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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/Spring 2018

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. Prepayment only required where stated. Cancellation Policy: UDBG reserves the right to cancel any program if necessary. Refunds take approximately three to four weeks to process. There will be no refunds after a class or series begins. Payment will be refunded if cancellation is made 10 business days prior to class.


RESCHEDULED Lecture: Follies: architectural whimsy in the garden

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

Step into the imaginative and entertaining world of garden follies! Explore a fanstic display of contemporary and historic architectural features--from a Gothic-inspired tower to American summerhouses to a faerie cottage and more--all set within the majestic beauty of Henry Francis du Pont's 60-acre garden. Join Winterthur's Director of Garden & Estate, and Carol Long, Curator of Garden for a sneak preview of Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, the exciting new exhibit opening April 1st at Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Learn the story behind the exhibit, from research to installation, of this one-of-a-kind outdoor experience you won't want to miss.

Chris Strand is Brown Harrington Director Garden & Estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Strand's role is to be a steward for Winterthur's garden and wider estate, including the buildings, roads, natural areas, and cultivated landscape. Carol Long, a graduate of the University of Delaware, is Curator of Garden at Winterthur where she has worked for 26 years, having started her career working in the March Bank. When not wearing the hat(s) associated with being the project manager for Winterthur's first outdoor exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, Carol oversees the management of the core of the garden and is part of a team responsible for its ongoing historic design.


2018 Spring Plant Sale Preview Lecture

Wednesday, April 4, 7 - 9 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

Please join Dr. Robert Lyons and UDBG Director and Professor Dr. John Frett as they give a lively and illustrated talk about both perennial and woody plants that will be offered at the spring plant sale.

A popular and enthusiastic lecturer, Robert Lyons is a highly respected leader in horticulture. In 2014, he retired as Director of the Longwood Graduate Program and Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences at the 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. After coming out of retirement in 2016 to serve as Chair of the Plant & Soil Sciences Department for a year, Lyons has retired from UD a second time to seriously his pursue photography business, cultivate his home garden, and to volunteer at various public horticulture organizations.


Guided Walk: Highlights of 2018 Spring Plant Sale

Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

Join UDBG Director and Professor Dr. John Frett, as he leads a guided walk through the botanic garden collection to see specimens of plants offered in the spring plant sale, and if there's time, a preview of the containerized plants in the sale.

Minimum 10 people; Maximum 25 people. LOCATION: Meet inside brick wall around South Greenhouse, home to UDBG's office.


Patron Reception and Plant Sale

Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

RSVP required

This intimate evening is a thank you event to those who have contributed $185 and above to support UDBG's Student Programs, an essential component of UDBG's functioning. Enjoy conversations with knowledgeable plant folks, 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 mzoehrer@udel.edu.


Foliage First: Boom Without the Bloom Lecture & Member Plant Dividend distribution

Wednesday, May 9, 7 - 9 pm

UDBG Friends Members: Free; Nonmembers: $15

Please join Dan Benarcik as he looks at an often overlooked but vitally important part of the garden and landscape. If something should compromise the floral aspect of your garden, you should have a strong foliar background to carry and sustain the garden's design. Shrubs, trees, herbaceous, and tropical plants are discussed in this garden study.

A native Delawarean and University of Delaware graduate, Dan Benarcik has worked at Mt. Cuba Center as the Woodspath Gardener, a Sales Representative at Imperial Nurseries, and now as a Horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden. For the past 25 years, he's been part of the creative gardening team at Chanticleer not only in its seasonal displays, but also as part of the innovative team who conceives and manufactures workworkings, stone carvings, paintings, and metal works that one sees throughout the garden. At home, Dan is an avid gardener with his wife Peggy Anne Montgomery.