New Deputy Executive Director and Director of Horticulture Joins Delaware Botanic Gardens staff as Grand Opening Approaches

For immediate release August 5, 2019

On August 1, 2019, Brian W. Trader, Ph.D. became the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Horticulture at the Delaware Botanic Garden (DBG) in Dagsboro, DE.  He was greeted with cheers from the volunteers and executive team who have been eagerly awaiting his arrival.

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Brian Trader is a veteran of Longwood Gardens having served there as Director of Domestic and International studies.  DBG President Ray Sander pointed out that Brian has been at Longwood Gardens for almost ten years as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of future horticultural leaders.  DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed said, “We welcome Brian who has an excellent background, is a passionate leader and a practical horticultural expert.”

A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Dr. Trader said, “As a Delmarva native, I’m excited to join this passionate Delaware Botanic Gardens team as we open the new gardens for our coastal communities.  I invite others to join our volunteer team and invite you to attend our Grand Opening.”

He said he is looking forward to the September 2019 Grand Opening of the DBG.  Upcoming Grand Opening events include:

·      Thursday, September 12 – Grand Opening Dinner at the Gardens in Dagsboro from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Tickets and sponsorships available on the DBG website at

·      Monday, September 16 – Public Grand Opening from 9:00am to noon

·      Thursday, September 19 – The gardens will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm with the public Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at 1:00pm with Chamber of Commerce.

The gardens will be open to the public 9:00am to noon September 16 through September 18 and 9:00am to 3:00pm September 19.  There will be special events each day to celebrate the weeklong public opening.  The address is 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

The mission of the Gardens is to create an inspirational, educational, and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all.  The Delaware Botanic Gardens will celebrate the coastal plain with a sustainable garden that delights and educates visitors and inspires them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscape.