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Planting a tree is as good for you as it is for the planet. Help spread the benefits of trees to all Delawareans.

From digging the hole to standing back and admiring your own hard work, the entire process of planting a tree is physically, mentally, and emotionally beneficial. The benefits of more tree cover and its impact on our environment and community are enormous. Simply put, your single act of digging in the dirt can have positive impacts for generations.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture has strategically planted 18,148 urban trees: an average of over 400 trees per year in areas where their benefits have the most impact. As one of our core greening efforts, DCH’s Community Forestry program partners with cities, neighborhoods, businesses and volunteers to plant trees where they are needed most. As we experience the impacts of climate change from rising temperatures to storms and floods, investing in our tree infrastructure has never been more important than right now.

Your contribution* to DCH’s 2023 Do More 24 campaign will support our efforts to plant more trees and spread their benefits to everyone in Delaware for decades to come.

*Proceeds from Do More 24 benefit DCH’s greening and education programs.

DCH is the only nonprofit membership organization in Delaware that mobilizes and inspires community greening statewide in urban and suburban environments. By inspiring an appreciation for improving our environment through horticulture, education, and conservation, we have become a leader in improving and beautifying communities by harnessing the power of our members, volunteers, and staff to go out and make a difference. Our members come from Delaware and the surrounding region and bring with them a passion for plants only matched by that of our staff members. With more than 600 active and dedicated volunteers annually, we have a tremendous amount of community support, which allows us to accomplish the impossible.

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Thank you so much to Longwood Gardens and Davey Tree for allowing us to visit, learn, grow, and develop skills that we have not yet mastered. In week five of our Branches to Chances class of 2024, we got a behind the scenes look at Longwood on there day to day operations. Davey Tree gave us insight on pruning and climbing trees properly, we can't wait to put these skills to use! We will continue to grow and learn throughout this process. Be sure to keep updated with our progress and weekly reviews! Longwood Gardens The Davey Tree Expert Company

A huge thank you to those who support and make this program possible.
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Thank you so much to Longwood Gardens and Davey Tree for allowing us to visit, learn, grow, and develop skills that we have not yet mastered. In week five of our Branches to Chances class of 2024, we got a behind the scenes look at Longwood on there day to day operations. Davey Tree gave us insight on pruning and climbing trees properly, we cant wait to put these skills to use! We will continue to grow and learn throughout this process. Be sure to keep updated with our progress and weekly reviews! Longwood Gardens The Davey Tree Expert Company 

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A HUGE shoutout to the amazing volunteers from Amazon who dedicated their time and hard work at the E.D. Robinson Urban Farm last week! Your help has truly made a difference in our community and has transformed our planting beds.

Thank you, PHL1 Black Employee Network (BEN) Amazon’s Flagship Warehouse in New Castle, DE

#UrbanFarming #VolunteerPower #CommunityLove #Delaware #WilmingtonDE
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A HUGE shoutout to the amazing volunteers from Amazon who dedicated their time and hard work at the E.D. Robinson Urban Farm last week! Your help has truly made a difference in our community and has transformed our planting beds. 

Thank you, PHL1 Black Employee Network (BEN) Amazon’s Flagship Warehouse in New Castle, DE

#UrbanFarming #VolunteerPower #CommunityLove #Delaware #WilmingtonDEImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

🌸🌼 April is blooming with exciting events! Mark your calendars and get ready for a jam-packed schedule of fun and festivities. ... See MoreSee Less

🌸🌼 April is blooming with exciting events! Mark your calendars and get ready for a jam-packed schedule of fun and festivities.

We are starting to see beautiful spring colors here at DCH! While we are under construction, our back garden space is still open to enjoy. Come stop by to see some of these amazing beauties up close!

What are these stunning plants? Check out down below!

Lenten Rose - Helleborus
The leaves of a Lenten Rose are evergreen!

Daffodil - Narcissus pseudonarcissus
March babies, this is your flower!
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We are starting to see beautiful spring colors here at DCH! While we are under construction, our back garden space is still open to enjoy. Come stop by to see some of these amazing beauties up close! 

What are these stunning plants? Check out down below! 

Lenten Rose - Helleborus
The leaves of a Lenten Rose are evergreen! 

