In Fall 2008, a former dairy cow pasture at the UD Farm was transformed into a wetland complete with two bays, a path, a low berm to capture water, and scattered stumps for structure and habitat. UD landscape design students engineered the planting plan of trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers native to this region. Professors Chad Nelson and Doug Tallamy led the huge planting efforts of staff, faculty, students, and volunteers.

While the primary goal of the project was to improve water quality and enhance habitat, the site is also used for research and teaching related to water quality, soils, ecology, and horticulture.

Click here for a plant list.

Click here for a Wetlands Garden brochure.

Project Partners:
University of Delaware
DNREC Non-Point Source Program
DNREC Ecological Restoration Program
DNREC Division of Soil and Water Conservation
Kent County Conservation District


University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153