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Idea Garden

Explore beds bursting with innovative pairings of colors, textures, and plant varieties that can be reliably grown in this region.

Inspiring and educational, the Idea Garden stimulates creativity and encourages experimentation. Sections dedicated to annuals, perennials, vegetables, and small fruits provide inspiration. Don’t forget your camera and notebook when you visit this Garden.   

Join Garden Manager Roger Davis as he shares spring’s quintessential flower in full bloom in our Idea Garden.

History of this Garden

This five-acre site was once a large vegetable garden that supplied food for the du Ponts and their employees. Since the late 1950s, the space has been devoted to educational displays for home gardeners.

Bloom Highlights

Purple Coneflower

Explore Plants In This Garden