• The smallest (one-half acre) public garden in the American Public Garden Association.
  • A National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat with a healthy abundant population of insects, birds, reptiles, fish, and small mammals, including notably Eagles, Ospreys, Crows, Blue heron, Green heron, Cormorants, Swans, White Herons, Wood Ducks, Mallards, Snow Geese, Canada Geese, five species of Turtles, four species of Snakes, four species of Frogs, all the common known year round and migratory garden birds, Hummingbirds, Rabbits and several other small and several medium sized mammals, abundant butterflies including the endangered Battus philenor, Monarchs, several kinds of Painted Ladies,  Hummingbird Moths, Sulphurs, Tiger Swallowtails, five species of bees and Bumble bees, and many other wonderful insects and pollinators.
  • A Sentinel Garden of the USDA, an official reporting station for pests and diseases of plants.
  • A participant in University of Ohio research on Phlox paniculata in the study of mildew resistance.
  • Has introduced six named cultivars of Azaleas, one cultivar of Viburnum awabuki, and two cultivars of disease proof Phlox paniculata.
  • Is maintained by three part time employees and three volunteers including a Plant Scientist, a Horticulturist, and a Civil Engineer who is also a Gardener.
  • Has ten Garden Open Days a year as well as available for bus and group tours, by appointment.
  • Has a walk- through 40,000 light “Garden of Lights Show” open four nights in November, December, and January.
  • Has one of the largest and most varied spring bulb displays in Southern Delaware.
  • Possesses features including a Gazebo, decks, a pier, frontage on Red Mill Pond, four fountains, a frog pond, a stream with three waterfalls, a Koi pond and a Gnome House for children.
  • Hosts a mature native canopy and a native pollinator garden.
  • Hosts significant plant collections of Allium, Hellebores, Hydrangea, Clematis, Chamaecyparis, Ilex, Rhododendron, Salix, Lilium, Viburnum, Hibiscus, Acer palmatum, Camellia, Lonicera, Euonymus, Colocassia, ferns, spring flowering bulbs, and ephemerals, with discrete aluminum tag plant labels.
  • Uses Integrated Pest Management and very few chemicals very rarely; rather, choosing toughest varieties of plants and giving them ideal locations for prospering.  Notice we use dense (nature- like) planting and ground covers in preference to mulching, to suppress weeds.  It works!  Our garter snakes and frogs eat the slugs and voles and moles.  The Damselflies eat the mosquitos.
  • Mill Pond Garden is incorporated in Delaware and is a registered IRS non-profit public garden.  The garden had over 1,000 visitors in 2017, over 2,500 in 2018.
  • Since the garden is located in a cul-de-sac residential neighborhood, please do not block driveways, or park on grassy edges, or blocking mailboxes.  Please park on the street not blocking any traffic.  Most convenient is to park head- in on the turn -around circle.
  • For your safety and the well-being of the plantings, in the garden, please stay on walks and paths.  Thank You!
  • Reviews well:  Visitors say Spring here is the best they’ve seen anywhere.  And Fall, by design is one of the most spectacularly colorful you may see anywhere.  Routinely, visitors tell staff that Mill Pond Garden is more appealing to them than the big public gardens.
  • A national reviewer of gardens, Matt Hollis of California, visited and reviewed Mill Pond Garden.  His review and excellent photos are in this link to his blog on Mill Pond Garden at Garden Grader: http://www.gradinggardens.com/home/2018/7/21/mill-pond-garden .
  • GOOGLE gives Mill Pond Garden a Five Star Rating.
  • Mill Pond Garden is free admission to the public on Open Days (by reservation only via self-subscribing on the website sign-up).
  • The garden has a budget of about thirty thousand dollars per year and is supported entirely by the generous, tax deductible donations of visitors and the help of volunteers and neighbors.
  • ENJOY!