Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

Date Published: 
June 24, 2016

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.

The show, titled “Coasting Along,” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. It will feature items from members that will be judged in four categories by representatives from the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs, according to show chairperson Karen Dudley. The judges will be evaluating entries ranging from potted house plants to cut flower arrangements, Dudley said.

Residents at Brandywine are also being invited to bring their potted house plants for the public to enjoy.

In addition, the Barefoot Gardeners will host an educational exhibit on the progress of the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, where many club members have been volunteering in a variety of capacities and recently planted a tree that will be part of the botanic gardens’ landscape for years to come.

The Dagsboro project involves a 37-acre plot leased from the Sussex County Land Trust along Piney Neck Road, where organizers plan a world-class garden and educational facility.

A new feature for the Barefoot Gardeners’ show this year is a photo exhibit, where entrants can share favorite images of plants for the public’s enjoyment.

The Barefoot Gardeners were formed 12 years ago, according to Dudley. Now with 55 members, most of whom live in the Fenwick Island area, the group is active in a number of community projects, including Justin’s Beach House, a beach house for use by cancer patients and their families; the Fenwick Island Lighthouse; the Operation SEAs the Day event for veterans and their families; and, of course, the Delaware Botanic Gardens.

Members’ interests are quite varied, Dudley said.

“We have people who just putter around in their yards, people who like to do house plants, some who are interested in cacti and succulents,” she said.

In addition to the flower show, the Barefoot Gardeners hold two fundraisers each year, the largest being their May plant sale.

A shuttle will be available at the Harris Teeter grocery store on Route 54 to bring guests to the Brandywine facility, Dudley said. Admission to the flower show is free. For more information, email ltwilley@comcast.net.