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 - Summer-Fall 2015

Registration is highly recommended for all events to ensure a seat; please email botanicgardens@udel.edu 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.

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lecture: textural contrast in plant selection

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

Yearning for a garden filled with eye-appealing combinations that lure you from one space to the next? Contrast is the key to making great combinations of foliage, flower, and seed heads. Join plantsman Robert Lyons as he shows you the way in which to make this special magic happen through selecting the right plants for visual appeal.

Robert Lyons is the retired Director of the Longwood Graduate Program and Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences at UD. Prior to that, he held the JC Raulston Distinguished Professor Chair in Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University and served as the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. From 1981-1998, Lyons was Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and co-founder and Director of the VT Horticulture Gardens. He is now developing his photography business, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Boards of UDBG and Rutgers Gardens.

lectures: the living landscape: an evening with rick darke and doug tallamy

Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 - 9:00 pm (Pre-Payment Required to guaranty entry)

UDBG Friends Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25

Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy join forces for an in-depth discussion of their new book The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. An audience Q&A session follows the presentation, and copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by the co-authors. Refreshments served.

Creating Living Landscapes

An important component of living landscapes is a diverse and abundant community of pollinators. Much has been written about native bees but we have ignored the thousands of species of moth and butterfly pollinators in our landscapes. Doug Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of these species, and discuss the plants required to support their populationis in our landscapes.

The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes

The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the diversity in its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Rick Darke will look at layers from ground cover to canopy and will describe and illustrate how to conserve, create, and manage them in home landscapes that are beautiful, maintable, and joyfully alive.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught for 33 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The work of Rick Darke, author, photographer, and landscape ethicist, is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design of living landscapes. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, which received the American Horticultural Society's Book Award and The Garden Writers Golden Globe Award for photography. See rickdarke.com for more info.

linnaeus and the basic principles of plant nomenclature

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $10

With assistance from Art Tucker, Carl Linnaeus (famous for his work in Taxonomy, the science of identifying, naming, and classifying organisms) will pay a visit to the UDBG and present his innovative principles of plant naming in the 18th century and how these have changed in the past 300 years..

Dr. Arthur O. Tucker is a retired botanist who specialized in the identification and chemistry of plants of flavor, fragrance, and medicine. A retired Research Professor and Director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium at Delaware State University in Dover, he is currently Emeritus Professor at Delaware State University. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance.

University of Delaware

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