Succulent Plants and Delicious Beer: A Natural Pairing

Thanks to a longstanding relationship, supporters of the Delaware Center for Horticulture were among the very fortunate few offered a taste for what’s in store when a long-anticipated Wilmington brewery opens in August.

On Thursday the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) held a special terrarium-building event for 30-would be gardeners at the new Wilmington Brew Works, the city’s first fully operational brewery in over 60 years.  Craig Wensell, the brewery’s founder, worked with DCH over the years in his role as a noted craft brewer by providing fresh craft brews made with materials, fresh fruits and vegetables provided to him by the center.

At the sold-out event, terrarium container experts showed participants the science behind the proper construction of their miniature indoor gardens, starting with the proper foundation. Guests selected their own small plants, pebbles, figurines and other natural decorative features. And participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet the brewers, learn a bit about their philosophy, and of course, enjoy a tasty glass (or two) of beer. 

The event was held in a special area of the brewery that’s designated for private functions and special events but still enjoys full access to the main bar and gathering area of the business.

“Craig’s passion for locally-sourced fruits and herbs that go into his beers really match up with our mission at the Delaware Center for Horticulture,” said Catherine Kempista, communications manager for the Delaware Center for Horticulture. “We are really excited about opportunities to co-host events and cross-promote to our members.”

In September Wessell will return to the DCH to give a workshop about wild brews, craft brews and sours.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture focuses on ‘greening’ communities. Their work supports four program focuses: Urban Agriculture, Public Landscapes, Urban Forestry, and Education. Their programs help those who lack access to fresh produce to grow their own, and they plant trees and public landscapes that beautify and improve air and water quality. 


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