A new world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden

Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek in southern Delaware opened to the public in 2019. An ecologically based design ethic guided the planning process for the 37-acre site. Partnering with architects Lake/Flato, and the renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf, RAS developed the site master plan and initial concepts for the entry and arrival sequence, parking, buildings, and meadow garden. The gardens showcase the rich diversity of plants that occur naturally or are well suited to growing conditions in the Delmarva Coastal region. The Visitor Parking lot features stormwater best management practices including permeable crushed shell paving and a central rain garden feature.

Photo Credit: Ray Borjawski, Lisa Roper