Brian Trader joins botanic gardens as director of horticulture

Dagsboro site to open to public Sept. 16
August 21, 2019

The Delaware Botanic Gardens recently announced that Brian W. Trader, PhD, has joined its staff as deputy executive director and director of horticulture. He was greeted with cheers from the volunteers and executive team who have been eagerly awaiting his arrival. Trader is a veteran of Longwood Gardens, having served there as director of domestic and international studies.

DBG President Ray Sander said Trader has been at Longwood Gardens for almost 10 years as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of future horticultural leaders.

DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed said, “We welcome Brian, who has an excellent background, is a passionate leader and a practical horticultural expert.”

A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Trader said, “As a Delmarva native, I’m excited to join this passionate Delaware Botanic Gardens team as we open the new gardens for our coastal communities. I invite others to join our volunteer team and invite you to attend our grand opening.”

The gardens will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, Sept. 16 to 18, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. There will be special events each day to celebrate the public opening. The address is 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro.

The Delaware Botanic Gardens mission is to create an inspirational, educational, and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The Delaware Botanic Gardens will celebrate the coastal plain with a sustainable garden that delights and educates visitors, and inspires them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscape. For more information, go to