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Governor John Carney presented the Governor's Urban Conservation Award for Sussex County to The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek (DBG). At the May 3 ceremony held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, Delaware, Governor Carney said, "Today's honorees have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to improving the environment, and on behalf of the people of Delaware, I would like to thank each of them for their dedication and for their time, effort, and investment to implement model conservation practices." The Governor was joined by Secretary of DNREC Shawn Garvin who added, "This year's honorees are wonderful and diverse examples of how we can learn from the success of others and can all be better environmental stewards by taking thoughtful and important actions to protect and enhance our water and air quality."
Ray Sander, DBG President, said "On behalf of the DBG Board, our Advisory Council, our distinguished business partners, and our generous donors and supporters, we are honored to be recognized for our commitment to conservation. Conservation has been one of our core values from the very beginning of our project. Conservation is also one of the core values of the great companies who have brought their talents and positive values to the Delaware Botanic Gardens project. We especially want to thank the Governor, our Sussex County legislators and the Sussex Conservation District for their support for Delaware Botanic Gardens.
Business and thought leaders have offered their reactions to DBG's conservation award:
"Economic growth motivated by environmental conservation greatly contributes to the economy and promotes sustainability. Botanic gardens motivate business and residential choices and encourage investment in natural resource protection. Pennoni is very proud to be the Consulting Engineers for the Delaware Botanic Gardens, a role we have played from the inception of the project. Pennoni’s investment in providing time and talent to projects such as this is an investment back into our communities on iconic projects that provide a social benefit," said Chuck Pennoni, Chairman of the Board, Pennoni Associates. Greg Sawka, President and CEO of Bancroft Construction noted "we are excited to serve as the project's Construction Manager and to work alongside some of the most devoted owners and inspirational designers in the business." Chris Baker, President of George & Lynch, commented "as a life-long resident, I appreciate the vision and extraordinary efforts of the founders to provide for conservation, education and sensory enjoyment. The Delaware Botanic Gardens will be a unique cultural resource and a great asset for residents and the tourism industry."
Casey Sclar, Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association, noted "on behalf of our 600 Association member gardens, we are thrilled that with this award, Delaware has recognized the unique conservation contributions made by public gardens. The Delaware Botanic Gardens will contribute to the improved health of the Inland Bays and will benefit the unique ecological and agricultural features that co-exist in Southern Delaware." Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery & Distillery, added that "we are participating in this great project because we support DBG's important environmental education role to motivate people to interact with nature and to learn first-hand the importance of conservation."
"Our nationally and internationally renowned designers, Lake/Flato Architects, RAS Landscape Architects and Piet Oudolf have strong commitments to helping us create a beautiful, sustainable public garden which celebrates our region and demonstrates the value of conservation," said Sheryl Swed, DBG Executive Director. Swed continued, "Our project is honored to be included with the other distinguished conservation honorees from across our great state." "The Delaware Botanic Gardens' conservation commitment will be evident in every aspect of our management of the land and our approach to plant and water conservation," remarked Gregg Tepper, DBG Director of Horticulture.
The Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek has embarked on a multiyear, multiphase plan to establish a flagship botanic garden for Delmarva that manifests the values motivating all garden lovers everywhere—from the magnificence of nature to the role of horticulture in learning, enjoyment, health and conservation. Founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Delaware Botanic Gardens will celebrate the coastal plain with a flagship sustainable garden that delights and educates visitors and inspires them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscapes. It will create a unique, inspirational, and accessible garden for public benefit and pleasure.
At the Delaware Nature Society's (DNS) inspirational Ashland Nature Center, more than 60 garden enthusiasts and horticultural thought leaders gathered on March 30 for the first public presentation of the Delaware Botanic Gardens' (DBG) Master Plan.
This Master Plan is the result of a twelve-month iterative process led by Rodney Robinson and Allan Summers of RAS Landscape Architects. Carla Markel, Delaware's former first lady and chair of the garden’s advisory council, in her opening remarks recognized the leadership of the DBG Board and all the firms and individuals who are working to bring a new public garden to the region and the State. Rodney Robinson and Allan Summers unveiled the Master Plan and reviewed the design process, the details and multifaceted features of the garden's creative and beautifully crafted Master Plan.
The event's success was due to the great cooperation of the region's leading Horticulture organizations, the Delaware Nature Society, the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Garden Club of Wilmington. DBG looks forward to other cooperative events with these organizations.
Continuing coverage of the generous grant from the Dogfish Head Companies to the Delaware Botanic Gardens.
