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 2015

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 & workshop: pruning 101

Wednesdays, March 11, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Do you need assistance with the "what, when and how" of pruning? If so, this class is for you. Join Dr. John Frett for a classroom introduction of what should be pruned and when, followed by a hands-on practice session in our living laboratory - the UDBG. Minimum 10 people; Maximum: 25 people.

UDBG Friends Members: $30; Nonmembers: $40

lecture:mythology of plants

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

To enter the ancient Roman Garden and experience its plantings is to immerse oneself in the world of myth and the divine, as all plants, both wild and cultivated, were believed to have an intimate connection to the realm of gods and heroes. In this hour, we will visit a selection of ancient Roman gardens, reconstruct their plantings, and learn the tales of lust, blood, and vengeance behind common garden plants such as narcissus and hyacinth, pomegranate and apple, which still grace our orchards and landscapes, and exotica such as frankincense and myrrh.

Dr. Annette Giesecke is Professor of ancient Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Delaware, and holds her degrees from Harvard (Ph.D.) and UCLA. Her research interests include gardens in the Classical World, Greek and Roman art and architecture, and urbanism and ethics of land use in classical antiquity. For her extensive research on the 'meaning' of gardens, Giesecke was the Archaeological Institutue of America Jashemski Lecturer for 2013-2014. Her publications include: The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome and Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden. Two books recently published include The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome (which will be available for sale and signing at this lecture) and The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity and the Garden.

UDBG Friends Members: $15; Nonmembers: $20

lecture: spring plant sale preview

Tuesday, April 7,7:00 pm

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

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 of the JC Raulston Arboretum. From 1981-1998, Lyons was Professor Horticulture at Virginia Tech and co-founder and Director of the VT Horticlture Gardens. He is currently cultivating his home garden, developing his photography business, and serving as Chair of the Advisory Boards of UDBG and Rutgers Garden.

UDBG Friends Members: $5; Nonmembers: 10


University of Delaware

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