The Delmarva Peninsula is well known as a destination for travelers seeking seafood feasts and beach adventures. Glorious gardens? Not so much. And that’s a shame, because there’s plenty of botanic beauty waiting to be discovered. And that’s why I started this blog, Eastern Shore Gardens.
For the last 25 years I’ve found myself calling the fertile ground of Dorchester County, Maryland home. Located on the Delmarva Peninsula, shared by Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware, it’s snugly sandwiched between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Long known as a hunter and sportsperson’s paradise, (drawing the likes of Annie Oakley) Dorchester also boasts a ton of history as the birthplace of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas.
Those preferring quirky can find a downtown house painted in full-on American flag and tag along on popular ghost walks.
Crab, oyster, and roadside barbecue chicken fans find it a down home culinary destination.
Across Delmarva there are enclaves of incredible natural beauty, from the beach homes of wild ponies on Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, to wildlife refuge areas like Blackwater, where endangered Eagles have scored a huge comeback and Eastern Neck, supplying sustenance for migrating monarchs and other butterflies, both to the delight of naturalists, photographers, and everyday visitors of all ages.
As contributing writer for a local home and garden magazine (shout out to Shore Home and Garden, an
American Farms publication, based in Easton MD) since 2015, I’ve been privileged to take the path less widely traveled to encounter pockets of gardening paradise plus talented nurturing gardeners, growers, and entrepreneurs.
Please join me on this journey through Delmarva. We’ll delight in a bounty of botanical eye candy plus tales regaling Champion trees, historic forest nurseries, lush, local l lavender fields, heirloom apple varietal cider, historic herb sanctuaries, patriotic farm mazes, dream Christmas tree destinations, and so much more.
What are we waiting for? Let’s get started!