Exhibits will include a focus on conservation and sustainability

This rendering shows the Forested Lowland exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society’s planned Heritage Garden. / Courtesy DBHS

The Delray Beach Historical Society is designing an educational Heritage Garden for its downtown campus. A fundraising event, Twilight in the Garden, is set for Saturday, May 11.

DBHS’ three historic cottages feature exhibits, classes, workshops and lectures year-round. The society plans to transition its 34,000-square-foot campus into a destination that will focus on sustainability and conservation, provide tranquility, and teach visitors about local history through nature.


The Heritage Garden will provide a glimpse into what our region’s first inhabitants encountered; how the first settlers lived and built the town; and how natural resources contributed to food sources, medicine and the economy. 

Butterflies, too, will have a place to rest at DBHS’ Heritage Garden. / Courtesy DBHS

Residential and commercial development is increasing, and greenspace is dwindling in South Florida. So DBHS has an incentive to educate visitors about how native plants and Florida-friendly gardens can be a gateway to sustainability — and how they are critical for protecting our coastlines and inland developed areas.

DBHS Board President Howard Ellingsworth says, “Many of the founders who built Delray from the ground up relied for survival on the generous bounty that came from the land and the ocean. As part of our educational vision, we want to provide an outdoor, interactive experience that engages visitors of all ages to preserve our history, cultural heritage and planet for future generations.”

The Delray Beach Historical Society features a variety of historical exhibits and photos. This photo shows crates of pineapples at the 1913 Delray Beach County Fair. DBHS is hosting a May 11 fundraiser for a planned Hertitage Garden. / Courtesy DBHS

The Heritage Garden will feature a series of vignettes throughout the campus. Each will be designed around a story based on local history, or a demonstration of a particular natural habitat from pioneer days, or the vignette will make an important statement about conservation and sustainability.

Twilight in the Garden tickets are $125 per person and can be bought by calling 561-274-9578. The event will be held at the historical society’s site at 3 NE First St. in downtown Delray Beach.

Guests will enjoy garden-themed food and craft cocktails, sponsored by the area’s finest restaurants, and get a sneak peek at Heritage Garden designs. They also can bid on auction items.

An accompanying history exhibit in two buildings will provide an overview of Delray Beach’s settlement, dating back more than a century.

What: Twilight in the Garden — a fundraiser to build a campus-wide educational Heritage Garden

Host: Delray Beach Historical Society; 561-274-9578; www.delraybeachhistory.org

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 NE First St., Delray Beach

Tickets: $125 per person; open to members and the public

Participating partners: Farmer’s Table, Café Luna Rosa, City Oyster, Elizabetta’s, 3rd & 3rd,  The Hideaway, Death or Glory, Tapas 35, and other guest chefs

Presenting sponsors: The Colony Hotel, The Grass River Garden Club, Illuminations Lighting