UD Botanic Gardens to present series on regional native trees, shrubs

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens will present a four-part winter mini-series on “Regional Native Trees and Shrubs” in January. Led by John Frett, UDBG director, the series will focus on the cultural and aesthetic attributes of the region’s native woodlands and how they may fit into the home landscape. There will be three lectures from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 13-27, in 132 Townsend Hall on UD’s South Campus in Newark. The Jan. 13 lecture will consider canopy trees, the Jan. 20 lecture understory trees and the Jan. 27 lecture shrubs. In the event of snow, lectures will be held Thursday evening. There also will be an outdoor laboratory, a guided walk through White Clay Creek Preserve from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, that will provide an opportunity to see specimens in the wild and discuss their identification more fully. Meeting location for the White Clay Creek walk will be provided when people register. Registration and prepayment are required, and those who register for three days will get the fourth free. The cost is $25 per day or $75 for the series for UDBG Friends and $35 per day or $105 for the series for nonmembers. Email botanicgardens@udel.edu or contact Sue Biddle at 302-831-2531. 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. This article can also be viewed on UDaily.