Welcome to a New Member!

Sheila, Welcome to the Countryside Garden Club.

Sheila Papa (right in the photo) has joined our club on January 15.   Thanks to Tracy (left on the photo), an active member for encouraging her to join our club. Sheila is a member of Delaware Nature Society and interested in several activities such as Garden Therapy, Youth Projects, and Fund Raising. She will play an important role in vitalizing our club activities.DSC_0383

We are winners at 2014 CAR Conference


Countryside Garden Club received the “Environmental Concern Awards” in the small club category at the annual Central Atlantic Regional Conference held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino from October 26-28.  For more information on the activities of the CAR, visit the CAR homepage. This award was presented to a club for the “best effort to create awareness of the need to protect and/or conserve our environment. A program of “It’s ALL About Trees” encouraged club members to participate in community activities relating to trees. The program was initiated and managed by the leadership of Bill Baur. These activities included;

“Favorite Tree” presentation – 100% of members. These were educational in nature and there were no duplications

3 members attended the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s (DCH) “Saving Urban Trees”
1 member and her son attended DCH’s “Bare Root Tree Planting”
3 members helped at the Delaware Nature Society’s Middle Run Tree planting
2 members submitted entries for “Unique Tree”
1 member conducted a tree tour on her property for a Girl Scout troop and helped them earn their Tree badge
1 member conducted a tree tour on her property for Club members and offered saplings to members
Several members planted new trees on their properties
1 member was certified as a Tree Steward by the DCH
1 member organized a tree trimming group for his community
Several members participated in the Adopt a Highway clean up
Several members participated in the Red Clay Creek clean up

Bill Baur won four awards for his entries with his treasured succulent collections. Congratulations, Bill!

Wendy Aycoth Show and Winners!

On November 10, Hoe ‘N Hope Garden Club invited us to share this timely program today.  We totally enjoyed a lively demonstration on the creation of holiday designs by Wendy Aycoth, an advanced Master Gardener and a Master Judge with National Council whose work has been featured in an international floral magazine.  Wendy’s holiday designs were raffled off to those who were lucky enough to win.  Many of our Countryside Garden Club members won her wonderful creations.

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November Events

Wednesday, November 5 at 3PM: Board Meeting at Pat Boy’s home

Monday, November 10 at 9:30AM: Joint Monthly Meeting with Hoe ‘N Hope Garden Club at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE Nov2014MeetingReminder

Thursday, November 13 at 12:30PM: Tweed’s Gardening

Wednesday, November 12 at 9-11AM: CCA Gardening

Wednesday, November 19: DFGC November Meeting at Dover Down (oct 2014 newsletter-2).  We will have tables for fund raising sales.

Thursday, November 20 at 2PM: North Star Elementary School Fall Harvest Washing of Greens

October Meeting Reminder


LOCATION – BEREA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (entrance at the light opposite Sanford School in Hockessin)


-Bring your plant divisions, cuttings or houseplants for the fall plant exchange

-Bring donations of personal care items for the Christmas

Stocking project; gift cards are also welcome

-Bring horticulture to show or a gardening question to ask

-Remember your coffee mug (BYOM)

WHAT“Lights, Camera, BLOOM” – 2015 Philadelphia

Flower Show up close and personal with Alice

Bucher leading the discussion. Hear about this year’s

theme and how we can get involved exhibiting or

volunteering at the show.

 WHEN: October 16, 2014

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee, Refreshments and Social (BYOM)

9:00 – 10:30 Business meeting

10:30 – 12:00 Program

Plant exchange follows the program

WHERE Berea Presbyterian Church       

957 Old Lancaster Pike

Hockessin, DE 19707   239-7631

HOSTS     Joanne Deaton and Pearl Mead

Please call Joanne or Pearl if you are unable to attend the meeting; otherwise plan to arrive promptly so we can begin on time.

Reminder: Saturday, October 18th is “Imagine a Litter Free Delaware Day” and DE is counting on our support to help make our state more beautiful. Come out and help us clean Brackenville Road, our Adopt-A-Highway fall activity coinciding with this statewide event. Meet at 9AM in the Ashland Nature Center parking lot for distribution of vests, bags and sticks then group drop off along Brackenville between Rt. 41 and 82. We finish up by 11 AM. Please sign up at the meeting!

Dear Countryside members,

Listed below are some of the items needed for our Christmas stocking project for Friendship House. If you have other suggestions or ideas about items to be included please let us know. Also gift cards from Walgreens were suggested because there is a Walgreens within walking distance to Friendship House. Gift Cards in amounts of $15.00 or less will also be included in the stockings.

If you have old Christmas stocking that you no longer use or want and they look good please bring them, nothing too big. New Christmas stockings would also be appreciated.

We hope to start collecting items at our October 16th meeting.

Some suggestions for full size items for Christmas stockings:

Toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, talcum powder, bath soap, bath gel, hair spray, hand cream, body lotion, lip balm, Q-tips and gift cards from Walgreens.

Thank you, Joanie

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