Through the generosity of Longwood Gardens, nine mature shrubs raised in its trial gardens were transplanted at the Delaware Botanic Gardens on a mild February day. The Florida anise shrubs (Illicium floridanum) now surround the Delmarva Bay wetland on DBG's eastern side. When they were no longer needed at the Pennsylvania garden, Longwood offered them to DBG. Pete Irwin of Irwin Landscaping in Hockessin, Delaware, transported them to Dagsboro and installed them with the assistance of several members of the company's landscape team. Found throughout the coastal plain and the piedmont, the anise shrubs thrive in low riparian areas such as the DBG site along Pepper Creek.
Installation photographs by Raymond Bojarski. Closeup and site photographs by Gregg Tepper