Botanic Gardens’ fall sale focuses on plants that bring life to the garden

August 22, 2013 under Events

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) will hold its fall plant sale from Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-14, outside the fenced-in area across from the Fischer Greenhouse behind Townsend Hall on UD’s south campus.

The sale is open only to members from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. Hours for the general public are 4-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

Aster novae angliae 'Andenken an Alma Potschke.'  Image by Kathy Barrowclough.

Aster novae angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke.’ Image by Kathy Barrowclough.

The focus of this year’s fall plant sale is “Plants that Bring Life into Your Garden.”

According to Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor and chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at UD, “Fall flowering plants are essential as nectar sources for migrating monarchs, red admirals and hummingbirds, as pollen and nectar sources for native bees, and as the plants that will set seed for wintering birds. All of these creatures partially depend on your garden to provide these plants.”

Popular perennial plants at this sale include, but are not limited to, swamp milkweed and butterfly weed (both attract monarch adults and caterpillars), Joe Pye weed (fragrant flowers lure butterflies), cardinal flower (beckons hummingbirds and butterflies), Indian pink (hummingbird magnet) and golden alexander (entices black swallowtail).

UDBG cultivates plants from its teaching collection that do well in this region and are taught as part of the curricula in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Through this fall plant sale, the public has the opportunity to view and purchase these plants.

For further information regarding the sale, please contact Valann Budischak at 302-831-4188 or

Additional events

UDBG will also be hosting two September events related to its fall plant sale.

A guided walk of the 2013 fall plant sale highlights will take place from 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Fischer Greenhouse entrance on Roger Martin Lane. This walk will be led by UDBG Director John Frett, professor of plant and soil sciences.

A fall plant sale highlights lecture, entitled “Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Perennials that Attract Birds and Butterflies,” will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Townsend Hall Commons. Guest lecturer will be Lisa Roper, horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pa. Registration is required. Cost to UDBG members is $5; cost to nonmembers is $10. Send payment to: UDBG, 152 Townsend Hall, University of DE, Newark, DE 19716. For information, email or phone 302-831-2531.

To enjoy member benefits and/or join the UDBG Friends, please contact Melinda Zoehrer at 302-831-0153 or The gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. UDBG contributes to an understanding of the relationships between plants and people through education, research, Cooperative Extension and community support.

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