Coastal Gardeners Programs 

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The highlight of our garden club meeting is a program or workshop led by a local expert. 

October 18, 2021

Program:  Right Tree, Right Place

Speaker: Elizabeth Rives

Elizabeth is a certified naturalist, former environmental educator, and woody plant identification instructor for the Graduate School/Audubon Society’s Natural History Field Studies program (Washington DC area). She has given “Right Tree, Right Place” presentations to multiple area organizations in the DC, MD, VA, and DE area.


November 15, 2021

Program:  Lavender Fields

Speaker: Heather Sullivan, Chief of Farm Operations at Lavender Fields.
Heather will talk to us about her work at Lavender Fields and how she landed at the farm. She will bring selected items from the farm so we can do some holiday shopping.


December 13, 2021

Annual Holiday Party at Bear Trap Dunes Clubhouse, Ocean View from 6 - 9pm

January 17, 2022 (No Meeting)

February 21, 2022

Program: Native Deer Resistant Plants

Speaker: Judy Pfistar

Judy is an active master gardener in Sussex County, DE.  She has achieved her Master Educator status both in native plants and sustainable gardening with children.  As a master gardener, she coordinates the Sussex County Helpline, teaches classes on vermiculture, native plants, seed starting and seed collecting for native plants at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown


March 21, 2022

Program: Let's Jazz it Up! Designing a Spring Arrangement with Natural Elements

Speaker: Jan Poli

Jan Poli started her own company 30 years ago designing floral arrangements for weddings, events and private homes in NY, NJ and CT. In 2012, she relocated to the eastern shore and is currently the task leader for the Folly Garden and its surrounding beds at the Delaware Botanic Gardens. Jan says that creating with natural pieces is like a dance that carries her away to her own personal joy and love of beauty in nature.

April 23, 2022

Field Trip: A Day Trip to the Mt. Cuba Center 

Botanical Garden Day Trip to the Mt. Cuba Center, located in Hockessin, Delaware, near Wilmington. The day includes a private, docent led garden tour and a boxed lunch. We will learn the history of Mt. Cuba, have an introduction to ecological gardening, and view the seasonal highlights of these beautiful gardens.


May 16, 2022

Program: Best Organic Practices for a Healthy Garden

Speaker: Chantal Bouchard


June 20, 2022

Annual Coastal Gardeners Social Event

Social Event: Cape Water Tour

Tour departs at 6:45pm from 213 Anglers Road in Lewes. Parking is available.  Bring an appetizer to share and bring whatever you want to drink. Please sign up with Sally Scarangella if you are interested in attending this FUN event. 

September 19, 2022

Program: Dry Herbs Tincture Class

Hands On Activity Guided by Donna Buono (with assistance from Cheryl Quirk)

Those who participate will leave with a homemade dry herbs tincture.


October 2022 - date TBD

Field Trip:  A visit to STORY HILL FARM.

Native Delawarean, Helen Raleigh, will tell us her story how she changed her life to help save the planet! She will share how the Story Hill Farm team plants six acres of wildflower meadows for pollinators, saves heritage rare breed cows, and launches a small farm store of local goods with the hope of creating food security for our community!

November 21, 2022

Program: Houseplant Do’s and Don’ts

Speaker: Liz Nalle