“Bloom where you are planted” is much more than the motto of the Sea Trail Garden Club – it is truly the essence of its very existence. The Garden Club is not really a gardening club, as we know it, it is a welcoming bridge to life at Sea Trail for newcomers, for visiting guests and for long-term members. With monthly meeting featuring a variety of programs, special projects that can last for several days, weeks or months, it affords an arena in which involvement is as little or great as the members wish. Special areas worthy of note include the annual “Make-it, Bake-it, Sew-it, Grow-It” Christmas Auction whose proceeds benefit Brunswick County charities, as well as Garden Club On-the-Go which schedules small group day trips to area points of interest. Garden Club is open to any woman in Sea Trail and has annual dues of $30.00. Any one interested in joining contact Julie Sullivan at 910-575-7668 or jjsulli@gmail.com.


  • President – Julie Sullivan
  • Vice President – Susan Bridges
  • Secretary – Joan Scheidle
  • Treasurer – Terri O’Rourke
  • Parliamentarian – Barb Hauver
  • Charities: Louise Sensenig, Paula Currivan, Elyse McLearen, Chris Woods, Joan Scheidle ,Mary Keller, Betty Priscu, Anita Clark, Karen Barnhart,Janine Coakley, Priscilla Donaldson
  • Communications: Ellen Lehrer
  • Garden Club on the Go: Linda Anthony, Kaye Evans, Betty Scott (Presentation)
  • Garden Tips: Marge Layden
  • Landscaping Liason: Janine Coakley
  • Granny’s Closet: Eileen Chamberlain, Chris Woods, Diane Kreuzburg
  • Historians: Joann Bonasia, Kathy Taylor Nancy Santisi, Ruth Bilderback
  • Hospitality: Sandy Bergamasco, Becky Tinkham, Margaret Titelbaum, Diane Kreuzburg Membership: Cheryl Schutt, Carol Bates, Barbara Bowden
  • Outreach: Kathy Taylor, Anita Clark, Diane Kreuzburg
  • Program: Ellen Bombolis, Mary Bergere
  • Publicity: Anita August
  • Sunshine: Carrie Casey
  • Chaplain: Dian Robbins

Garden Club on the Go – Three to four times a year excursions are planned for Garden Club members to travel to an interesting venue away from their usual meeting place, the Pink Palace. Sometimes the ladies remain “on campus” and tour homes and/ or gardens at Sea Trail. Other times, they carpool or charter a bus for a day trip or even over night. Almost always a meal is involved!!! Recent trips have included a shopping excursion to Charlotte, a winery tour at Shelton Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina, a Tour of the Theatre of the Republic, a Christmas Home Tour, a Food and Wine Tasting Tour in Wilmington and numerous plays and theatre experiences. In the past we have also gone to Charleston, Airlie Gardens, Bald Head Island, Brookgreen Gardens and more.

Announcement of upcoming trips will be made at monthly Garden Club meetings, via email blasts, and on the website. In most cases, your check will constitute your reservation. Since the number of participants varies for each trip, and often that number is limited, it is wise to sign up as early as possible for each trip.

For more information, please contact committee co-chairs, Linda Anthony (linda.anthony@atmc.net)  or Susan Hartsburg (snw522@gmail.com).


  • Mah Jongg Tournament – January 14, 2020
  • Fashion Show – March 31, 2020

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Garden Club Meeting Dates:

  • December 10, 2019  – Agenda for Garden Club
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

Gardening Tips September (2019)

First let’s give thanks that Seatrail residents did not have any serious damage from Hurricane Dorian. Our hearts go out to families at The Farm and others in Calabash.

As you’re cleaning up the debris in your gardens prune out dead, diseased or broken branches. Hold off major pruning until late winter.

Rake up pine needles and use them for mulch in your gardens that are away from the house. Remove spent annuals and replace them with fall blooming annuals/perennials such as Dianthus, Mums, Aster, Snapdragons, Flowering Cabbage, Salvia and Pansies.

The fall is a great time to redesign your garden. See what works and what needs to be removed or replaced. Dig and divide Hosta, Canna, Coneflower, Foxglove and Stella D’Ora Lillies. Transplant now to give the roots time to develop.  Pull up weeds before they go to seed!

Fertilize roses and deadhead to encourage new growth for the fall bloom period. Also add fertilizer to new and transplanted annuals and perennials.Take cuttings of Rosemary, Basil, Oregano and Mint for an indoor windowsill herb garden. Start cool weather plants such as Cilantro, Lettuce and Spinach.

Marge Layden

Garden Club Calendar

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List of upcoming events

February 11, 2020

9:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Location: Pink Palace

March 10, 2020

9:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Location: Pink Palace

April 14, 2020

9:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Location: Pink Palace

May 12, 2020

9:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Location: Pink Palace

June 9, 2020

9:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Location: Pink Palace