A new interactive piece of artwork is on display at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Sussex County.
The Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro recently reopened for the spring after the 37-acre coastal garden’s first full year of operation was limited by the coronavirus pandemic.
And the garden has added a new attraction an interactive piece of artwork as part of the Delaware Discoveries Trail.
Delaware Tourism Director Liz Keller believes it can help put the Delaware Botanic Gardens on the map.
“We were really excited to add them as our 11th location. You know, they're still kind of a new location - something that a lot of Delawareans and visitors aren’t aware of,” said Keller.
The Gardens’ executive director Sheryl Swed says the new piece was inspired by the Gardens’ bright, colorful landscape.
“Our painting is very beautiful. It was painted by Leah Beach (from Dewey Beach) and we had a lot of fun watching her paint this unbelievably huge painting (10X10). We love it because it has the colors that you will see in the Piet Oudolf Meadow," Swed said "And the painting is very whimsical. It has a swing on it. So we’re really thinking that children are going to have a lot of fun with this painting because they can pretend they’re sitting on the swing while their parents take pictures of them.”
The painting is located at the entrance to the Gardens, and Keller says submitting a photo of it and three other Delaware Discoveries locations puts trailgoers into a drawing for a limited-edition prize.
The piece at the Delaware Botanic Gardens is Beach’s second on the Delaware Discoveries Trail - joining her painting at the Hagley Museum and Library.
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