UD Botanic Gardens to host spring plant sale preview, walk

UD Botanic Gardens to host spring plant sale preview, walkThe University of Delaware Botanic Gardens will hold a spring plant sale preview on April 7 and a guided walk on April 13 at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus on South College Avenue in Newark. The benefit plant sale will be held April 29-30. The plant sale preview will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in the Townsend Hall Commons. Speakers will be John Frett, UDBG director, and Robert Lyons, retired professor of plant and soil sciences and a highly respected expert in horticulture. They will present beautiful images, stunning specimens and a lively discussion of the extraordinary plants that will be available at the plant sale. Frett will lead a guided walk through the UDBG grounds to see landscape-sized specimens of the plants that will be offered at the sale from 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13. Participants will meet at the Fischer Greenhouse Entrance on Roger Martin Lane. The cost for each event is $5 for UDBG Friends and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited for the guided walk and those who plant to participate must pre-register. To reserve a spot for either or both of these events, call 302-831-2531 or email BotanicGardens@udel.edu. Before joining the faculty at UD, Lyons held the JC Raulston Distinguished Professor Chair in Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University and served as the director of the renowned JC Raulston Arboretum. From 1981-98, he was professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech and co-founder and director of the university’s horticulture gardens. Currently, Lyons is cultivating and enjoying his home garden and heads the advisory boards of UDBG and Rutgers University. The UDBG plant sale catalog is available online. UDBG Friends enjoy an exclusive day to shop at the sale from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, April 28. Plant sale general admission is from 3-6 p.m., Friday, April 29, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, which also is Ag Day. Admission is free. To enjoy other exclusive member benefits, join the UDBG Friends online, contact Melinda Zoehrer at 302-831-0153 or write to BotanicGardens@udel.edu. Photo by Robert Lyons This article can also be viewed on UDaily.