Historic New Castle, Delaware


Welcome to the Arasapha Garden Club, steward of 
New Castle's historic gardens

For over 80 years the Arasapha Garden Club has cared for the New Castle Historical Society’s gardens, which have been recognized by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society as being a treasure unique within the Delaware Valley.

Only in charming Historic New Castle will you discover three separate gardens of such distinct character, all within a short, pleasing walk of each other. We invite you to explore the
Colonial Revival garden and perennial beds at the Amstel House, then meander a few blocks to the Dutch House where you’ll find perennial and native plant gardens, as well as a Dutch-inspired kitchen garden within a boxwood parterre.

We hope you’ll visit us soon to discover the delightful and unique gardens of historic
New Castle!

The grounds are open daily from sunrise until sunset. The Arasapha Garden Club welcomes new members, guests and volunteers.

To the community of New Castle:

If you are like us, you have been enjoying the fruits of this year’s May Market: planting flowers, taking snips from a fresh herb, munching on cookies and cake, and enjoying handcrafted and white elephant finds. You may be learning even more than you already knew about New Castle, thanks to information picked up at May Market’s Welcome Table. And you’re probably savoring the pleasure of seeing a community come together to support a longstanding tradition. 

Arasapha Garden Club’s annual May Market would not be possible without the help of many New Castle people and organizations. We want to offer special thanks to the following:

The City of New Castle mayor, city council, administration, and staff for storing, updating, and hanging signs and banners promoting May Market and for storing and delivering our tables

The New Castle Hundred Lions Club for providing, delivering, and assembling tents, tables and chairs

New Castle Presbyterian Church for the use of its Christian Education Building and grounds for our White Elephant/Books Sale and vendors

New Castle Historical Society for storing May Market materials

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension for providing a fascinating demonstration by JW Wistermayer

New Castle Weekly and Cobblestones for helping to publicize May Market

Dozens of Arasapha Garden Club members who contributed their time and energy to make the event a success

And the hundreds of visitors whose purchases raised thousands of dollars to support Arasapha’s mission of maintaining and beautifying the gardens of the historic Amstel and Dutch Houses

Thank you all!

Linda Suskie and Kathy Tidball
2015 May Market Co-Chairs

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