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 - Winter 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 & LAB: summer flower shrubs

Wednesdays, Jan. 7, 15, and 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Lecture

Saturday, Jan. 17, 9:00 - 11 am, Lab

Explore the exciting world of summer flowering shrubs - from what you think you know about clethras, hydrangeas, rose of Sharon, and spireas, wished you knew about smoke bush, sambucus, and abelia, and always wanted to know about Japanese angelica tree and many other plants. Bring some green into your winter and get a jump on spring. UDBG Director Dr. John Frett will present cultural (light and soil requirements, ease of growth), as well as landscape characteristics for a variety of plants. The lab will provide an opportunity to view the plants "in person" and discuss their identification more fully. Minimum 10 people.

Registration and prepayment required. In event of snow, classes will be held Thursday evening.

UDBG Friends Members: $75; Nonmembers: $105

lecture & workshop: pruning 101

Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Do you need assistance with the "what, when and how" of pruning? If so, this class is for you. Join Dr. John Frett for a classroom introduction of what should be pruned and when, followed by a hands-on practice session in our living laboratory - the UDBG. Minimum 10 people; Maximum: 25 people.

UDBG Friends Members: $30; Nonmembers: $40

lecture: The mythology of plants

Tuesday, March 24,7:00 - 8:00 pm

To enter the ancient Roman Garden and experience its plantings is to immerse oneself in the world of myth and the divine, as all plants, both wild and cultivated, were believed to have an intimate connection to the realm of gods and heroes. In this hour, we will visit a selection of ancient Roman gardens, reconstruct their plantings, and learn the tales of lust, blood, and vengeance behind common garden plants such as narcissus and hyacinth, pomegranate and apple, which still grace our orchards and landscapes, and exotica such as frankincense and myrrh.

Dr. Annette Giesecke is Professor of ancient Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Delaware, and holds her degrees from Harvard (Ph.D.) and UCLA. Her research interests include gardens in the Classical World, Greek and Roman art and architecture, and urbanism and ethics of land use in classical antiquity. For her extensive rewsearch on the 'meaning' of gardens, Giesecke is the Archaeological Institutue of America Jashemski Lecturer for 2013-2014. Her publications include: The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome and Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden. Two books published in 2014 include The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome and The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity and the Garden.

UDBG Friends Members: $15; Nonmembers: $20


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