In mid-February 2017 DBG's final construction and site plan documents were signed by various officials involved in development of the future garden along Pepper Creek. Dennis Forney, chair of the Sussex County Land Trust—which has leased the waterfront site to the garden—joined with DBG Vice President Ray Sander and Executive Director Sheryl Swed to mark the occasion. Forney photographs courtesy Maddy Lauria, Cape Gazette
David Heatwole of Pennoni Associates, the project engineer, also added his signature. Evelyn Maurmeyer of Coastal & Estuarine Research provided the wetlands delineation for the document.
Office of State Representative Ron Gray
December 12, 2016
Reps. Gray (right) and Tim Dukes (left) and Senator Gerald Hocker joined the Governor and more than 100 people in gathering near the banks of Pepper Creek recently to officially break ground for the Delaware Botanic Gardens.
The ambitious project began four years ago as a grassroots movement grew into a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. In 2015 alone, the group raised more than $1 million, including private donations, grants, and contributions from the Community Transportation Fund allotments of most Sussex County legislators....
The vision is to eventually make the complex self-supporting, with revenue generated by membership dues, admission fees, gift shop and online sales, event rentals, special shows, and donations. An endowment fund has also been established.
Supporters of the project believe it can be a regional attraction that will, among other things, lure tourists from the nearby shore resorts.
Coastal Point | December 9, 2016
Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.
For those of you unaware of just how significant this project really is, consider that Delaware First Lady Carla Markell serves as chair of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) Advisory Board. The DBG has already raised $500,000 for the project, and the Longwood Foundation has donated another $750,000. Famed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf will create a native meadowland on the 37-acre site, and it will include a visitor center, pavilion, outdoor classrooms, demonstration gardens, eco-friendly parking, a wedding and special-event site and more.
This is a big deal.
“I think [the Longwood] grant really inspired everybody and put this cause on the map,” said Markell. “This [public/private partnership] is what Delaware is all about.”
The plan is to open in 2019 with the first round of plantings and structures, and the DBG has a 99-year lease on the land from Sussex County Land Trust, at a cost of $1 annually. So, yes, this project is very real, and getting ready to take form.
We are excited for the DBG — not only as a source of recreation and education for the community, but also as yet another shining example of how a community with a dream can create a reality through hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to all at DBG. Your hard work is paying off.
Governor Markell, Carla Markell, political leaders, donors and supporters, gardeners, design and construction team members, the DBG board and Advisory Council, volunteers, and press all assembled at the site on December 1 to launch the garden's first phase. For more information, see News Releases. Thanks to our photographers: Ken Arni, Ray Bojarski, Jamie Pruitt of Bancroft Construction Company, and Diane Maddex.
Letters from Camp Rehoboth
September 16, 2016
If you worry, as I do at times, that Sussex County is being paved over from stem to stern, then take heart in a band of residents creating a very different future on a former farm west of Bethany Beach.
These stalwarts are trans- forming 37 acres of fields, forest, and marsh into the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, to showcase the distinctive but under- appreciated flora and fauna of the coastal plain. Hard work and high-end design talent are moving their gleam in the eye toward launching a public garden with year-round beauty and inspiration for locals and tourists alike.
When fleshed out with thousands of mostly native plants, the site—near Dagsboro on Pepper Creek off Indian River Bay—will host a meadow garden by a star designer, woodland laced with footpaths, display and demonstration gardens, pond, amphitheater, and, embosomed between woods and fields, a striking visitor center. A full menu for a wide audience—from kids giggling through their first immersion in nature to seasoned plant-lovers who can rattle off all those Latin horticultural names.
Courtesy Camp Rehoboth | www.camprehoboth.com | Piet Oudolf meadow photograph by Heather Edwards, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, U.K.Read More
Construction to include stormwater garden, minimal buildings
By Maddy Lauria | Jun 01, 2016 | Cape Gazette
Plans are moving forward on the multimillion-dollar Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, which hopes to awe audiences before they even park their cars.
At a recent board meeting, experts behind the project unveiled a conceptual plan for the garden, which includes a specially designed parking lot with a stormwater-fed garden leading visitors to meadow trails and woodland paths.
Ted Flato of Texas-based Lake Flato Architects Inc., said the project will bring together three ecosystems – shaded woodlands, a sunny meadow and waterways.
“So really, just two steps and a turn to the right and you're in another world,” Flato said. “It is an amazing piece of land, and this is really a great use of the land.”Read More
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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