In the mid 1970s, the Delaware Historical Society acquired 503 Market Street as a gift from an anonymous donor. It’s a small building adjacent to the Research Library. Although it has been part of the library for many years, that wasn’t its original use after it come to the Society.
From the late 1970s until the early 1990s, 503 Market Street served as the home of the Wilmington Garden Center, providing offices and a resource center. The organization was founded in 1977 by a group of volunteers. In 1981 it acquired a customized bread truck to use as an outreach vehicle, which allowed it to expand its programs.
By the early 1990s, the Wilmington Garden Center had outgrown 503 Market Street. It moved to a former Wilmington Parks and Recreation building on North DuPont Street in Trolley Square and became the Delaware Center for Horticulture. Over the years, its programs have grown to include horticultural education, community gardens, outreach to low-income neighborhoods, tree planting, and enhancements to public landscapes.
Once again, a Society partnership from the 1970s continues to serve the community today. To learn more about the Delaware Center for Horticulture, visit http://www.thedch.org/.