Longwood Gardens interns visit Delaware Botanic Gardens


Longwood Garden students on the mound at DBG with garden hosts.

Special to the Coastal Point • Ray Bojarski

On June 21, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) hosted 25 student interns from Longwood Gardens.

DBG President Ray Sander said, “Longwood is the gold standard of public gardens. We have all been inspired by Longwood Gardens. The Longwood Foundation’s generous and creative philanthropy empowered the DBG project in 2015. Now DBG’s relationship with the Longwood excellence has an additional connection with the timely help from these future leaders trained at Longwood Gardens. We are sincerely thankful for Longwood Gardens and their students.”

DBG had just received 30,000 new plants the day before the Longwood students visited DBG. DBG Director of Horticulture Gregg Tepper welcomed the students and conducted a tour of the gardens. Then the students went to work weeding the garden to prepare for planting and then transferred plants from the temporary nursery to the lower section of the Meadow.

“Such talented young people with boundless enthusiasm!” Tepper observed. “They worked hard and made a significant contribution!”

DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed thanked Longwood’s director of domestic and international studies, Brian W. Trader, and Tepper for their leadership in making the working visit possible.

“I wanted to thank you for your hospitality and for engaging with our students,” Trader said. “You should be proud of the progress, and I look forward to returning in the fall. Congratulations!”

The mission of the Delaware Botanic Gardens is “to create an inspirational, educational, and sustainable public garden in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The Delaware Botanic Gardens celebrates the coastal plain with a sustainable garden that delights and educates visitors and inspires them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscape.” For further information on the Delaware Botanic Gardens, go to www.delawaregardens.org.