The University of Delaware

One of the oldest universities in the U.S., the University of Delaware traces its roots to 1743. An East Coast Classic, the University of Delaware's main campus in Newark, Delaware—located midway between New York City and Washington, D.C.—is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, earning such accolades as "absolutely the most gorgeous campus anywhere" and "all that the traditional college portrait entails." At the heart of the nearly 1,000-acre campus is the tree-lined Green, ringed by red brick buildings in the Georgian style. Sixteen campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of Newark’s vibrant Main Street, which runs through the campus, received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2011 Great American Main Street Award.

For general information about the campus, visit the University's web site

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre S. du Pont purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. Longwood Gardens comprises some 20 outdoor gardens as well as 20 indoor gardens within 4.5 acres of heated greenhouses or conservatories. Longwood contains 11,000 different types of plants and trees, as well as fountains, ponds, and other water features. Longwood's conservatory alone is home to 5,500 types of plants. Gardens of the conservatory, each with its own exquisite displays of plants, include The Orangery, Orchid House, Palm House, Mediterranean Garden, Tropical Terrace, and the Outdoor Water Garden display. Longwood has extensive educational programs, including a school of professional horticulture, and hosts numerous horticultural and performing arts events each year, ranging from flower shows and gardening demonstrations to musical theater, fountain shows, and fireworks displays.

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Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer is a historic estate and botanical garden located in Wayne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The house and grounds were listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Chanticleer’s 35-acre garden has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.

Chanticleer was built as the estate of Christine Penrose and Adolph G. Rosengarten, Sr., head of the pharmaceutical corporation Rosengarten & Son that ultimately became part of Merck & Co. The garden opened to visitors in 1993. The garden contains sweeping lawns and majestic trees, "Asian" woods, a pond garden, a ruin and gravel garden, and woodland.

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Winterthur Estate Museum, Garden, and Library

Winterthur's 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. Du Pont, heavily influenced by the tenets voiced in William Robinson’s The Wild Garden (first published in 1870), translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies an authentic naturalism. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November.

The 60-acre core of the garden is a naturalistic arrangement of native and exotic plants that includes a Pinetum, the March Bank, Sundial Garden, Quarry Garden, and Azalea Woods.

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Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center is the mid-Atlantic’s finest woodland wildflower garden, celebrating the inspiration of gardening, the joy of education and a passion for conservation. The former home and gardens of Mr. And Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba Center is now a non-profit botanical garden dedicated to fostering an appreciation for native plants of the Appalachian Piedmont region and promoting their conservation through garden display, education, and research.

Set in the rolling hills of northern Delaware, Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens are nestled in 600 acres of managed natural lands. Mt. Cuba Center’s plant collection is of East Coast Piedmont plants, many collected from the wild with over 4,600 accessions representing more than 1,800 taxa. The gardens encompass lovely winding woodland wildflower gardens, a series of ponds, a meadow filled with meadow flowers and warm season grasses, a trial garden testing native plants, and formal areas around the main house. The experience of this garden instills an understanding of the value of native plants, encourages more ecologically sound gardening practices, and fosters the culture of conservation for the visitor’s own garden and community.

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The Delaware Center for Horticulture

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) cultivates a greener community: inspiring appreciation and improvement of our environment through horticulture, education and conservation.

TheDCH is a statewide non-profit organization that mobilizes and inspires community greening in urban and suburban environments. Each year we plant thousands of trees, support community gardens and urban farms, create and maintain green streets capes, and provide fun educational programs for children, teens and adults. TheDCH helps strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhoods by improving their environmental, economic and aesthetic qualities. We use plants as a tool to educate and empower others.

Founded in 1977, the Center's site in Trolley Square is like an oasis in the city of Wilmington. The beautiful facility includes a public demonstration garden that backs up to Brandywine Park, a lending library, an art gallery, a large meeting room and a greenhouse. TheDCH grounds are open 24/7, offering a quite respite from the City, and showcasing ideas for the urban or small gardener.

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The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts

Founded in 1979 by a small volunteer group of artists and arts patrons, the DCCA made its focus the promotion of growth and understanding of the contemporary arts in Delaware. It started in a former sheet-metal fabricating factory and moved several times, finally finding a permanent home in 2000. This location offered a 35,000-square-foot building and, once remodeled, opened with seven galleries, 26 on-site artist studios, an auditorium, a museum shop, a classroom and administrative office space.

The DCCA, a non-collecting museum, currently presents nearly 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. In addition to the exhibitions, DCCA commits to educational and community outreach through various programs, such as Artist Residencies with underserved community groups and Contemporary Connections, a model program that fuses art with schools’ core curriculum, offering fresh new ways to teach subjects such as math and science. The DCCA has partnered in some way with more than 60 community groups and schools.

Of particular note is the group exhibition and utopian community imPERFECT City, Feb 9, 2013 - Jun 16, 2013, and its convivial culminating event on June 8, the Gretchen Hupfnel Symposium, which complements EARTH PERFECT?.

The DCCA is located at 200 South Madison Street, in the historic Harlan and Hollingsworth building on the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday. For directions to the DCCA, visit the museum’s website.