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.

Click on any of the photos for an enlarged view

Friday, December 16, 2011

native plant material swag

What could be prettier? These natural materials from the garden provide such elegant and effortless beauty for holiday decorating. Included here are cuttings from the following plants.
Juniperus virginiana 'Emerald Sentinal' (eastern red cedar)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Eupatorium hyssopifolium (thoroughwort)
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York ironweed)
Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' (wild bergamot or bee balm)
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (goldenrod)

In addition to providing beauty in the winter landscape, these berries and seedheads provide a great deal of food for wildlife. Knowing this makes eschewing a fall garden cutback even easier.

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