History and Mission


Founded in 1937, The Sussex Gardeners is one of the oldest garden clubs in the U.S.! It is a member of the Federation of Garden Clubs and part of The National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region. Its mission is to bring together members of the community who have an interest in the fine art of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture. Its community outreach includes programs in garden therapy, conservation and civic beautification.


The current fifty active members meet each third Thursday of the month September through June at All Saints Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach. Meetings include programs of interest to the group by guest presenters and are free and open to the public.

Our official logo, shown above, was designed in 1955 by Mrs. Leslie Knapp,  a charter member of the Sussex Gardeners.

The image that appears next to "History and Mission" is an  acrylic painting titled "One Summer Day," by Club Member Nancy Katz  It will serve as the cover art for this year's Program Booklet.

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1937                  Nassau Garden Committee organized with eight members.

1939                  Nassau Garden Group Reorganized with twenty-four active members.

1947                  Nassau Garden Group renamed Sussex Gardeners.

1947                  Sussex Gardeners held their first Standard Flower Show.

1948                 All Day Greens Meeting held in basement of Rehoboth Methodist Church to make wreaths.for churches, homes,

                        and members.

1954                 Garden Therapy Project at Stockley Hospital began.  The project continued for over the next fifty years.

1958                  Sussex Gardeners joined the newly formed Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs.

966                  Sussex Gardeners printed the Delaware Wildflower Book.

1987                  Sussex Gardeners celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

1994                 Sussex Gardeners decorated the dining room at the Governor’s Mansion for the holidays.

1997                 Elva Davidson was elected as the first Sussex Gardeners member to be President of DFGC.

2001                  “Yummm” cookbook was produced as a special fundraising project.

2009                  “Saluting our Police” garden completed at DE State Police Troop 7, Lewes.

2014                 Sussex Gardeners created and dedicated a Memorial Garden

2017                  Sussex Gardeners celebrated their 80th Anniversary





To bring together, through membership in the organization, the members of the community who have a genuine

interest in gardening and related skills.


To study and advance the fine art of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture.


To aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources.


To promote the educational aspect of gardening in youth groups.


To further garden therapy programs.


To encourage civic beautification.


To cooperate and assist in the objectives of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs (DFGC), the Central Atlantic

Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc. (CAR-SGC) and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC).