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DCH Receives Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award

Delaware Center for Horticulture receives Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award

DCH receives grant from Bank of America

Delaware Center for Horticulture receives grant from Bank of America to Support Branches to Chances® Program and Delaware River Climate Corps

Celebrating the 2023 Graduates of Branches to Chances®

Delaware Center for Horticulture Celebrates the 2023 Graduates of the Branches to Chances® Return to Work Program

Planting trees at Collins Park with U.S. Senator Tom Carper and Orsted.

Planting Trees for Earth Day and Arbor Day

DCH has planned 6 events in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day ranging from corporate tree plantings to tree demonstrations with grade school children.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture Receives Grant from Delmarva Power through the Delaware Nature Society

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH), a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community through the power of plants, received a $10,000 grant from Delmarva Power through the Delaware Nature Society. The 2022 Delmarva Sustainable Communities Program grants are awarded to municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation.

Art is on the menu at The Chancery Market Food Hall & Bar

Guests will be surrounded by an artistic experience, both indoors and outdoors. The Delaware Center for Horticulture collaborated with 1313 North Market ownership on the overall planting concept for The Chancery Market’s 10,000-square-foot outdoor plaza in partnership with Sasaki Associates and Ruppert Landscape. With a focus on native plants, shrubs, perennials, and grasses, the plaza gardens will invoke a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, featuring attractive changes in color and texture throughout the seasons.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture Plants Native Meadow Garden with Discover Volunteers at Newark Center for Creative Learning

(Wilmington, DE) – The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) partnered with Discover, a digital banking and payment services company, to bring 15 volunteers to the Newark Center for Creative Learning (NCCL) school to plant a native meadow garden. The garden installation was designed to enhance the local Newark environment and provide additional learning opportunities to NCCL students.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture Receives Grant from Bank of America to Support Branches to Chances Program

The Delaware Center for Horticulture Receives Grant from Bank of America to Support Branches to Chances Program

TD Tree Days 2021 – Tree Planting at Banning Park

Delaware Center for Horticulture Selected to Partner with TD Tree Days to Enhance Urban Forest and the Community by Planting Trees in Wilmington.

Virtual Garden Contest Winners

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Wilmington, DE –  DCH’s Virtual Garden Contest Winners Announced Wilmington, DE – The Delaware Center for Horticulture, in partnership with event sponsor Discover, is proud to announce the winners of our first-ever Virtual Garden Contest....

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DCH has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America

Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH), a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community through the power of plants, has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America. The grant will help to support the organization’s Branches to Chances® horticultural job skills training and placement program, and the continuation of education and employment for participants through the support of the Delaware River Climate Corps.

 

 

How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree into Rich Soil

DNREC is also sponsoring a free Christmas tree recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH). All woodchips produced from the event will be used in the DCH gardens, Shearman Street community garden, and public landscapes throughout Wilmington. 

 

Winter Wonderland Weekend at The Delaware Center for Horticulture

 

The Delaware Center for Horticulture invites you to some festive fun! We’ll be holding our greenery sale, holiday bazaar, and Art loop opening Friday-Saturday. Make sure to visit on Saturday, because Santa is coming to town!

 

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Recommended Urban Trees

A helpful list and descriptions of recommended trees for the Wilmington, DE area.

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Fact Sheet

Identify the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle with this fact sheet.

Bare Root Method

Information on the bare root production method.

Backyard Invaders

Learn how to control invasive plants in your backyard.

ALB Beetle Detectives Fact Sheet

Get the facts on Asian Longhorned Beetles.

Annual reports

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2022 DCH Annual Appeal

Annual Report 2022

Read the Delaware Center for Horticulture Annual Report from 2022.

Annual Report 2020

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2020.

Annual Report 2019

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2019.

Annual Report 2017

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2017.

Annual Report 2014

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2014.

Annual Report 2013

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2013.

Annual Report 2012

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Annual Report 2011

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We continue our highlight of Mt. Zion on the last day of Black History Month in the hopes that you'll add this historic space to your list of DE places to visit. The cemetery holds so much history and is the final resting place of many notable people of color. There are many prominent historians, educators, veterans; all people of color who were not allowed to be buried in white cemeteries dating back to May 5, 1893.

A site that musicians regularly visit is the grave of Clifford Benjamin Brown (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956) who was an American jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer. Clifford's headstone is located at the front east side entrance next to the storage building and very much worth the visit. We recommend stopping by in early spring as the trees we planted will begin to bloom.

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We continue our highlight of Mt. Zion on the last day of Black History Month in the hopes that youll add this historic space to your list of DE places to visit. The cemetery holds so much history and is the final resting place of many notable people of color. There are many prominent historians, educators, veterans; all people of color who were not allowed to be buried in white cemeteries dating back to May 5, 1893. 

A site that musicians regularly visit is the grave of Clifford Benjamin Brown (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956) who was an American jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer. Cliffords headstone is located at the front east side entrance next to the storage building and very much worth the visit. We recommend stopping by in early spring as the trees we planted will begin to bloom.

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Today kicks off the first day of Branches to Chances®! Over the next 9 weeks, participants of our return to work program will learn about horticulture and landscaping topics, financial and computer literacy, safety, and get hands-on experience in the field.

A huge thank you to those that support and make this program possible.

Bank of America
City of Wilmington
Corteva
Discover
New Castle County
State of Delaware
WSFS
Wilmington Trust
Middle Run Foundation
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Today kicks off the first day of Branches to Chances®! Over the next 9 weeks, participants of our return to work program will learn about horticulture and landscaping topics, financial and computer literacy, safety, and get hands-on experience in the field.

