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 Fall 2016

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.

Lecture: Creating beautiful landscapes for pollinators and wildlife habitat: smithsonian gardens to your front yard


Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $10

Smithsonian Gardens extends the exhibits and learning at the Smithsonian Institution's museums in Washington, DC outdoors for 30 million annual visitors. As the Supervisory Horticulturist at the National Museum of Natural History, James spent three years designing and installing the Urban Bird Habitat along two sides of the museum. The garden is an oasis for many bird species and provides for their basic needs: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise their young. James Gagliardi will share the story of the garden's creation, show amazing before and after images, and teach about plants you can use in your own garden to support a healthy ecosystem for wildlife..

James Gagliardi grew up gardening at his family's 1780's colonial home in Berlin, Connecticut. He studied horticulture at the University of Connecticut and went on to earn a master's degree from the Longwood Graduate program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. James previously worked as the Horticulturist for River Farm, the American Horticultural Society headquarters in Alexandria, VA. He is currently Supervisory Horticulturist with Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, DC. In 2014, he served on a task force for the Office of Environmental Quality that drafted Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators to increase pollinator habitat around federal buildings in response to a memorandum from President Obama. He is the editor of the Smithsonian's first gardening book, Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location.


Lecture: a passion for gardening


Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $10 Nonmembers: $15

Changes in the gardening world are exciting and positive, reflecting our enhanced knowledge and awareness. Holly will focus on many of the changes she has seen over her lifetime as a horticulturist and gardener, in gardening processes, choices, favorite plants, and inspiring garden designs.

Holly Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist. She worked in gardens in Europe for over three years and was the first Curator of the National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum. Until recently she was the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden and now she is consulting, writing, teaching, and leading tours to many parts of the world. Holly has received many awards for her work over the years and was a host of the Victory Garden PBS television show for over 12 years.

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