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Delaware Center for Horticulture Appoints New Executive Director

Delaware Center for Horticulture receives Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award

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.

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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!

 

Resources

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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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Annual Report 2023

Read the Delaware Center for Horticulture Annual Report from 2023.
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

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2012.

Annual Report 2011

Read DCH's Annual Report from 2011.

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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

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🌸🌼 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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