The Delaware Botanic Gardens, 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro, a 37-acre coastal garden along Pepper Creek, will open to the public the week of Sept. 16 with a series of special events, including an official ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Southern Delaware Tourism and partners at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

The gardens will be a flagship, educational and sustainable garden created for the benefit of all and will serve as a tourist and educational destination for the surrounding area. Designer Piet Oudolf created a two-acre Meadow Garden at DBG, the centerpiece of the property. The meadow is comprised of more than 70,000 plants and grasses. Adjacent to the Meadow Garden is the Woodland Garden where guests can take a 3/4 mile walk along paths bordering the banks of Pepper Creek. The Folly Garden is a coastal garden built on the site of the former 20th century farmhouse originally located on the property. The Learning Garden, sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery, is already being used to educate both students and the public about aquatic species and the importance of wetlands.

The opening week events include a grand opening dinner Sept. 12; guided tours and the release of ladybugs at the welcome center Sept. 16; guided tours Sept. 17; a lecture by Brian Trader, DBG director of Horticulture, on DBG’s mission and a lecture by Ray Sander, DBG president, on the creation of the gardens on Sept. 18; tours of the garden and a ribbon-cutting Sept. 19. For more on these events, visit

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