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Coastal Gardeners Programs 

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

JANUARY 16, 2023

Program: Ask the Arborist

Speaker: Jeremy Hager

Jeremy Hager is the founder of Coastal Plant Care in Ocean View, and has been an Arborist for 17 years. He is an ISA board certified Master Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor. He began his career in 2002 after graduating from Virginia Tech where he received his Master’s in horticulture and entomology. After working for a national tree care company, he envisioned a company that was rooted in the local community yet was able to provide the highest quality horticulture and arboriculture. Jeremy believes that every property deserves his time and attention and insists on providing recommendations and care plans that meet every client’s specific needs.



MARCH 20, 2023

Speaker: Stephen Pryce Lea, Director of Horticulture at the Delaware Botanic Gardens

Program Topic: Five Season Perennials


APRIL 17, 2023

This will be a Coastal Gardeners Membership MEETING ONLY, no program.

MAY 6, 2023

Field Trip: Bearhole Farms, Selbyville, DE

Cost: $30.00

"Fun with Container Gardens"  at Bearhole Farms.  You bring a container less than 16'' across, and they supply plants, soil and fertilizer.   Assorted snacks and beverages will be provided. We will receive a tour of the new Aquaponic Gardening area and the store where various vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and seafood may be purchased. For advance orders all year round, send email order in by Wednesday to Cindy at: The orders are available for pickup on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am.

MAY 15, 2023

This will be a Coastal Gardeners Membership MEETING ONLY, no program.



Field Trip: Charter bus trip to East Laurel Hill Cemetery and Chanticleer.

Cost: $75.00

Transportation: JOR-LIN bus departs from Millville Giant parking lot on Route 26 at 7:00 am with expected return at 6:30pm. Please bring your lunch and drink.

Gregg Tepper, Horticulturist, will lead our tour of the pollinator gardens, the rock garden and the historic 1836 Medallion Garden at East Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia PA which sits on 74 acres and overlooks the Schuykill River.  After lunch on the grounds, we will travel to Chanticleer, a beautiful 35 acre colorful and contemporary garden within an historic setting in Wayne PA.  Sign-up is in progress. Please send your check (payable to Coastal Gardeners) to Linda Barbour, Treasurer by March 1.

JUNE 17, 2023

This will be a Coastal Gardeners Membership MEETING ONLY, no program.

AUGUST 14, 2023


SEPTEMBER 18, 2023

Speaker: Carol Kinsley, Sussex County Master Gardener

Program Topic: Composting- Cultivating  Black Gold

Carol Kinsley is a Sussex County Master Gardener, and new president of the Spade & Trowel Garden Club. She is former editor of the Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper and still writes for The Delmarva Farmer newspaper after 43 years. She has been composting for more than 65 years. She will share components of a healthy compost pile and describe how to set up a variety of structures to contain your compost. Your reward: black gold!


OCTOBER 16, 2023 (to be confirmed)

Speaker: Luke Wingate, Millville Organic Center

Program Topic: Preparing Your Garden for Fall 

Luke Wingate is the Operations Manager, M.O.C for Millville Organic Center, LLC.  Luke holds a degree in Turf Management and a license in Nutrient Management. Luke will educate the group on the use of organic products in preparing Fall garden beds. 


NOVEMBER 20, 2023

Speaker: Matthew Harhai

Program Topic: Mushroom Foraging 

In January 2020, Matthew and his wife, Anmei, moved to Bishopville, Maryland from China. Once they settled, they decided it was a great time to pursue their dream to start a small farm. Underfoot, there was a crop being raised that rekindled a familiar pastime- hunting wild mushrooms – which became the seed of an idea to lead mushroom foraging classes in Maryland! They teach safe methods for identifying delicious, gourmet, medicinal mushrooms that grow all around the shore, along with the latest research, health benefits, fascinating anatomy and evolution.


DECEMBER 3, 2023

The Coastal Gardeners will celebrate the holiday on December 3, 2023 at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View Delaware. This year we decided on a Brunch from 11AM - 2PM.  The Country Farmhouse brunch includes scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, cinnamon French toast , fresh baked biscuits, crispy bacon and sausage, and many more treats too numerous to mention. This will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.  Check back for more details. 

DECEMBER 6, 2023

Field Trip: Bearhole Farms, Selbyville, DE

Topic: Holiday Wreath Making

Cost: $40.00

"Holiday Wreaths"  at Bearhole Farms.  The cost includes all materials to create your holiday wreath  Light refreshments will be provided but BYOB.  Cindy makes her own Bloody Mary mix if anyone is interested.

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