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 - Summer - Fall 2014

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: great hardy native ferns & friends plant dividend distribution

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm

Explore some of our best native ferns for the garden. Gregg Tepper will discuss native fern identification, growth habit, culture, and the redeeming qualities that make ferns a pleasure to grow. In addition, he will discuss native companion plants to use with ferns.

Gregg Tepper is a professional horticulturist, lectuer, consultant and life-long native plant enthusiast. He has lectureeed on native plants extensively in the United States as well as in Great Britain. Gregg previously worked at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE where he held the positions of Horticulturist, Woods Path Horticulturist, and Director of Horticulture. He is now Acting Director and board member ex officio of the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

UDBG Friends Members: Free; Nonmembers: $10

lecture: beatrix potter's gardening life

Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

Beatrix Potter may conjure up images of blue-jacketed bunnies and other fuzzy fauna. But she was also interested in plants and gardens, which is evident in her skillful botanic drawings.. Timber Press author, historian and horticulturist Marta McDowell, will lead us on an exploration of Potter's botanical art, the flora and horticulture that appears in her "little books" and Potter's own garden in England's Lake District.

Marta McDowell lives, gardens and writes in Chatham, NJ. She has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.S. from Stevens Institute. She teaches garden history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she obtained a certificate in landscape design. Her book, Emily Dickinson's Gardens, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005, and she was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden's 2010 show. Timber Press published her new book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, in November 2013. Marta is active in the Chatham Community Garden and is on the board of the NJ Historical Foundation at the Cross Estate in Bernardsville, NJ. Her husband, Kirke Bent, summarizes her biography as "I am therefore I dig."

UDBG Friends Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

University of Delaware

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