Banner photograph: Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell attended the 2016 groundbreaking to help launch the Delaware Botanic Gardens. Photograph Copyright © Ken Arni
The Delaware Botanic Gardens is a ten-year, multiphase plan to bring a sense of place to Delmarva with a major public garden that reflects southern Delaware’s unique coastal plain. Its mission is to create inspirational, educational, and sustainable gardens in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. The gardens will be located on 37 acres along Piney Neck Road in Sussex County. The parcel has an ideal mix of farmland, woodland, and more than 1,000 feet of tidal waterfront on Pepper Creek.
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Stages of the garden's creation during the multiyear effort to Open the Garden Gates:
Build the basics
Enlarge the endowment
Purchase initial plantings and use donated plant materials
Install temporary modular buildings
Hire the initial staff
Develop individual gardens
Add special features
Build the staff
Complete large permanent structures
Fully staff all operations