The Delaware Botanic Gardens on Pepper Creek took a leap forward in its drive to become a landmark public garden in the region and a tourist destination for Delaware.

Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf arrived in Dagsboro after to oversee the planting of the first phase of the Delmarva Meadow at the Delaware Botanic Gardens. This is his first installation in the mid-Atlantic region.

For the DBG, Oudolf designed one of his perennial meadows using more than 65,000 plants, primarily native varieties. Gregg Tepper, DBG director of horticulture, noted that “butterflies, bluebirds and goldfinches arrived to the meadow while we were still planting — a great sign that the meadow will not only inspire and delight people, but will attract the birds, bees and other pollinators so essential to our gardens and to our farms on Delmarva.”

A series of videos documenting the planting of the meadow can be viewed at

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