Windsor's Flowers and Plants will open their doors from 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, to host the public in a celebration of the holidays and their 43rd year in business in Sussex County. Everyone is invited to meet the family members and associates, and enjoy some holiday specials with beverages, refreshments, door prizes and free gifts.
In 1973, Jay and Janet Windsor acquired McNichols Flowers in Lewes and Crosby's Flowers in Rehoboth Beach. They eventually changed the names to Windsor's Flowers & Plants in Rehoboth and Windsor's Plant Outlet in Lewes. The Windsors previously opened Lakeside Greenhouses in Laurel in 1972, when Jay was working as a county agent for the University of Delaware. Jay left the University of Delaware to manage the family businesses and returned in 1986.
The Windsors' daughter Jill and her husband Craig Rice continued their work at the 14,000-square-foot Laurel Greenhouses, eventually taking over the management of that location and later the plant outlet in Lewes.
In 1993, after a term in the U.S. Navy, son Jim Windsor joined the business full time. He and his sister Jenifer Caudill co-manage the Rehoboth Beach flower shop and greenhouse.
The old red barn, approximately 1,600 square feet, now housing the flower shop and offices in Rehoboth Beach, originally belonged to the DuPont family where they kept horses on Bay Vista Road. Bob Raley originally purchased the red barn and moved it to its present location to open a flower shop. The address is 20326 Coastal Highway (Route 1), next to Arena's and Big Fish Grill.
Windsor's Flowers and Plants offers a variety of fresh flowers, indoor and outdoor plants, mulch, gourmet baskets, specialty garden items, gifts and much more. Weddings, funerals and special events are among the many offered services. Windsor's is the oldest established florist and garden center business in the beach area. They have served this area for the past 43 years and expect to continue serving their many loyal customers for years to come.