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 2016

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.


Art in the Garden 2016

16th annual art in the garden (exhibit runs through may 14)

Saturday, April 23, 3:30 - 5 pm reception, Award Ceremony 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public

For 16 years, the exhibition 'Art in the Garden' has graced the Clark Garden during the spring. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of Delaware, Towson University and the UDBG Friends group to provide the community a unique opportunity to view sculptures in an outdoor environment. Special thanks to the Towson University's Dept. of Art and UD's Dept. of Art and Design, and Professor Emeritus Joe Moss and Daphne Moss for their interest and support of this exhibition.


patron reception and plant sale

Wednesday, April 27, 4:30 - 6:00 pm


This intimate evening is a thank you event to those who have contributed $185 or more to support UDBG's Student Programs, an essential component of UDBG's functioning. Enjoy conversations with knowledgeable plant people, a private plant sale this evening only, refreshments, and the first crack at all other plant sale offerings. If interested in attending or for more information, please call 302-831-0153 or email RSVP required to attend.


Beyond Burle Marx

Beyond Burle marx: 21st Century Landscape Legacy

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $10 Nonmembers: $15; Students: Free

Come hear Isabela and Julio Ono speak on behalf of Haruyoshi Ono about the Burle Marx landscape legacy they have brought into the 21st century. They combine art and environmental landscape design in many exciting landscape projects from municipal parks and museums to private estates and urban courtyard gardens.

Last October 2015, Burle Marx Landscape Design Studio celebrated the 60th anniversary of the firm, established by Roberto Burle Marx in 1955. Since 1994 when he passed away, the firm has been run by the Landscape Architect Haruyoshi Ono, his associate and partner for almost 30 years. For them, landscape design has a fundamental role in strengthening and enhancing the relationship between man and nature in cities. Three recent projects will become important attractions in Rio de Janeiro: Museum of Tomorrow in the Harbor Zone, Downtown (architecture by Santiago Calatrava), the Museum of Image and Sound in Copacabana (architecture Diller Scofidio + Renfro), and the Park of Olympic Village, in Barra da Tijuca. Until his death in 1994, Burle Marx and team developedapproximately 2,000 landscape designs. Currently, the firm logs 3,000 projects. The firm continues to develop private and public projects. When appropriate, artistic panels and sculptures are designed creating striking features in landscape compositions.


how perennials changed our world lecture and membership plant dividend distribution

Tuesday, May 17, 7 - 8:30 pm

UDBG Friends Members: Free Nonmembers: $10

Perennial horticulture made its debut in the U.S. in the Baltimore/Washington area. With the arrival of European plant and landscape visionaries like Wolfgang Oehme in the 1950's, nursery plant catalogs changed and American landscapes transformed from static evergreens and empty turf to lush expanses of grasses and perennials. But who inspired these visonaries? Please join us as we travel to Europe with Claudia West to meet the nurseryman, philosopher, and writer whom we have to thank: Karl Foerster. She'll offer a rare glimpse into his life to discover why Foerster's visioin of densely planted landscapes is still relevant today. Learn about the rich history of perennial plant experts of the time and the network of international knowledge and plant exchange that brought us the wealth of hardy plants we have today.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA. Claudia holds a MS degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She works closely with design and restoration professionals, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion. Claudia's first book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, will be available for sale.

University of Delaware

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