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 2017

Registration is highly recommended for all events to ensure a seat; please email botanicgardens@udel.edu 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 Series: Seasonal Color in Herbaceous Perennials


Wednesdays, January 11 (25 Spring Flowering perennials); January 18 (25 Summer Flowering perennials), January 25 (Late Summer/Fall Flowering perennials) 7 pm

UDBG Friends Members: $25/class Nonmembers: $35/class

Perennials add excitement and diversity to the landscape or garden as they burst into flower each year. Some feature colorful foliage in addition to beautiful flowers, while others add architectural and multi-season interest. Join UDBG Director John Frett as we discuss their cultural requirements --- light, soil, and ease of growth --- of both suble and bold beauties for the home landscape. Registration and prepayment required. Minimum: 10 people. In the event of snow, class will be held Thursday evening. Payment will be refunded if cancellation received 20 business days prior to class.

John Frett is a 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.

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