Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar is a beautiful and unique setting for weddings and other special events. The gardens were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Marian Cruger Coffin, who was inspired by the English gardening style of the 18th century. The result is a stunning collection of gardens that feature a variety of flowers, plants, and trees.
Coffin's lifelong friend Henry Francis du Pont introduced her to the owners of Gibraltar, a rural estate mansion perched high on a roughly six-acre tract in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1916. Beginning that year, Coffin converted the early-19th-century estate's grounds into a romantic garden paradise. It perfectly blended her Massachusetts Institute of Technology schooling in Beaux-Arts classicism with the sophisticated flower garden style of Beatrix Farrand, whom she loved.
The gardens fell into disarray when their first owner died, but they were finally restored and are now open to the public, allowing anybody to enjoy their beauty.
This stunning Marian Coffin Garden is a part of Delaware's historical heritage. As well as a testament to a woman's determination to break free from traditional gender roles in pursuit of her dream.
Marian Coffin overcame all odds to realize her dream in the face of tradition, just as the gardens battle time and deterioration with the support of a dedicated group of individuals like you. Participate in your community's history. Help Preservation Delaware keep heroes like Marian Coffin's inspiring stories alive.
If you’re looking for a truly unique and romantic setting for your wedding, Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar is the perfect place for you.