Daffodil - Narcissus pseudonarcissus
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You won't want to miss Dig It: A Rare Plant Auction®! Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the rare plants available at our April auction. Our first highlight is the Historic du Pont Buckeye, Aesculus x dupontii.

This native relative of the horse chestnut is tied to the early years of the du Pont family in America, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, and Antoine Biderman, his son-in-law and business associate.

Famed botanist and former director of the Arnold Arboretum, Professor Charles Sprague Sargent, recalls the first time he saw this unusual hybrid tree was in 1923, on a visit to Eleutherian Mills, the original du Pont estate. He described and named it Aesculus x dupontii, a new species, the following year in The Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Remnants of this original tree, seen by Sargent, can still be found in front of the mansion at Eleutherian Mills (now part of the Hagley Museum).

Aesculus x dupontii is a natural hybrid between two North American natives, Aesculus neglecta var. georgiana and A. pavia. It bears lovely clusters of pink and yellow flowers in late April to early May. Unlike the common European horse chestnut, the du Pont buckeye has clean disease-free foliage through the summer that colors in autumn to maroon red. It will make a fine shade tree of grand proportions with the potential to reach 90 feet! Despite these attributes, it has never been propagated and shared, until now!

In recent years, the original tree (nearly 200 years old) had to be cut down for reasons of safety, but it sprouted from the stump. This seedling, available at this event, is grown from the first crop of seeds produced by the maturing sprout. The du Pont buckeye is historic, deeply rooted in local history, and unavailable anywhere else. Donated by Hagley Museum and Library.

*Pictured is the original du Pont Buckeye, Aesculus x dupontii at Hagley Museum and Library, and two mature examples of this tree species.

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You wont want to miss Dig It: A Rare Plant Auction®! Over the next few weeks, well be highlighting some of the rare plants available at our April auction. Our first highlight is the Historic du Pont Buckeye, Aesculus x dupontii.

This native relative of the horse chestnut is tied to the early years of the du Pont family in America, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, and Antoine Biderman, his son-in-law and business associate. 

Famed botanist and former director of the Arnold Arboretum, Professor Charles Sprague Sargent, recalls the first time he saw this unusual hybrid tree was in 1923, on a visit to Eleutherian Mills, the original du Pont estate.  He described and named it Aesculus x dupontii, a new species, the following year in The Journal of the Arnold Arboretum.  Remnants of this original tree, seen by Sargent, can still be found in front of the mansion at Eleutherian Mills (now part of the Hagley Museum).  

Aesculus x dupontii is a natural hybrid between two North American natives, Aesculus neglecta var. georgiana and A. pavia. It bears lovely clusters of pink and yellow flowers in late April to early May.  Unlike the common European horse chestnut, the du Pont buckeye has clean disease-free foliage through the summer that colors in autumn to maroon red.  It will make a fine shade tree of grand proportions with the potential to reach 90 feet! Despite these attributes, it has never been propagated and shared, until now! 

In recent years, the original tree (nearly 200 years old) had to be cut down for reasons of safety, but it sprouted from the stump.  This seedling, available at this event, is grown from the first crop of seeds produced by the maturing sprout.  The du Pont buckeye is historic, deeply rooted in local history, and unavailable anywhere else.  Donated by Hagley Museum and Library. 

*Pictured is the original du Pont Buckeye, Aesculus x dupontii at Hagley Museum and Library, and two mature examples of this tree species. 

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February kicks off the recruitment for our next cohort of Branches to Chances Trainees. Earlier this month we hosted a trial workday in the DCH gardens to gauge the interest in the outdoor portion of our return to work program. Everyone that attended had a great time, and our back gardens look tidy in anticipation of spring.

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Early spring blooms provide a wonderful food source for pollinators. This public landscape has just the right warm, sunny conditions for early daffodils - perfect for a hungry bee.

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Say hello to Daisy Day! 🌼 Adding a splash of sunshine with every petal, these beauties spread positivity and joy. We hope to paint your feed with nature`s favorite smile today! #DaisyDay"

Check out these fun facts about this stunning flower!

1. Daisies can be found anywhere on Earth except for Antarctica!
2. Daisies are closely related to artichokes.
3. Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, loyalty, patience, and simplicity.
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