The critical work DCH performs in communities throughout our cities and state is made possible by you – people dedicated to making a difference through the power of plants. We hope you will consider a donation to DCH and help us continue our work maintaining public landscapes and protecting the urban canopy in Delaware.

Rooted in Resilience: A Campaign for Community

The Delaware Center for Horticulture is blossoming, transforming its base in Wilmington into an urban oasis where everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy its gardens, learn about plants, and develop new skills. The October 18 groundbreaking marked Phase 1 of Rooted in Resilience: A Campaign for Community, a $3.5 million, two-phase initiative that will revitalize and reinterpret the gardens, and improve spaces for outdoor classroom and demonstration programs, rentals, and community events.  The Rooted in Resilience project will make it easier and safer for visitors to park in the DCH lot and cross North Dupont Street to access the buildings and grounds. The main entrance garden project was conceived and planned over the past two years, in cooperation with lead consultant Geoff Anderson of RAS Landscape Architects, the city of Wilmington, and the Delaware Department of Transportation. The Bissell garden is a gift from the family of the late Georgina “Gina” Bissell, a past president of the Garden Club of Wilmington, Garden Club of America, and a former DCH board member. The vibrant new garden will reinterpret the existing circle garden at the entrance, featuring native, pollinator, and drought-resistant plants. The entrance also blooms with a garden sponsored by the Garden Club of Wilmington. There will be a third garden in memory of Helen S. Richards, given by her family. The project also includes updated lighting from the street and inside the gardens, as well as bicycle racks and trail amenities that will enhance DCH’s welcome for guests. Construction by the Reybold Group is expected to be in full swing in January. 

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