Garden clubs bring joy to Brandywine Living residents

March 30, 2021

Five local garden clubs in Sussex County partnered to bring spring joy to residents of Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island.

Members of the Salt Air Gardeners, Gardeners by the Sea, Coastal Gardeners, Barefoot Gardeners and Sussex Gardeners created more than 80 wreaths with spring and patriotic themes to hang on residents’ doors.

When Salt Air Gardeners were unable to conduct workshops with residents due to the pandemic, members looked for a creative way to engage them and brighten their days. The group decided to make door wreaths, and reached out to other local garden clubs to join in the effort.

“Imagine the joy when every door has a wreath to welcome in spring. It will add some life and cheer to those who cannot have visitors, who cannot gather to eat in the dining room, who need something to lift their spirits each time they are able to leave their room,” said Oksana Hoey of Salt Air Gardeners.

There was an overwhelming response from each of the garden clubs, and each group quickly committed to making unique wreaths for each person’s door. Extra wreaths were created to be included in a raffle for the Brandywine Living staff. “Coastal Gardeners have enjoyed making these beautiful wreaths because we know they bring joy to others,” said Sally Scarangella of Coastal Gardeners.

Alva Hutchison of Gardeners by the Sea said, “Members of Gardeners by the Sea enthusiastically designed wreaths for the residents at Brandywine. This project has a special spot in my heart because my mother lived at Brandywine. From our experience, I know it is the love and care of the staff that makes it a beautiful place to live!”

The wreaths were presented to Heather Cronin, escapades producer at Brandywine Living, outside the facility March 22. Cronin said, “It was wonderful how five local gardening groups in Sussex County came together to make a personalized wreath for every resident at Brandywine. You can see the time and thought that went into each one.”

All five garden clubs are affiliated with National Garden Clubs Inc. and Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs. For more information, go to


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