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PLGC Programs  2018-2019

Sylvia Heidbreder

Ginger Esposito and Mary Williford 

Betty Baeschlin and Laurie Walsh

Gale Harley and Janet Parham

Programs are the highlight of our monthly meetings, which are held at 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month (September - June) at the Plantation Lakes Community Center. Each program features a local expert on a topic of interest to our members.


Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting, but should use the Contact tab in the header of this website to R.S.V.P. no later than the Monday before any meeting or event.

September 4, 2019 - Introducing our Committees

PROGRAM: PLGC President Marie Van Der Wall will introduce 2019-2020 Committee Chairs, who will share with us how their committee activities will support the interests of our members and the objectives of Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs (DFGC) and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) throughout this garden club year.

October 2, 2019 - Aquaponic Growing

PROGRAM: Cindy Stevens, owner of Bearhole Farms, will show us how the marriage of aquaculture and hydroponics results in fish and plants growing together in one integrated system. Additionally, that waste from the water can be used to fertilize other crops and gardens.

November 6, 2019 - Our Salute to Veterans

PROGRAM: Our Salute to Veterans Co-Chairs Margaret Woda and Gale Harley will instruct and guide members and guests in making two or three small patriotic-themed floral designs for homebound Veterans served by Cheer and Veteran patients in local health care facilities

December 4, 2019 - Joys of the Season

PROGRAM: Thousands of holiday lights decorate Longwood Gardens for the holiday season, both inside and out. We will enjoy these lights and the colorful poinsettias, creatively decorated trees, swags and wreaths, the sounds of holiday carolers, memories stirred by an outdoor electric train display and many extraordinary floral exhibits.

January 8, 2020 - Botanical Artistic Crafts

PROGRAM; Dottie Howatt, a Master Flower Show Judge, member of the DFGC Flower Show Credentials Committee, Flower Show Co-Chair for the 2020 CAR-SGC Conference and a certified NGC Symposium Instructor, will introduce PLGC members and guests to Botanical Artistic Crafts, a marriage of crafts and floral design in a category that is relatively new in NGC flower shows. (Page 95 of the 2017 NGC Flower Show Handbook)

February 5, 2020 - Recycle Delaware

PROGRAM; Laurel Sullivan, a graduate of Unity College with a degree in Capture Wildlife Care and Education is the lead educator for DuPont Nature Center in Milford, Delaware. She will educate PLGC members about small changes that can make a big difference in combatting plastics and other pollutants that negatively impact our oceans, fresh waterways and sea life. (

March 5, 2020 - Come Together in Delaware

PROGRAM: Oksana Hoey, Chair of the 2020 CAR-SGC Conference and a member of Salt Air Garden Club, will give us a sneak peak of what to expect when Delaware hosts this annual event at Dover Downs in October. Learn about the programs, workshops, tours, flower show and more, plus opportunities to help with the planning and hosting. (

April 1, 2020 - A Lush Green Lawn

PROGRAM: Nick Larrimore, Golf Course Superintendent for Plantation Lakes Golf and Country Club, will share with us some techniques used for maintaining the golf course fairways that we could use for making and keeping our lawn green and healthy.

May 6, 2020 - Nature: Sex, Lies and Butterflies

PROGRAM: PLGC Conservation Chair Peggy Kircher will introduce this video program, which was written by Janet Hess, produced and directed by Ann Johnson Prum and narrated by Paul Giamatti for PBS. This video follows the lives of butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to chrysalis to 20,000 different species of mature winged creatures that inhabit the globe.

June 3, 2020 - National Garden Week 

PROGRAM: Celebrate National Garden Week with a trip to East Coast Garden Center! Terri Bouvier, Head of Merchandising, will introduce our members to new and traditional house plants and share with us how to make them thrive, even if we don’t have a green thumb. (

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