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.”

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

Lou Ellen Flowers

Linda Davenport
Vice Chairman

Sandie Markland

Phil Johnson

Gail Hill
Garden Club of North Carolina President


Carolyn Ashbrook

Gloria Degnan

Kathryn Fagan

Linda McLendon

Gail Reynolds

Sarah Johns

Sandra Snapp

Jason Waughtel

Marjorie Way

Terry Zeytoonian

Patti Hutaff
Member Emeritus

Carl Curnutte
Executive Directorary

Phil Johnson, Treasurer

Carl Curnutte, Executive Director

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

The Elizabethan Gardens Committee, Chairmen

1951-54                Mrs. James Tyler, Kinston

1954-55                Mrs. Glenn Long

1955-57                Mrs. Roy Homewood

1957-64                Mrs. Corbett Howard, Goldsboro

The Elizabethan Gardens Trustees, Chairmen

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, Chairmen

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



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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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