Delaware Botanic Gardens seeks funds for Meadow Garden

March 6, 2018

Delaware Botanic Gardens volunteers are beginning to get their boots wet as they survey their slowly waking gardens. The early daffodils are up. Gardeners everywhere will soon be planting.

Gregg Tepper, DBG director of horticulture, said, "With warmer temperatures arriving and increasing day length, I'm seeing many of the perennials planted last year in the Meadow Garden beginning to break the soil surface, showing that spring will soon be here."

The 2-acre Meadow Garden, designed by internationally known Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, is the jewel in the crown of the botanic gardens. When completely planted, this garden will have 70,000 herbaceous perennials and grasses.

DBG needs support for its next spring planting of 30,000 herbaceous perennials and grasses, which volunteers will lovingly plant by hand in late April and early May. Ray Sander, Delaware Botanic Gardens president, said, "We call on our Delmarva neighbors and friends to support the second phase of the planting of the Piet Oudolf Meadow Garden."

An account has been set up to accept donations for those wishing to contribute to the purchase of plants for the Meadow Garden. To contribute, go to

The mission of the gardens is to create an inspirational, educational and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. For more information, go to