Botanic gardens offers free Mother’s Day entry

Nonperishable goods to benefit FBD hunger relief efforts
May 4, 2021

Delaware Botanic Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, with free admission for those who bring a nonperishable food item to support the Food Bank of Delaware.

“We want to thank our community and supporters by celebrating Mother’s Day with free admission Sunday, May 9, with a donation of food. We all recognize the continuing need for food assistance here in our region. We ask that you bring a nonperishable food donation when you join us to celebrate Mother’s Day. We will deliver the food donations to the Food Bank of Delaware. This is a win-win-win opportunity. Our visitors will win by experiencing the beauty of the Delaware Botanic Gardens on Mother’s Day. The families in our region will win with the generous donations of food from our visitors. We all win with a celebration of the American Public Gardens Association’s week-long celebration of Go Public Gardens Days,” said Ray Sander, DBG president.

“Mother’s Day in the garden is a beautiful way to celebrate the love that day evokes. Please come and enjoy the blessings of nature, and use this opportunity to share some much-needed food with those in need,” said Sheryl Swed, DBG executive director. 

“Mother’s Day at the Delaware Botanic Gardens will be a great opportunity to share spring blooms, nature walks and serenity with loved ones,” said Stephen Pryce Lea, DBG head of horticulture.

Delaware Food Bank priority food items include hot and cold cereals, peanut butter, canned fruits, canned meats, 8 oz. shelf-stable milk, canned vegetables and spaghetti sauce.

COVID-19 restrictions are in place at the gardens, and advance reservations are required.

For more information and to make advance reservations for free admission, go to or call 302-321-9061.

Delaware Botanic Gardens is located at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro.

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