The Delaware Center for Horticulture recently announced Marcia Stephenson as its new director of advancement.

Stephenson, who will assume the role Oct. 1, has been with DCH for the past 16 years, most recently in the role of member donor relations manager.

As member donor relations manager, Stephenson has grown DCH’s membership and donor base and increased volunteer involvement throughout all aspects of the organization while managing fundraising drives, including Annual Appeals, and coordinating large-scale aspects of the groups’ Rare Plant Auction. She organizes trips and garden tours, obtains artists for DCH’s art gallery, manages facility rentals and coordinated the Wilmington City Gardens Contest. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science in horticulture with a minor in art from the University of Delaware.

Prior to moving to Delaware to return to school, Stephenson lived in Boston, where she worked as a sales representative for a film manufacturer in the printing industry. She became interested in plants, gardening and community beautification in Boston and co-founded the Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury, which began implementing community projects, garden tours and speaker engagements. Stephenson moved to Delaware to pursue her horticulture degree. She is married and has a stepdaughter and two Maine coon cats. She also tends the garden around their home.