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 2017

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.


2017 Fall Plant Sale preview

Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

This year's preview will be held in the plant sale area, where chairs will be set up in the cashier's area. Bob Lyons has graciously agreed to lead a discussion on perennials for sale and John Frett will discuss the tree and shrub offerings. Ice cream will be served. People may wander through the plant sale area and herbaceous garden prior to the sale. No sales that evening.

John Frett is the Director of UD Botanic Gardens and Professor in the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware where he teaches plant material courses. Bob Lyons is a highly respected leader in horticulture. Currently the Interim Chair of the Plant & Soil Sciences Department, Bob retired as Director of the Longwood Graduate Program and as a Professor in Plant & Soil Sciences in 2014. Prior to that, he held the JC Raulston Distinguished Professor Chair in Horticultural Science at North Carolina Sate University and served as the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. From 1981-1998, Lyons was Professor of Horticultue at Virginia Tech and co-founder of Directtor of the VT Horticulture Gardens. He also manages to find time to cultivate his personal garden, develop his photograph business, and serve on multiple boards and committees.

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Lecture: Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for your shady garden & member plant Benefit giveaway

Monday, October 16, 7:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $15

Join Jenny Rose Carey, Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Meadowbrooks Farm, as she talks about the delights and benefits of gardening in the shade. In this illustrated lecture with images from her recently published book Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniquest for Your Shady Garden published by Timber Press, she will show some of her favorite plants to use in a shade garden, and explain their benefits. Jenny Rose will also give design ideas for making your own shade garden more personal and a peaceful retreat for you, your friends, and visiting wildlife. Tips and techniques specific to shade gardenig round out this lecture.

Jenny Rose Carey is the Director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Meadowbrook Farm, a 21-acre garden north of Philadelphia that includea a classic formal garden, herb garden, vegetable garden, and woodland walks. She was previously the Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University.

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University of Delaware

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