Delaware Botanic Gardens Opens for 2023
Ray Sander, President of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) at Pepper Creek, announced that the 37-acre botanic gardens near Dagsboro will open for the 2023 season at 9 a.m. on Thursday March 16th. Sander said, “We are excited to have been presented the 2022 ‘Best Attraction” award by Southern Delaware Tourism. DBG staff and volunteers have been working all fall-winter creating new features for guests to enjoy in a safe natural outdoor environment. In the five main gardens – Rhyne Garden, Piet Oudolf Meadow Garden, Learning Garden, Folly Garden and Woodlands Garden we now have over 200,000 spring bulbs. Welcome back for another season of natural beauty and experience the gardens and wildlife spring to life again.”
Stephen Pryce Lea, Director of Horticulture and Educational Programs said, “Thanks to a mild winter and a hard-working team, we have made great progress in the gardens. We planted 86,000 additional spring bulbs this fall, adding to a spectacular spring display to welcome our guests back to the gardens. We also planted 1,683 native sapling trees on the berm facing Piney Neck Road and thank the Delaware Urban Community Forestry (UCF) for these trees. In addition, in the West Woodlands, along our wide ADA compatible walking trails, we are planting 183 new trees thanks to the Trees For Every Delawarean Initiative (TEDI). I invite you to get involved. We are planning a new Gateway Garden to greet our guests and thank the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). On our website is a list of our 2023 educational Tours and Classes. For example, on Saturday, March 18th at 2 p.m. I will give a Guided Spring Bulb Tour; and on Thursday, March 30th at 11:30 a.m. Jan Poli, DBG designer, will give a spring planters class. You can sign-up now at delawaregardens.org.”
Sheryl Swed, DBG Executive Director said, “We have new features, like the expanded succulent garden surrounding a new brick fireplace in the Folly Garden, and an expanded list of DBG 2023 learning opportunities. You can also become involved by becoming a member or join our wonderful team of DBG volunteers. Come see how the gardens are expanding. Please join us, as we welcome spring. A special delight, Vincent Varrassi, DBG’s Musician in Residence, will help us welcome spring by playing the keyboard from 9 a.m. to noon on opening day.”
The Delaware Botanic Gardens are open to the public on Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there are guided tours at 10 a.m. You can register for guided tours in advance on the DBG website or if there is room on the day of your visit. Go to www.delawaregardens.org. The DBG is located at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro, DE 19939. Members admission is free, and tours/classes are $10. Nonmembers adult admission is $15, and tours/classes are $10. Children16 and have free admission.
The mission of the Delaware Botanic Gardens is to create a world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all.