Botanic gardens hosts Frolic in the Folly

Early spring flowers in bloom, progress continues all around grounds
April 26, 2021

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Delaware Botanic Gardens
30220 Piney Neck Road
Dagsboro  Delaware  19939
United States

The Delaware Botanic Gardens recently hosted a Frolic in the Folly, and while the weather was a little windy, the sun was out, which brought to life the plants in bloom and set the stage for what the rest of the gardens will look like in coming months.

In addition to being a time for people to see what’s blooming, the April 16 frolic allowed supporters to see the most recent version of the Meadow Pavilion, which will serve as a large indoor gathering and classroom space.

Sheryl Swed, DBG executive director, said she was excited about the future project and its possibilities. It will house offices and be able to accommodate 300 people when it’s done, she said.

The frolic also served as the first public event for new Head of Horticulture Stephen Pryce Lea, who joined the team a little over a month ago. He was most recently director of garden operations at the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens in Philadelphia.

Lea said he’s looking forward to moving the gardens forward as planting varieties and garden areas continue to grow and expand. This is a magical place, with a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, he said.

The Delaware Botanic Gardens at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro, opened for the 2021 season in March. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday to Sunday. Admission is free for members and anyone under age 16. For nonmembers, the cost is $12 per person. Guided tours are available at 10 a.m., Thursdays and Saturdays at a cost of $10 per person. For more information and to make reservations, go to

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