Botanic gardens invite families to visit before close of season

Raymond Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG), announced this week that the DBG will be offering Family Days during November as they celebrate the last open month before “Closing the Garden Gates” for the winter season on Saturday, Nov. 30.

On Saturdays during November, the Gardens are offering a special $5 half-price entry fee for children ages 6 to 17, while children 5 or younger get free admission. Also, each Saturday, the first 10 children ages 6 to 12 to arrive will receive a free DBG custom T-shirt, while supplies last.

The Delaware Botanic Gardens are open Wednesday through Saturday from now until Nov. 23.  DBG’s last open day is Saturday, Nov. 30, with hours of 9 a.m. until noon. Guests are being invited to stay until 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 to enjoy a glass of holiday cheer with the DBG board, staff and volunteers.

“There is still much to enjoy this fall as the 2-acre Piet Oudolf Meadow of 70,000 plants and grasses goes deep into their fifth season,” Sander said. “This is the time when perennials begin to rest for the winter. The 12-acre Woodland Garden is in great autumn color, with hundreds of hollies now prominently visible in the understory. Pepper Creek is running cold and brisk. The native grasses throughout the gardens dance to the rhythm of the wind. It is the Gardens’ last hurrah before winter.”

For more information, contact Brent Baker by phone or text to (508) 277-1750 or email

The gardens are located at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro. To sign-up for daily 10 a.m. guided tours, go to the website at Tours cost $10 per person, plus admission

After the first of the year, they will be announcing the reopening date and a series of programs for 2020. Members of the public can sign up on the website for notices, at