History of the Rare Plant Auction®

History of the Rare Plant Auction®

When Sir John Thouron donated a Clivia miniata var. citrina to an annual plant sale, board directors Kathy Andersen, Helen Detchon, and Dick Lighty lit upon its rare value. They envisioned a unique opportunity – an auction of rare plants. Helen Detchon, whose son Hank Davis co-chaired the 25th anniversary celebration, mobilized DCH’s volunteers, and Dick served as auctioneer of an all-live auction. Mac Rea Parker, of New York City, won what he came for, and the Clivia miniata var. citrina won its place symbolizing the successful Rare Plant Auction®.

 

  

 

Proceeds from the Rare Plant Auction® help DCH make a meaningful impact in Wilmington by encouraging urban agriculture, expanding our region’s tree canopy, and enhancing public landscapes.

I brought a friend to the flower arranging class and we had a blast! Emily was wonderful and I look forward to taking it again.

— Molly Keresztury
DE Art Museum
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