Trader joins Delaware Botanic Gardens staff as grand opening approaches

On Aug. 1, Brian W. Trader, Ph.D. became the deputy executive director and director of horticulture at the Delaware Botanic Garden (DBG) in Dagsboro. He was greeted with cheers from the volunteers and the executive team who have been eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Brian Trader is a veteran of Longwood Gardens, having served there as director of domestic and international studies. DBG President Ray Sander pointed out that Brian has been at Longwood Gardens for almost 10 years as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of future horticultural leaders. DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed said, “We welcome Brian, who has an excellent background, is a passionate leader and a practical horticultural expert.”

A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Trader said, “As a Delmarva native, I’m excited to join this passionate Delaware Botanic Gardens team as we open the new gardens for our coastal communities. I invite others to join our volunteer team and invite you to attend our grand opening.”

He said he is looking forward to the September 2019 grand opening of the DBG. Upcoming grand opening events include:

Thursday, Sept. 12 — Grand Opening Dinner at the Gardens in Dagsboro from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships available on the DBG website at;

· Monday, Sept. 16 — Public Grand Opening from 9 a.m. to noon;

· Thursday, Sept. 19 — The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the public Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at 1 p.m. with Chamber of Commerce.

The gardens will be open to the public 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16 through Sept. 18, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. There will be special events each day to celebrate the weeklong public opening. The address is 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro.

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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