Editorial – Botanic Gardens an example of determination

Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

For those of you unaware of just how significant this project really is, consider that Delaware First Lady Carla Markell serves as chair of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) Advisory Board. The DBG has already raised $500,000 for the project, and the Longwood Foundation has donated another $750,000. Famed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf will create a native meadowland on the 37-acre site, and it will include a visitor center, pavilion, outdoor classrooms, demonstration gardens, eco-friendly parking, a wedding and special-event site and more.

This is a big deal.

“I think [the Longwood] grant really inspired everybody and put this cause on the map,” said Markell. “This [public/private partnership] is what Delaware is all about.”

The plan is to open in 2019 with the first round of plantings and structures, and the DBG has a 99-year lease on the land from Sussex County Land Trust, at a cost of $1 annually. So, yes, this project is very real, and getting ready to take form.

We are excited for the DBG — not only as a source of recreation and education for the community, but also as yet another shining example of how a community with a dream can create a reality through hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to all at DBG. Your hard work is paying off.