The Delaware Botanic Gardens hosted its annual fundraising dinner Sept. 6. It was the first time the event was held at the gardens’ home – a 37-acre forest and former soybean field outside Dagsboro that runs along Pepper Creek.
Delaware Botanic Gardens President Raymond Sander said $160,000 was raised from tickets sales, sponsorships and a $101,000 challenge match.
The event’s honorary co-chairs were Chuck and Annette Pennoni of Pennoni Associates. Sander credited Pennoni with doing all the engineering work for the gardens “when there weren’t two nickels to rub together.”
During a recognition of volunteers, Director of Horticulture Gregg Tepper said there had been 8,005 volunteer hours to date since 2016.
The anticipated opening of the garden to the public is September 2019.