Virtual Garden Contest

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Wilmington, DE The Delaware Center for Horticulturein partnership with our lead sponsor Discoverinvite all gardeners novice and expert alike to enter our Virtual Garden Contest celebrating the magic of gardening and nature. Taking a virtual approach to our City Gardens Contest model, all submissions will be taken electronically, expanding the reach of the contest, and gardeners of all ages are encouraged to participate with our children’s garden option. The contest is open now and will run through July 31.

During this time of social distancing, people are turning to nature and gardening for inspiration and healing. Many people are starting their own Victory Gardens growing vegetables and herbs, while others are spending more time outdoors tending to their spring flowers,” said Vikram Krishnamurthy, DCH’s Executive Director. “Even those with no outdoor space have created their own indoor oases with an array of house plants. We want to celebrate these spaces for healing and transformation, and so we encourage individuals, families with or without children, and businesses to enter for a chance to win.

The contest includes three categories flower garden, vegetable garden, and houseplants. Childrens’ gardens (12 and under) will be judged in separate groups per category. Everyone is eligible to enter, and entry to the contest is free. Only one entry form per household or business is allowed. Entries will be accepted untilJuly 31, 2020. Prizes will be awarded in September and include a free Household membership to DCH, a popular gardening book, and a certificate of achievement.All entries will be posted on our website for everyone to enjoy.Visit enter.

COVID-19 Advisory

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Like you, we are closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. As a facility accessed by the public, the health and safety of our community is a priority. With Governor Carney’s recent stayathome orderDCH’s facility will be closed to visitors and guests until Friday, May 15. We are also canceling or postponing all scheduled DCH programs, eventsand gatherings through May15, including our Annual Meeting and the 40th Rare Plant Auction®Please check our website’s home page, our calendar of events, and DCH’s social media channels on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information on cancellations and rescheduled dates.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call (302) 658-6262, and you will receive a response from one of our staff. Thank you for your understanding, and please take the necessary and recommended precautions to stay healthy and safe.

Delaware Naturally Summit

Thursday, March 12, 2020


Delaware Naturally: Spring Into Action! – A Summit Meeting of Delaware Conservationists and Call to Action

Delaware Agricultural Museum

866 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Delaware 19901

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join the Delaware Native Species Commission for this day-long summit meeting of conservationists and conservation-minded champions and enthusiasts to forge a new, collaborative partnership to protect Delaware’s flora and fauna.

Featured presenters include Collin O’Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, Doug Tallamy, author and professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and Delaware State Senator Stephanie Hansen. Roundtable discussions will identify impactful and collaborative conservation opportunities in both natural areas and built landscapes.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch included. For more information, call 302- 993-6368. Seating is limited. To register, visit

To attend the event as a member of the media, please contact Jeff Downing by March 23 at (302) 239-8811.

2020 Landscaping and Horticulture Job Fair presented by DCH and DNLA

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Where: Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 North Dupont Street, Wilmington

When: Monday, January 27, 2020, 4-7 p.m.

Why: Join the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association for our 2020 Job Fair for the landscaping and horticulture industry. All job seekers are encouraged to come and meet with employers hiring for the 2020 season. DNLA-member businesses and employers looking to hire qualified workers for the 2020 season will be on site. DCH will also be accepting applications for its 2020 Branches to Chances (BtC) Green Jobs Training Program for unemployed, underemployed, and/or previously incarcerated men and women in Delaware. 

For more information on BtC, visit

2nd Annual Wilmington Tree Giveaway Sold Out Success

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wilmington, DE – At the 2nd Annual Wilmington Tree Giveaway, the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) gave away 125 trees to city residents to plant at their homes and in their gardens. The event was made possible through the generous support of the Rockford Woodlawn Fund and community outreach through Westside Grows.

“We are so proud to be a part of this vital partnership with the Rockford Woodlawn Fund for a second year in a row,” said Vikram Krishnamurthy, DCH’s Executive Director. “One of the most important aspects of this program is the fact that it utilizes private property for the tree plantings, which is crucial to achieving our overall tree canopy goals in the city of Wilmington. It is the enthusiasm of everyone involved, especially the city residents who adopt our trees, that makes this event such a success, and we can’t wait to see what next year brings.”

Over 100 city households participated in the Tree Giveaway, resulting in the planting of more than 125 free trees on private property throughout the city. This program has become an integral piece of DCH’s Community Forestry program in the month of April as it works to build awareness around the importance of trees to our water, air, and soil quality so close to Arbor Day. This year’s tree pick-up location was Tilton Park on the corner of 8th and Broom Streets, and the event was open to all city residents. Recipients submitted applications to Sam Seo, DCH’s community forester, providing contact and residency information, ensuring 100 percent of the trees stayed within city limits. Participants could choose up to two trees and choose from a selection of fig, apple, plum, pluot, and black gum varieties. The pick-up location was staffed by DCH and Westside Grows volunteers.

“Working with the Delaware Center for Horticulture to have the trees available for Wilmington residents and see the phenomenal response from the residents has been very rewarding,” said Vernon Green, Rockford Woodlawn Fund’s Chief Operating Officer. “Rockford Woodlawn Fund is happy to have been a part of this very successful program over these past two years.”