Gardeners Gild

The Gardeners Gild
is for those interested in all aspects of gardening. Activities include gardening lectures, field trips to interesting gardens, exchanging plants and gardening information, and tending to the community plantings.

THE SLF TASK FORCE has been extremely active, putting up many, many of the latest versions of our traps, and producing popular, “how-to” videos on YouTube. And they recently won an AWARD! Congratulations to Elaine Schmerling and the many volunteers who have worked with her! For the past two years, Elaine has headed this active and essential group, recently awarded the Exemplary Partnership Award

The Arden’s Community Based Spotted Lantern Fly Control Project –  “This award is presented to a group working in Delaware that demonstrates an outstanding partnership in the environmental field that serves as a model and inspiration to others. The Arden’s Community Based Spotted Lantern Fly Control Project is a multigenerational, community-based Citizen Science project focusing on the development of a core group of residents skilled in applying Integrated Pest Management methods to address the SLF infestation in wooded areas of the Ardens.”

Our Spotted Lanternfly Task Force has continued putting up traps on our trees and monitoring the existing traps. There have been many sightings of the adult Lanternfly, so we can expect to see more of them this month. Please opt for traps, as opposed to spraying your trees and shrubs with insecticide! Look at our Facebook page and town bulletin boards for directions!


We are getting ready for the Arden Fair Plant Sale. Please pot up any extra plants from your garden, and/or set aside garden-related items. The donations are to be dropped off at the Upper Gild Hall (2126 The Highway, Arden DE) on Friday, September 3. (Any plants should include care instructions and a label with the plant’s name.) Pat Morrison is our volunteer coordinator for the Fair. Please reach out to her if you can help for a couple of hours on Friday (to collect, trim, and price plants, and in general, to set everything up), or on Saturday, the day of the Fair, to work the Plant Booth. Her email is

The Gardeners Gild is looking forward to resuming our in-person monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month, beginning in September. We have an interesting line-up of speakers and hope to see many members at the meetings. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule!

Everyone is invited to join our GG group! If you want to be put on the emailing list or learn more about the Gardeners Gild, please contact Hajni Halasz. We are also on FB, “Arden Club Gardeners Gild

We meet on the third Monday of the month, at 7:30PM, currently via Zoom. Our meetings and activities are open to all!

Hajni Halasz / Lee Painter
Gardeners Gild Mistresses

Please practice all good health safety practices and stay healthy!

NEW GILD LEADERSHIP: Please let us know how you can help us on a year-round basis: we’re looking for people who like working with finances, writing emails, and planning meetings. If we continue to expect one person to do all the work, they will burn out, so we want to build a leadership structure that shares the tasks among three or four people.
All the best, as always,
Jeana Carey
Gardeners GildMistress

For more information, please contact