University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Winter Learning Opportunities

December 11, 2012 under CANR News

January isn’t a great time to garden, but it’s a fantastic time to learn about it. Come join the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) this winter at the following events:

“Small Flowering Trees” Lecture Series and Lab by UDBG Director and Professor John Frett.

Lectures: Wed., Jan. 9, 16, & 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lab: Sat., Jan. 19, 9 – 11 a.m.

If you have a small garden, garden room, tight spot, or just want the right plant for the site, then this is the course for you. This three lecture survey of small flowering trees will present cultural and landscape characteristics for a variety of evergreen and deciduous plants. The lab will view live plants and discuss more fully their characteristics.

UDBG Friends: $25/class and lab; Nonmembers: $35/class and lab

Lab is free if you register for all three classes. 

Registration and prepayment required: Email botanicgardens@udel.edu or contact Sue Biddle at 302-831-2531

Location: Room 132 Townsend Hall

In the event of snow, classes will be held the following evening. Payment will be refunded if cancellation is made 10 business days prior to class.

“Design Ideas and Plant Combinations for Winter Gardens” Lecture by C. Colston Burrell

Tues., Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

The best part of the gardening year begins as the asters are fading. The onset of winter brings a respite from heat, and signals the start of a season filled with berried branches and seductive silhouettes. Comfortable spaces and artful planting conspire to provide places to relax as well to grow myriad winter-blooming plants such as daphnes, hellebores, and minor bulbs that excite us and connect us to the natural world. This lecture focuses on the unique challenges of creating interest with both living and built elements and presents a variety of approaches to fashioning plant combinations that add texture, color, and fragrance to the unsung season.

Cole is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author, and photographer. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener, and naturalist. He has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and his abiding respect for regional landscapes with professional and amateur audiences for 35 years. He is the author of numerous books, including Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide and Perennial Combinations, among others. These two books will be offered for sale after the lecture.

UDBG Friends members: $15; Nonmembers: $20

Registration: Email botanicgardens@udel.edu or contact Sue Biddle at 302-831-2531

Location: The Commons, Townsend Hall

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