Follow a pathway through the dunes or on the canals, and you’re sure to find it – adventure. There’s a poetic beauty that comes to life in front of you along the coast in Delaware. Whether it be on the water or by the sands you’ll want to add these adventurous ideas to your next beach vacation.
Insider's Guide to Delaware Gardens
As April showers bring May flowers, Delaware comes into full bloom with breathtaking displays. As the weather warms walk the blossoming estates of Northern Delaware or stop and shop at a garden center to bring home a piece of Delaware to plant in your own backyard.
Where to go
- Delaware Botanic Gardens (Dagsboro) : Opening annually on the first day of spring, the beauty and tranquility of a walk around this public, sustainable botanic garden is unrivaled. Check their calendar for events ranging from activities for the kids to educational workshops exploring the unique beauty of this bayside garden.
- Hagley Museum and Library : Beginning in mid-March you can take in the sprawling grounds along the Brandywine River by foot, exploring the stone structures and towering trees among the powder yards. Then head up the hill to the ancestral DuPont Home and Garden to walk through rows of colorful flowers blooming in the E. I. du Pont Garden.
- Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor (Milton) : Close to the Delaware beaches and full of lavender goodies to buy, this five-acre farm is a spectacular sight. The lavender reaches its peak beauty in June and July.
- Mt. Cuba Center : This Delaware treasure has 50 acres of gardens on more than 500 acres of natural landscape. The former DuPont estate is a great place for a picnic and its guided garden tours come with an invitation to spend time beneath shady trees. Mt. Cuba opens for the year in early April.
- Nemours Estate : Take a guided walk through the formal gardens and explore the ornate rooms of this mansion inspired by the classic architecture of France.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library :
The lush rolling hills erupt with blossoms each spring on this grand estate, inviting visitors to wander the flower-filled trails and marvel at the natural vistas that emerge from around each corner.
The March bank begins to bloom in early March starting with white and yellow flowers and continues to its blue phase through the beginning of April. Before May, azaleas, bluebells, daffodils, and more will take on vibrant colors.
Where to shop:
If touring the bountiful gardens and estates gets you itching to flex your own green thumb, you can take a stop at these top green houses and garden centers to bring a piece of Delaware home with you.
- Cordrey East Coast Garden Center (Millsboro) : A popular spot for buying plants, taking classes, and browsing the delicious looking items at the farmers' market.
- Farmer Girl Exotic Gardens (Rehoboth) : Looking to take your yard to the next level? This store is full fountains, ponds, statues, flowers, and greenery, including tropical plants to help decorate your yard.
- Sullivan’s Garden Center (Milford) : A quick stop in Milford and you can stock up on a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to make your home into the next great estate.
- Tomato Sunshine Garden Center & Farm Market (Rehoboth) : A huge variety of plants and locally grown produce is available in Rehoboth. So, whether you like to grow or eat, there’s something for you at this garden center and market.
- Willey Farms (Townsend) : Whether you’re looking to start your garden from scratch or put the finishing touches into your flower bed, the garden center and greenhouses at Willey Farms is a great place to start. And if you get hungry while shopping you can grab a bite to eat at their market or seasonal food truck.
Event dates and times may change, please check with the host organization when planning your trip.
Lewes Tulip Celebration :
Friday April 2 through Sunday April 11
10 am to 4 pm daily
Over 10,000 tulip bulbs fill downtown Lewes for a floral filled celebration that makes this beach town even more beautiful.
Mt. Cuba Wildflower Weekend :
Friday April 23 through Sunday April 25
10 am to 6pm daily
Adults: $15, Children 6-17: $8, Children under 6: free, Free for members
Enjoy gardening demonstrations, live music, food and flowers as the native Spring flowers peak in all of their glory.
Wilmington Flower Market :
Thursday May 6 through Saturday May 8
This Northern Delaware event is beloved for its selection of native plants and artisanal crafts, its carnival rides and food, and the live music that ties it all together. It also happens to take place before Mother’s Day, making it a great stop for the perfect gift for mom.