Delaware Botanic Gardens’ Swed honored

Ray Sander, president of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG), announced this week that DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed has been honored in the Annual Women in Business feature in the December issue of Delaware Today magazine.

“Sheryl was selected as one of the 41 Delaware women leaders representing a wide range of business enterprises,” Sander said. “It is a great honor for DBG and Sheryl to be included with these other outstanding leaders and their organizations.”

Carla Markell, the chair of the Delaware Botanic Gardens Advisory Council noted, “Our state has many outstanding leaders who by their dedication and commitment make their organizations successful. I am particularly impressed with the outstanding group of women leaders recognized this year by Delaware Today. It is an honor to have worked with Sheryl in her role as executive director of the Delaware Botanic Gardens. This project is a great credit to our state, and Sheryl’s drive and determination are making it happen.”

Swed, a University of Delaware graduate, lives in Bethany Beach. She is a founding member of the DBG Board and was recognized by Delaware Today for her professional accomplishments, leadership and vision at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro.

Upon receiving the news of her selection, Swed said, “I am grateful to members of the DBG Board and to the many people who have helped to move this legacy garden forward. The project is a success because of all of us, not just any one of us. Creating the garden from scratch is a team effort. We are all pulling together to get us to our 2019 public opening.”

The 37-acre DBG will open the garden gates to the public in September 2019. The jewel in the crown in the gardens is the 2-acre Piet Oudolf Meadow Garden. Since 2012, Swed has been involved with every aspect of the start-up public garden, from the beginning. The mission of the gardens is to create an inspirational, educational and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. “The Delaware Botanic Gardens will celebrate the coastal plain with a sustainable garden that delights and educates visitors and inspires them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscape.”

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