Carol has been a club member since 2008. She is current president of Sussex County Master Gardeners.


Sharon Christopher will demonstrate parallel design for next month. Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Get Witchy”- A decorated witch’s hat. Some plant material, either fresh or dried, must be used. Club to supply hats at the September meeting. See guidelines Page 9. 

 

Horticulture: Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” or any container plant, container not to exceed 12” inside diameter. See guidelines Page 9.


Photography
None this month, but plan to enter fall photos in January.

 

NOVEMBER 2022


Board Meeting: Friday, Nov. 4, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                        Seaford.


General Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 8, Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library. Flower Show entries due 1 p.m.

Social Time 1:00 p.m. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Hostesses: Susan McCoy, Carol Johnson and Wanda Davis.


Program: “Quality Control” — Program: “Quality Control” — Club President Mary Noel will review and design various products offered at the green sale along with information about what is required for
consistent size and quality. Mary has been a club member since 2006 and is in her second term as president. Her family had a florist shop, so she is quite experienced in floral work.


Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Line Up”- A Parallel Design consisting of three or more groupings of plant material and optional components with a strong parallel placement in a single container. A demonstration of this design
was presented at the October meeting. See guidelines Page 9. 

 

Horticulture:  Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container.


Photography:
None this month, but take photos of “Fabulous Fall” for January.

Two-Stop Bus Trip • November 29, 2022


Enjoy a bus trip to Winterthur (former home of Henry Francis du Pont). Includes exhibition, “Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. duPont: From Winterthur to the White House.” May need masks.After lunch at Pavilion Cafe, we head to Longwood Gardens to enjoy Yuletide gardens and light displays, with dinner in cafe garden.
Bus ride is discounted for members. Admissions estimated at $55. Members pay $75; guests pay $105. Meals are not included.
Meet at Lowe’s parking lot to board bus leaving at 9 a.m. We will leave Longwood for home at 8 p.m., arriving about 10:30 p.m. Seating aboard 23-passenger bus is limited. Register early!

DECEMBER 2022


No Board or General Meeting this month.

All members are asked to help with the Greens Sale. Details are on Page 13.
Annual Holiday Party will be held at noon on Dec. 14 at Abbott’s Grill, 111 Delaware Ave, Laurel. Cost is $20 for club members and $30 for guests. Club will pay the balance. Special guests are being invited in appreciation for all the help these men give the club: Tom Fletcher, Don Johnson, John Kinsley and Gary Gallamore.

In lieu of a gift exchange, please bring non-perishable food items to be taken to the food bank at St. John United Methodist Church in Seaford.
Carpool from Lowe’s leaving at 11:30 a.m.

JANUARY 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, Jan. 6, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                           Seaford.
General Meeting: Jan. 10, 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: Pamela Gallamore, Margaret Alexander and Sandi Dew.


Program: “Vegetable Gardening” — Christine Justice will discuss produce gardening — planning, starting seeds, preparing soil, etc. A Seaford native with 14 years professional horticultural experience, she has worked in various botanical settings including university internships, greenhouses, garden centers, landscaping and the
Philadelphia Flower Show. Christine is the Ag Teacher at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club where in 2022 she started a “kitchen garden” with 50 raised beds to feed, teach and inspire students and staff. By August she had harvested 1,500 pounds of fresh produce.


Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Forgotten Beauty” – A design of designer’s choice using all dried plant material. See guidelines Page 9.


Horticulture:  Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container. See guidelines Page 9.


Photography: “Let’s Celebrate Fall” — Fall is a time for Mother Nature to take a rest before winter sets in. Any photograph interpreting theme in your choice of one or two of the following classes: Pumpkins/
Gourds; Birds; or Flowers. See guidelines, Page 9.

FEBRUARY 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, Feb. 3, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                        Seaford.
General Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 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: Nancy McAdams, Tammy Baker and Barbara Fletcher.


