Townsend Hall

UDBG's adult education program offers lectures, one-day and multisession clases in horticulture, landscape design, entomology, and related fields. As a visitor destination, UDBG also offers informal educational opportunities, including guided and self-guided tours.

Seasonal Events - Spring 2015

Registration is highly recommended for all events to ensure a seat; please email or phone 302-831-2531. Send payment to: UDBG, 152 Townsend Hall, University of DE, Newark DE 19716. All events are held in Townsend Hall Commons unless otherwise noted. Payment will be refunded if cancellation is made 10 business days prior to lecture or class.


lecture: designing resilient plantings & membership plant dividend giveaway

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

How should we garden in this time of global change? Can we design plantings that will survive varied and even unpredictable conditions? Natural systems deal with unpredictablility every day and have persisted through eons of change. Landscape Architect and Horticulturist Travis Beck will show us how to apply the ecological principles that underlie these systems to create successful and resilient gardens and landscapes.

Travis Beck is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center, where he oversees the care and evolution of 22 acres of formal and naturalistic gardens and 532 acres of natural lands. Prior to Mt. Cuba, Beck worked at the New York Botanicl Garden, where he managed landscape design and construciton projects, including the new Native Plant Garden. Beck's book, Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, applies current scientific thinking to the design and management of successful, sustainable landscapes. Kristina Hall wrote, "There is currently no better guide to ecologically-based planting design."

UDBG Friends Members: Free; Nonmembers: $10

UDBG in spring: a bloomin' walkabout

Thursday, May 14, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Enjoy the UDBG at a spectacular time of year. UD's Jason Veil will lead an informative jaunt through the garden to discuss mid-May's most prominent trees and shrubs - including serveral uncommon specimens and a few of UDBG's hidden treasures.

Jason Veil, Curatorial Graduate student working with Dr. John Frett, received his undergraduate degrees in Urban Forestry and Horticulture from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and spent the next decade in wholesale nursery production and marketing. In addition to leading Dr. Frett's lab classes, Jason is responsible for documenting, labeling, and mapping the plants that comprise UDBG's diverse collection. He's a shameless "tree nerd" who has always enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for new, unusual or otherwise underutilized woody plants. a highly respected leader in horticulture.

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10


University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153