“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.

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).


Hello GC Members, how lucky we are to have the beach, pool and our air-conditioned homes to comfort us during this hot July.


Now on to business.  As you know, our Tag and Bake Sale is being held on Saturday, September 14th from 10 – 3 at the Calabash Senior Center.  We NEED items and assistance.  Look around and start to decide which items you need to eliminate so your children will not have to.  As Bev Dague explains it, “Death Clutter”.  We will not be accepting clothing but accessories such as jewelry, scarfs, purses, etc. and of course, everything else around your homes, inside and out.  YOU will do the pricing and please price to SELL.  There will be no negotiating at the tables!  Attach sale tags SECURELY on each item.  If it is a set of items, please indicate on the tag.  You can bring your items, no matter how big or small, the day of the sale starting at 8:00 to the side door of the center.  Our volunteers will be ready to receive them.  If you cannot make it the morning of, you can drop off items at the following homes of Ellen Lehrer, Carol Pozdol, Anita Clark, Elyse McLearen and Joyce Hellmann.  Please call first, numbers are in the directory.  Try to limit it to 10 – 15 items if bringing it to a home and no large pieces.  If you can’t lift it alone, neither can we.


For those who are doing the advertising, you know when it needs to be done and I have attached the info.  The only other thing to mention is that we will only accept cash or checks.  Kim, I don’t have Colleen’s email and I don’t know if she is a member.  Please forward this to her.  Anyone may print out the flyer and post it somewhere for all to view.  Thank you all in advance.


The volunteers are as follows; Mary Bergere, Ellen Bombolis, Barb Hauver, Sharon Markatos, Kaye Evans, Pat Reid, Nancy Barnes, Priscilla Donaldson, Carol Bates, Margaret Teitilbaum, Jo Ann Abrams, Terri O’ Rourke, Kim Urban, Pat Gooding, Ellen Lehrer, Jo Donna O’Leary, Lil Schorpp, Sharron Young, Nancy Santisi and Betty Priscu.  I ask that you be at the center by 8 to help unload and organize.  Volunteers, as time gets closer, we will discuss more.


If you would like to bake for this event, kindly contact Lucy Imondi.


If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact Elyse McLearen, Carol Pozdol or Joyce Hellmann


This is a large undertaking and a new adventure for all of us!  Thank you for your continued support, Joyce Hellmann


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Sea Trail Garden Club News

Change of Date for the Biltmore House Trip with the Garden Club

Due to The Biltmore House not being decorated for Christmas until November 8, we are going to have to change the date of our trip to the following week of November 11-November 14. The tour company just found this out today. I hope everyone that has paid will still be able to go but if not I have not deposited any checks yet so I can give you back your deposit. Also if someone could not go the previous week maybe this will work for you! As of now we have 33 ladies signed up & we only need 40 to keep our price at what it was quoted. We also can get a bigger bus if we get more ladies which would be great! Again we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but I know we all want to see it decorated for Christmas!

Also I have checked with our president, Julie Sullivan, and this will not interfere with our Make It Bake It since no date has been set for this yet.

Linda Anthony & Betty Scott

Garden Club on the GO – Christmas at the Biltmore House

Christmas at the Biltmore House – Featuring a Candlelight Christmas Tour
4 days – 3 nights – November 4-7, 2019

$599 Per Person (Double occupancy)

Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners, including Deerpark Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate
  • Grove Arcade
  • Candlelight Christmas Evening Tour of Biltmore House
  • Daytime visit to the Biltmore Estate, including the Winery Tour & Antler Hill Village
  • Biltmore Village
  • Guided Tour of Asheville, including the Folk Art Center
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Opry
  • Souvenir Gift
  • Luggage Handling
  • Taxes & Meal Gratuities
  • Motor Coach Transportation

For more information and reservations contact:
Sea Trail Garden Club
Linda Anthony
514 Fairway Dr.
Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Click for HERE detailed Itinerary

  • If you’d like to go as a single, the is $788 (single occupancy).
  • A $25.00 deposit is due before July 15. Please include who your roommate is on your check.
  • Make check to Linda Anthony & drop in basket @ 514 Fairway Drive West.
  • The final payment is due by Sept 1.
  • Please note that availability of seats will be based on when we receive the check for your deposit. If bus fills up we will start a waiting list & advise you.

Garden Club Meeting Dates (2019 – See Calendar for Details):

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 divi
de 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

Gardening Tips March (2019)

On the warm days this month you may want to start pruning your overgrown summer flowering trees and shrubs such as Butterfly Bush, Chaste Tree, Rose-of Sharon and Crepe Myrtle. Some Hibiscus bloom on old growth so be cautious. Berry producing plants such as Holly, Nandina and Pyracantha can also be pruned now as well as your Rose Bushes.

Clean up around all your plants especially Camelias as the spent blooms promote disease.

The last frost date in this area is generally April 10th. If you’re starting plants from seed check the germination information on the seed packet to determine the best time to start your seeds indoors.

March is an ideal time to plant Figs, Blueberries and Strawberries. After the danger of a hard frost is past set out cool-season vegetables such as Broccoli, Eggplant, Kale, Onions and Radishes. Chives, Oregano, Thyme and Cilantro can also be planted.

Perennials that have become overgrown or too crowded can be dug up and divided. Shasta Daisy, Rudbeckia, Stella D’oro Daylillies, Beebalm and Mums are a few that easily spread in this area.

Gardening Tips for February (2019)

February is a great time for planning the changes you want to make to your garden.  Take a walk around your garden and determine what needs dividing, pruning or removal.  Is a splash of color or texture needed?  If you haven’t ordered your seeds and plants yet there’s still time.
Take advantage of the warm spell and plant some cool weather plants such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Dianthus and Sweet William.   You can plant shrubs while the ground is not frozen and be sure to keep them watered until well established.  
This is a good time to fertilize spring bulbs that have emerged with a 10-10-10 fertilizer.  
Be patient as there will be a cold spell coming!

Marge Layden

Gardening Tips for January (2019)

There’s not too much to do this month besides choosing which seeds and plants you may want to try after looking through the abundant catalogues that have arrived in the mail. Carefully read the descriptions of water, soil, light conditions and disease resistance before deciding what to buy.

Warm days are a good time to weed, prune dead branches and rake up debris. Apply mulch to tender plants that are emerging now to protect them from the cold spells that will surely follow this winter.

Marge Layden


Garden Club Calendar

Click each event for more details.

List of upcoming events

October 8, 2019

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

October 29, 2019

10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Garden Club "On-The-Go" Meeting
Location: Sunset Room

November 11, 2019

November 12, 2019

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

December 10, 2019

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