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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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rhododendron 'Marydel' (decid azalea or coastal azalea) 3-4'h, fragrant pink flower May, red fall color, part sun, moist well drained acidic soil, this naturally occuring hybrid found in MD and thought to be a cross between atlanticum and periclymenoides which are native to DE and several mid-Atlantic and south east states of US

The dark pink flower buds of the 'Marydel' deciduous azalea are very pretty now on the last day of April. Here is an article by Dick Bir Fletcher of North Carolina State University wherein he states that Marydel is actually a pink flowering form of atlanticum and not a cross with periclymenoides. He also mentions that the native azaleas are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

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