Since private, hour-long, group tours at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton are only offered at 10 am, it will be our first stop! Approaching the brewery is quite a sight with its steampunk treehouse, outdoor fermenters, and bocce courts. Founded in 1995 by Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head is known for its unique, progressive beers including 60-minute IPA, Midas Touch, and a wonderful pale ale brewed with spruce tips called Pennsylvania Tuxedo, to name only a very few of the tremendous concoctions they have created. Ingredients in their beers range anywhere from saffron to cocoa nibs, lemongrass to chamomile, and include a wide variety of spices, fruits, grains, and hops. After the tour, we’ll stop in the tasting room for complimentary samples.
After our beer experience, we will travel to Lewes, Delaware to have lunch in the lovely garden of Holly and Osamu Shimizu. Known for her time as the host of the Victory Garden and as the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, Holly remains very involved in plant conservation and sustainability. Together, she and Osamu, a garden designer, have created an award-winning garden around their 1730s home. Holly and Osamu are looking forward to our visit and sharing their passion for plants and gardening with us. Before leaving for the next private garden, the group will have time to explore the charming town of Lewes, just a short walk from the Shimizus’ home.
Our last stop will be Mill Pond Garden, claimed to be one of the smallest botanic gardens at half an acre. This romantic-style garden was designed by the owner, Michael Zajic, former Horticultural Supervisor of Brookside Gardens in Maryland, and former President of the non-profit Delaware Botanic Gardens. Mill Pond Garden includes a lovely koi pond, stream and waterfalls, a gazebo, three large separate gardens, and an abundance of native plants mixed with choice ornamental plants. It has mature trees, great vistas, beautiful water frontage, and considerable privacy. Since the Scott Arboretum’s first visit in 2015, this garden (increasingly inspired by Doug Tallamy) has added many nature-friendly features including a big brush pile built according to National Wildlife Federation standards, an ornamental stone pile for lizards, and a frog pond.
Travel by coach with Julie Jenney and Josh Coceano. Bring your own lunch. Limit 24.
Members: $99 Non-members: $139
A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 one-year Individual Membership.
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