Welcome to this site in celebration of a beautiful new public garden in historic Old New Castle, Delaware. It is located behind The Dutch House at 32 East Third St, Old New Castle, DE 19720. Directions

The garden is home to over 200 different species of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses. They are all North American native plants and almost every one is native to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Many are native to Delaware.

If you would like to schedule a guided tour, please contact The New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) and spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Yellow trout lily and spring beauty in bloom on April 14th. Take a walk through the woods now to delight in the fleeting beauty of the spring wildflowers in their native habitat.
Delaware Nature Society will be having their native plant sale the end of this month.

Partridge berry(Mitchella repens)

Partridge berry and trout lily on a stream bank.

Snake posing with christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

This little snake - garter I think - seemed more curious than afraid and posed for me with the chrismas fern and the trout lily.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

While walking through the woods yesterday I was delighted to see this beautiful native wildflower in bloom. Here is a link to a page with discussion of the plants biology, traditional use and purported medicinal value. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a site rich with information on native plants. There are searchable databases that can be queried by state, bloom color, bloom time along with other parameters. So, if you see a wildflower growing in the woods, you can query this database to identify the plant and find links there to plant growers offering it for sale. Or if you are planning a native plant garden, you can access recommended plant lists for your region.
During this same walk I saw spicebush in bloom, communities of trout lily, mayapple and spring beauty on the higher elevations and impressive stands of the beautiful skunk cabbage on the moist lower elevations.

Lindera benzoin (spicebush)


Spring beauty, mayapple and trout lily

Spring beauty

Trout lily

Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbage

Spring beauty

Spring beauty