Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek announced that veterans showing military ID cards will receive free admission on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, in appreciation for their military service to the country. Other guests who bring food donations for Food Bank of Delaware also will enter free.
Ray Sander, DBG president, said, “We are thankful for all who have served our nation in uniform, and we also thank those in our community who recognize the food needs of our neighbors in a challenging time.”
Fall harvest decorations, including the 9-foot DBG Sea Witch and Woodlands Discovery Trail with animal creatures will remain on display through Sunday, Nov. 20, when the gardens close for the season.
“We are thankful for the past generosity of our guests who donated food for the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Sheryl Swed, DBG executive director.
The list of needed food items includes: applesauce, cranberry sauce, oatmeal, cold cereals, pudding mix, canned pumpkin, graham cracker pie crust, canned gravy, rice, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing, hearty soups, corn muffin mix, canned sweet potatoes and yams, canned peas and green beans, 100% fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and evaporated milk.
“This has been a record-setting 2022 season, and we thank all who have visited and supported the gardens this year. We look forward to seeing you next spring,” said Swed.
Stephen Pryce Lea, DBG director of horticulture and education programs, said, “I want our friends to know that we will have a major spring bulb display to share when we reopen on March 16, 2023. We are presently planting 60,000 new spring bulbs in the 2-acre Piet Oudolf Meadow Garden. These new bulbs are added to the 84,000 bulbs already planted for a total of 144,000 spring bulbs in the meadow. We invite our neighbors to come back this coming spring for this wonderful new colorful display of spring bulbs.”
Located at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro, DBG is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome.
Admission is $15 for nonmembers. Children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
To make reservations, go to delawaregardens.org.