Program: Ashley Kennedy will give a “tick talk” about ticks, lyme disease and other related insect control issues. Ashley is the State Tick Biologist for Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. In this role she manages the statewide tick surveillance program and helps to educate the public about tick safety.
She received her master’s and doctorate in entomology and wildlife ecology from the University of Delaware and completed a fellowship in Tick Borne Disease through the Army Public Health Center. Ashley has also done research at John Hopkins University, the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and Smithsonian
Conservation Biology Institute.


Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Prim and Proper” – A Traditional Mass Design. See Page 9 for guidelines.


Horticulture:  Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container. See guidelines on Page 9.


Photography:  None this month. Take photos of “Early Spring” for March.

MARCH 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, March 3, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                       Seaford.
General Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 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: Lori Lynch, Pat Bonniewell, Peggy Breeden.


Program: “Food Safety” - A review of safe food handling procedures, interpretation of expiration dates and sell-by dates on food containers will be given by a speaker from Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP), through the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service..


Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Bon Appetit” – A Table Setting for One. The decorative unit should be in proportion to the one place setting. See Page 9 for guidelines.


Horticulture:  Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container. See guidelines Page 9.


Photography: “Early Spring” — What’s in the garden at the end of winter? Any photograph interpreting theme in one or two of the following classes: Snow; Winter Birds; New growth in the garden. See guidelines, Page 9.

Local Trip • First Week in April
Lewes Tulip Festival offers tours, plant and flower sales, floral demonstrations and art exhibits the first two weeks in April. Some 26,000 bulbs have been planted. Details TBA, but transportation will be by car pool, leaving from Lowes.  Lunch location (on your own) yet to be determined.

APRIL 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, April 7, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                        Seaford.
General Meeting: Tuesday, April 11, 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: Betty Grossmann, Dotty Mears and Sandy Blackwell.


Program: “Get Ready for a Flower Show!” Sharon Christopher will prepare us for a Small Standard Flower Show to be held June 6, 2023. 

 

Monthly Flower Show


Design: “Anything Goes” – A design of designer’s choice. See guidelines Page 9.


Horticulture:  Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container. See guidelines Page 9.


Photography:
None this month. Take photos now for “Simply Spring” in May.

MAY 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, May 5, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                        Seaford.
General Meeting: Tuesday, May 9, 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: Lettie Perry, Karen Coffman, Annie Darden and Sharon Christopher.


Program: “Herbs from the Ground Up” featuring growing herbs and making herb vinegars as well as other projects using herbs. Speakers will be Sussex County Master Gardeners Emily Peterson and Susan Trone. Emily has been a Master Gardener since 1999 and belongs to several herb clubs. She enjoys cooking almost as much as she loves gardening. Susan moved to Sussex County two decades ago and became a Master Gardener in 2009 when she retired the first time.


Monthly Flower Show


Design: What’s in Your Garden” – A design using plant material that could be in bloom in your garden (or your neighbors’) in the month of May. (Material may be purchased.) See guidelines Page 9.


Horticulture: Any cut specimen, maximum length 30” staged in a clean clear container. See guidelines Page 9.


Photography: “Spring Has Sprung” — Any photograph interpreting theme in one or two of the following classes: Birds/insects/Critters;Spring Flowers; Flowering trees/shrubs. See guidelines Page 9.

Flower Show • June 6

Our club will hold a Small Standard Flower show at the Ross Station Event Center on June 6. Set up is June 5. Volunteers are needed to create designs to enter, and horticulture entries will be needed. Volunteers also will be needed to help set up and clean up, receive entries, serve as clerks and help in many other ways. Details TBA. Sharon Christopher chairs this effort.

JUNE 2023


Board Meeting: Friday, June 2, 10:15 a.m. Woodruff Room, Seaford Public Library, 600 North Market St. Ext.,                                        Seaford.
General Meeting/Annual Picnic: Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 p.m., home of Mary Noel, 18272 Progress School Road, Bridgeville. Hostess: Betty Jean Johnson


Program: “Picnic” Entree will be provided by the club. Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair. A brief business meeting will include installation of officers. For a fun “Brown Bag Make-and-Take” contest, bring a container and flowers from your garden in a brown bag. Participants will choose a bag, then create a design with the
contents to be judged before being returned to person who brought it.