1930’s


Beautification of the Kennett Pike

Following the suggestion of The Garden Club of America that individual clubs fight the proliferation of advertising signs along highways, Club members successfully persuaded local advertising firms to remove all signs on the Kennett Pike from Wilmington to the Pennsylvania line. Further, the GCW convinced four gas stations in the Greenville area to enter a competition for decorating their businesses with artificial greens.  The first prize was $10.00; second prize was $5.00. These efforts were the earliest attempts to beautify Greenville.

Garden at Amstel House

The GCW joined forces with The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Delaware to fund the restoration of the garden at the Amstel House in New Castle.  All plantings were of species known before 1730.

Backyard Gardens Project

Under the leadership of Miss Violet L. Findlay, the Club sponsored the “beautify your backyard” project, which for 26 years endeavored to turn Wilmington into a city of little gardens.  Starting in 1924, the Backyard Garden Project equipped hundreds of elementary school children with seed packets and planting instructions. Annual flower shows were staged in every elementary school in the city, each of which was judged personally by Miss Findlay.