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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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.

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