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-Spring 2017

Registration is highly recommended for all events to ensure a seat; please email or phone 302-831-2517. 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: The ever changing & exciting world of hydrangeas

Tuesday, March 21, 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular and beloved garden plants in the world. With so many new species and varieties now being introduced into the horticultural trade, gardeners have unlimited possibilities. While these possibilities are enough to make the average person crazy, a crafty gardener can illuminate the landscape with a wide variety of foliage textures and colors as well as flower types and colors. This lecture will provide a diverse selection of hydrangeas to enhance the garden. Specific information on cultural requirements, pruning and landscape use of hydrangeas will also be discussed.

Vincent Simeone has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years. He received his BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia, studying under Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. Vincent has specialized expertise in woody plants and is an experienced lecturer throughout the country. For the past 23 years, Vincent has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York as Director. He has published five books, Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, The Wonders of the Winter Landscape, and Great Landscape Evergreens, with a sixth book on the way.

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Lecture: 2017 Spring Plant Sale Preview

Wednesday, April 5, 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

Join us in this illustrated talk about both perennial and woody plants that will be offered at the spring plant sale. Speakers: Drs. John Frett and Bob Lyons.

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 the Interim Chair of the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, retired Director of the Longwood Graduate Program and Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences at the UD. He held the JC Raulston Distinguished Professor Chair in Horticultural Science at North Carolina State Univesity 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 the VT Horticulture Gardens. He's currently cultivating his home garden, developing his photography business, and serving on many boards and committees at regional public horticultural organizations.

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guided walk: highlights of 2017 Spring Plant Sale

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30-6:00 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10

Join John Frett in a guided walk through UDBG of plants offered in the plant sale and a preview of containerized plants in the nursery area.

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.

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Lecture: All the Presidents' Gardens and UDBG member plant dividend distribution

Monday, May 8, 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $15

Join Marta McDowell for an entertaining romp through our nation's garden history as seen through the changing grounds at the White House, starring the presidents, first ladies, and their gardeners.

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Timber Press published All the Presidents' Gardens, which made the New York Times bestseller list, and Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, winner of a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association. Her first book Emily Dickinson's Gardens, came out in 2005. She is working on a new book for Timber Press with the working title: A Wilder Garden: The Plants and Places of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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University of Delaware

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