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 and is currently the president of DCH's Board of Directors, 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.

It was great to see TheDCH honor the sacrifice of WWI vets by planting cherry trees. It’s beautiful when they are all blooming.

— Andrew Dinsmore
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