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Delmarva’s First Ever Botanic Garden Almost in Bloom in Sussex County



DAGSBORO, Del. – A former Dagsboro soybean field is being transformed into a state-of-the-art garden, and with thousands of hours in the making, the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek have come to life.

“We have 70,000 plants and grasses, and all of these grasses and plants were planted by volunteers over a year and a half time period,” said Executive Director Sheryl Swed.

The garden is a place for both inspiration and education. In the past year, the site has been adopted and transformed by the community through major expansion. 

“Since last year we have completed the learning center, which is the Dogfish learning center, which is a constructed wetland, to demonstrate to people the importance of our wetlands and the importance of clean water in our region,” explained President Ray Sander.

This garden was not planted by itself, but by the hands of volunteers.

With 24,000 hours and counting and in any type of weather, workers come out to transform this plot of land into a floral phenomenon.

“Again I go back to be apart when there was nothing here and knowing that we are getting ready to have our grand opening plus our grand opening fundraiser dinner in September, it’s like Christmas morning,” mentioned Vice President Carol McCloud.

The garden is always in need of more volunteers. If you are interested in learning more click here .

The first Botanic Gardens in the first state are eager to open their garden gates in September.

The garden is hosting it’s grand opening dinner September 12th and is set to open to the public on September 16th in Sussex County.

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