Baylor Women's Garden

"A Garden of Hope: A Place for Peace"

 

“It represents starting over, getting rid of the old dying parts of oneself that are not healthy, in order to plant new seeds, establish strong roots, and blossom and flourish abundantly, both on the inside and on the outside.”

– Program Participant

 

Location

660 Baylor Boulevard, New Castle, DE 19720
 

Fast Facts

Type: Vegetable & Flower Garden
Created: 1999
 

History

Initiated by the vision of Jean Dugdale and the Delaware Departments of Correction and Education, this garden is located within the Dolores J. Baylor Correctional Institution. Its overall size is approximately 3,000 sq. ft., comprised of about 500 sq. ft. of raised growing beds, with the remaining area utilized for in-ground growing. The garden produces an abundance of fresh, organic vegetables, and it is attractively bordered by perennial and annual plantings that attract beneficial insects and numerous pollinators.

 

Complementing the prison’s Culinary Arts vocational program, volunteers from the Garden Club of Wilmington partner with staff from the Delaware Center for Horticulture to provide workshops that teach the women the “full food cycle” from selecting, planting, and growing vegetables to harvesting and preparing them in the kitchen.

 

Impact

Through their outdoor labor, the women who participate each year learn job skills and receive technical training. They also find physical and emotional relief, stress and anger reduction, opportunities for exercise. In 2006, the women decided to name the garden “A Garden of Hope: A Place for Peace.” Across the country, similar prison horticulture programs have shown dramatic declines in the number of inmates who return to prison after having been released.

Throughout the streets of Wilmington, I overwhelmed by the impact your organization has had on the city of Wilmington.

— Paul Beane
Goodwill of DE