Our Community - A Delaware Treasure Takes Form

Jeremy Tucker | Delaware Living | 2018

 Picture by Ray Bojarski

Picture by Ray Bojarski

Delaware is reknowned for its picturesque beaches - our scenic waters have motivated thosunds of retirees to move to our area over the last decade.  The second smallest state will soon be known for something perhaps even more beautiful, an attrraction that will also draw vistitors to Sussex County.  A determined group of Delawarians plan to open the Delaware Botanic Gardens or DBG at Pepper Creek to the public in 2019 - it will be the first of its kind in the First State.

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Delaware garden clubs recognized nationally

Maria Counts | Coastal Point | July 20, 2018

The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs was recently recognized nationally by the National Garden Clubs — a not-for-profit educational organization comprising 50 state garden clubs and the National Capital Area, with 5,000-member garden clubs and 165,000 members.

“We’ve had several awards, which is so unusual for Delaware, because we’re little. We’re up against 49 states which are a lot bigger,” said Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs President Lisa Arni.

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Camp Rehoboth - All about the Delaware Botanic Garden

Brent Baker | Letters from Camp Rehoboth | July 13, 2018

The official groundbreaking for the former Dagsboro farmland—but now 37-acre Delaware Botanic Garden (DBG)—was in December 2016. Within the natural beauty of the 12-acre Woodland Garden on Pepper Creek, paths were cleared and native trees and plants added.

But the gardens were still mostly a vision and some wonderful sketches of a “garden to be.” Thanks to volunteers and some hard work, the DBG is scheduled to open to the public in 2019.

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Sipping and sauntering through a meadow in Dagsboro

Chris Flood | Cape Gazette | May 11, 2018

 Piet Oudolf, internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer, sits on one of the mounds he had built in his meadow creation at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro. He said the grassed mound allows visitors to get at the level of the plants and see the meadow from a different perspective. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

Piet Oudolf, internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer, sits on one of the mounds he had built in his meadow creation at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro. He said the grassed mound allows visitors to get at the level of the plants and see the meadow from a different perspective. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO

The number of neon flags marking plants outnumbering the number of plants on the Delaware Botanic Gardens meadow, but that didn’t bother Piet Oudolf. He’s the famed Dutch gardener and meadow creator, who was on hand May 4 at the gardens’ first public showing.  Read more...

Volunteers help southern Delaware gardens grow

Maddy Lauria | The News Journal | May 5, 2018

Members talk about the 2019 opening of the botanic garden in Dagsboro. Jason N Minto, The News Journal

Before there was any funding or horticulture experts or knowledge of where to build southern Delaware's first botanic gardens, Ocean View resident Peggie Ravida envisioned a place where residents and visitors could enjoy the natural beauty of Delmarva.  Read more...

Delaware Botanic Gardens blossoming in Dagsboro

Shannon Marvel | Dover Post | October 18, 2017

Public garden project brings community together

In a former soybean field off Piney Neck Road in Dagsboro, a long-planned world-class botanic garden is beginning to materialize.

The founders of Delaware Botanic Gardens obtained 501©(3) nonprofit status in 2012, and the site was selected in 2013. After fundraising efforts and the retirement of founding president Mike Zajic, in 2016, professionals were hired to develop the master plan, including the Lake/Flato architectural firm, famed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and Delaware’s own Rodney Robinson, of RAS Landscape Architects. Read more...