Delaware Botanic Gardens will offer three new opportunities for guests and members in October.
The gardens are regularly open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday to Sunday. Visitors must make a timed reservation for the day they plan to come. Admission is $12 for nonmembers; youth 16 and under enter free. To purchase tickets, go to delawaregardens.org/tickets.
Guided tours for groups of 10 people or fewer are available at 10 a.m., Thursday through Sunday for $10 plus the $12 admission fee for nonmembers. To purchase guided tour tickets, go to www.delawaregardens.org/guided-tours.
The gardens will open at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, so birding and photography enthusiasts can catch the morning bird songs, early mist and golden sunrise lighting.
Community days with free admission for Sussex County residents are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Delaware Botanic Gardens President Ray Sander said, "DBG is our community garden, and we want the public to enjoy the blessings of nature and relax outdoors.”
Due to DBG’s COVID-19 visiting guidelines, community day entries are limited to the first 200 guests making timed reservations for each day. To make reservations, go to delawaregardens.org/tickets and select Oct. 24 or 25 and the time of arrival.
Sheryl Swed, DBG executive director, said, "Please remember that all staff and guests are required to wear face masks, practice social distancing and follow safety guidelines." Restrooms are closed except for emergencies.
Swed said, "We welcome our guests and hope they enjoy the natural beauty of our gardens."
The mission of the Delaware Botanic Gardens is to create a world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in Southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The Delaware Botanic Gardens is at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro.
For membership information, go to delawaregardens.org/membership.