A huge thank you to those that support and make this program possible.

Bank of America
City of Wilmington
Corteva
Discover
New Castle County
State of Delaware
WSFS
Wilmington Trust
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Congratulations and have fun learning about Horticulture 🌸

Yay!!! This is awesome! So exciting!

Excellent Environment and Excellent People 🙌🏿

Did you know that it is National Strawberry Day? Take a moment to celebrate the love for strawberries! Here are some photos of the strawberries we grew at our E.D. Robinson Urban Farm. Delicious and sweet!

What's not to love, want to learn more? Check out these facts below:

🍓Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family, both strawberries and roses are very similar plants.
🍓Strawberries can be a multitude of different colors. From white to pink.
🍓Vitamin C? Look no further, strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges!
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Did you know that it is National Strawberry Day? Take a moment to celebrate the love for strawberries! Here are some photos of the strawberries we grew at our E.D. Robinson Urban Farm. Delicious and sweet! 

Whats not to love, want to learn more? Check out these facts below:

🍓Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family, both strawberries and roses are very similar plants.
🍓Strawberries can be a multitude of different colors. From white to pink.
🍓Vitamin C? Look no further, strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges!Image attachmentImage attachment

Can you guess this bark from this giant tree? This beautiful tree gets lots of love throughout the year! Put your comments below!

Hint: This tree grows around 3ft per year!
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Can you guess this bark from this giant tree? This beautiful tree gets lots of love throughout the year! Put your comments below! 

Hint: This tree grows around 3ft per year!Image attachment

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The wait is over... if you guessed Tulip Poplar you are correct!

Chestnut Oak?

Black walnut

Tulip poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip Poplar?

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A quick walk from DCH brings you to our Gilpin and N Dupont St public landscape where you'll find spring bulbs emerging and the remnants of old seed pods. We adore the milkweed seedpods we found at this site.

Want to learn interesting facts about the Common Milkweed? Check out some of these cool facts this week and make sure to stop by our TD Bank public landscape for some in-person action!

Milkweed plants serve as a host for Monarch Butterflies.

Milkweed produces a milky latex substance that is poisonous to most wildlife. Butterflies have developed a resistance to this and Monarch Butterflies only feed on the leaves of the Milkweed Plant.

Did you know that Milkweed can be hypoallergic and used in pillows?

Following pollination, milkweed plants generate plump seed pods known as follicles. These pods are filled with minuscule seeds, each adorned with a collection of silky, downy hairs called the coma. As the follicles mature, they burst open, and the seeds are dispersed by the wind, carried away by their feathery plumes. The pappus, constituting the soft hairs of the coma, is hypoallergenic and exceptionally gentle. It can be utilized as a hypoallergenic filling for pillows, ensuring an allergy-free experience!

Two bags filled of ripe Milkweed pods around 40 pounds in total would be used to also fill life jackets during World War 2.
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A quick walk from DCH brings you to our Gilpin and N Dupont St public landscape where youll find spring bulbs emerging and the remnants of old seed pods. We adore the milkweed seedpods we found at this site. 

Want to learn interesting facts about the Common Milkweed? Check out some of these cool facts this week and make sure to stop by our TD Bank public landscape for some in-person action!

Milkweed plants serve as a host for Monarch Butterflies. 

Milkweed produces a milky latex substance that is poisonous to most wildlife. Butterflies have developed a resistance to this and Monarch Butterflies only feed on the leaves of the Milkweed Plant. 

Did you know that Milkweed can be hypoallergic and used in pillows? 

Following pollination, milkweed plants generate plump seed pods known as follicles. These pods are filled with minuscule seeds, each adorned with a collection of silky, downy hairs called the coma. As the follicles mature, they burst open, and the seeds are dispersed by the wind, carried away by their feathery plumes. The pappus, constituting the soft hairs of the coma, is hypoallergenic and exceptionally gentle. It can be utilized as a hypoallergenic filling for pillows, ensuring an allergy-free experience! 

Two bags filled of ripe Milkweed pods around 40 pounds in total would be used to also fill life jackets during World War 2.Image attachment

We're excited to welcome David Culp as our Celebrated Plant Expert for Dig it: A Rare Plant Auction.

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 25 years. Articles on David have appeared in Gardens Illustrated, Horticulture Magazine, and numerous other publications. He is the Principle of David L. Culp Designs and Owner of Brandywine Snowdrops.

David is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. David is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cavano's Perennials in Kingsville, MD. He is the author of the book The Layered Garden published by Timber Press. David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

David has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.

He is a recipient of many awards including the 2014 Garden Media Award from the Perennial Plant Association and the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit, as well as others. He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee.

Interested in attending Dig it? Visit our website here for more information and tickets: ow.ly/9KAP50Qy4cM
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Were excited to welcome David Culp as our Celebrated Plant Expert for Dig it: A Rare Plant Auction. 

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 25 years. Articles on David have appeared in Gardens Illustrated, Horticulture Magazine, and numerous other publications. He is the Principle of David L. Culp Designs and Owner of Brandywine Snowdrops.

David is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. David is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cavanos Perennials in Kingsville, MD. He is the author of the book The Layered Garden published by Timber Press. David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. 

David has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.

He is a recipient of many awards including the 2014 Garden Media Award from the Perennial Plant Association and the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit, as well as others. He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee.

Interested in attending Dig it? Visit our website here for more information and tickets: https://ow.ly/9KAP50Qy4cM

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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.

Thank you tdbank_us for sponsoring this site!
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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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