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Delaware Botanic Gardens Raise $60,000 with Grassroots Efforts

“The green-minded organizers of Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek say the project is on track to welcome visitors in spring 2017. But the gardens need continuing financial support, board member Peter Carter said Sept. 3 at the group’s second farm dinner fundraiser at Good Earth Market & Organic Farm near Bethany Beach.

“We’re very proud of the direction we’re going,” he said. “We know the garden is going to be outstanding and beautiful, but we have to get the garden first.”

The first farm dinner raised $45,000 for the multimillion-dollar project, and this year’s event brought in an additional $60,000 with more than 100 attendees enjoying catered cuisine from SoDel Concepts under a lamp-lit tent on the rustic Sussex County farm.

Garden supporters also had a chance to get a glimpse at the new site plan, courtesy of more than $140,000 in pro bono planning work by Pennoni Associates Inc., with the help of renowned landscape architect Rodney Robinson, who joined the planning team earlier this year.

“It’s a garden full of transitions,” Robinson said, pointing out a new design that leaves natural woodlands nearly untouched and invites visitors to experience the natural change in flora from woods to waterfront…”

(Excerpt pulled from September 2015 issue of the Cape Gazette.)