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Pennoni Executive Joins Delaware Botanic Gardens Advisory Council

09/17/14

Pennoni Associates, an award-winning multidiscipline engineering, design, and consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that Chief Administrative Officer Nelson J. Shaffer has accepted the invitation to be a member of the Delaware Botanic Gardens' Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is a group of distinguished public and private sector leaders who are assisting in the creation of the Delaware Botanic Gardens. The Advisory Council is chaired by Delaware's First Lady, Carla Markell. "Pennon's pro bono assistance to DBG is a remarkable testimony to the values of community service which C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni has imbued into his entire organization. I welcome Nelson to our Advisory Council. He and Pennoni represent the very best of corporate responsibility and volunteerism," said Mrs. Markell.

Michael Zajic, president of DBG, said, "it is fitting that as we celebrate the placement of our Delaware Botanic Gardens sign on our site, that we welcome Nelson Shaffer of Pennoni to our Advisory Council. Pennoni has made it possible for our vision to become a real, ongoing project.""We at Pennoni are very excited about this unique project,” said Mr. Shaffer. “As a leading A&E firm, we have participated in some very wonderful and historic projects. The Delaware Botanic Gardens is our opportunity to work with a group of dedicated citizens who are creating a beautiful destination which will enhance the quality of life. We are proud of the great work our Milton office, led by Mark Davidson, has given to DBG and we are committed to continuing our support."

The Advisory Council led by Mrs. Markell is a group of distinguished leaders which includes Holly Shimizu, emerita executive director of the United States Botanic Garden; Collin O'Mara, director of the National Wildlife Federation; Hugh Leahy, former senior vice president of the Delaware Community Foundation.

The Delaware Botanic Gardens is a ten year, multi-phase plan to bring a sense of place to Delmarva with a major public garden that reflects southern Delaware's unique coastal plain. It's mission is to create inspirational, educational, and sustainable gardens in Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. The gardens will be located on 37 acres along Piney Neck Road, near Dagsboro in Sussex County. The parcel has an ideal mix of farmland, woodland and over 1000 feet of tidal waterfront on Pepper Creek.

Ground breaking is planned for early spring 2015, with an opening of the first phase of the garden in 2017. Learn about and follow the progress of the non-profit Delaware Botanic Gardens on the website: www.DelawareGardens.org

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