Board of Governors

Board of Governors

“The Garden Club of North Carolina adopted The Elizabethan Gardens as a project in 1951, on August 18, 1960 The Gardens were formally opened.”

MISSION STATEMENT: For every generation, The Elizabethan Gardens is your gateway to our unique nature and history through education and experiences, to learn, enrich, sustain, and enjoy the environment.

The Elizabethan Gardens Board of Governors determines policies and sets goals aimed at improving The Elizabethan Gardens as outlined in the bylaws. As the policy forming branch, The Board of Governors:

  1. Directs the general operations and ensures the mission of The Elizabethan Gardens is carried out.
  2. Determines the course of action and sets the long-term agenda for The Elizabethan Gardens.
  3. Authorizes the program of work and approves The Elizabethan Gardens’ budget.
  4. Hears and acts on committee recommendations as required.


Executive Committee

Linda Davenport, President

Gail Reynolds, Vice-President

Betsy Brown, Secretary

Jaye Massecar, Treasurer

Darene Honeycutt, Garden Club of North Carolina President

Theresa M. Armendarez, Executive Director


Beulah Ashby

Brenda Crocker

Barbara Holton

Kathy Horne

Sarah Ivey

Sarah Johns

Nancy Spruill

Neil C. Songer

Lynda Wood

The Elizabethan Gardens Chairman/ Trustees/ Board List 1951-Present


The Elizabethan Gardens Trustees, Board Chair

1958-59: Mrs. H.R. Totten, Chapel Hill

1959-64: Mrs. J.R. Bennett

1964-66: Mrs. Corbett Howard, Goldsboro

1966-67: Mrs. James Tyler, Kinston

1967-70: Mrs. Roscoe McMillan, Red Springs

 The Elizabethan Gardens Board of Governors, Board Chair/ President

1970-74: Mrs. Roscoe McMillan, Red Springs

1974-97: Mrs. W. Marion Odom, Ahoskie (Marie)

1997-99: Dr. Myrtle Swain, Wilson

1999-2003: Mrs. Harry B. Schiffman, Manteo (Lila)

2003-2005: Mrs. Lois Hicks

2005-2008: Mrs. Patsy Zoll, Manteo

2008-2010: Mrs. June Bell, Manteo

2010-2014: Mrs. Penny Rose, Ahoskie

2014-2016: Mrs. Sandra Snapp, Chocowinity

2016-2017: Mrs. Lou Ellen Flowers, Goldsboro

2017-  present: Mrs. Linda Davenport, Edenton

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