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 8, 2012

Fothergilla gardenii

Fothergilla gardenii (dwarf fothergilla) deciduous shrub, 3-5'h, white flowers in spring before the leaves emerge, showy orange/yellow/red fall color, full to part sun, moist well drained acidic soil, native to southeast US

"The genus name honours Dr John Fothergill (1712-1780), an English Quaker physician whose 18th-century Essex garden included one of the earliest, most extensive collections of North American indigenous plants. Fothergill was the patron of William Bartram's botanical explorations of southeastern North America and he corresponded with other early botanists exploring the New World flora, including Dr Alexander Garden (1730-1791). Garden, a Scottish physician and zoologist, settled in Charleston, South Carolina in 1752 and for more than twenty years devoted his spare time to collecting regional flora and fauna, corresponding with and sending specimens to John Ellis in London and Linnaeus in Sweden. Garden is responsible for first discovering Fothergilla, collecting and describing the species we now know as F. gardenii, and introducing it to England by 1765."

The above paragraph is from a document by Rick Darke titled Fothergilla in cultivation rich in details about this lovely and garden worthy plant.

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