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I Didn’t Know That Lecture

April 17 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

UDBG Friends members: $10;  Nonmembers: $15

Did you ever wonder if you could push the boundaries of your gardening practices, test the limits of your favorite garden plants, or even consider some unorthodox techniques that would never show up in gardening books? If so, then join Drs. Bob Lyons and John Frett as they share personal gardening tips, techniques, shortcuts, broken rules, and even some personal secrets that work for them. This is an evening for discovery and hopefully addressing the statement, “I Didn’t Know That . . . !”

Dr. Frett earned his PhD from the University of Georgia, where Dr. Michael Dirr served as his advisor. He then joined the faculty at Texas A&M University. In 1986 he joined the faculty at UD, where he teaches many plant and botany courses, including Woody Landscape Plants and Indigenous Woody Flora of the Eastern U.S. As the Director of the Botanic Gardens, he has developed an extensive collection of woody plants. While Dr. Frett never met a plant he didn’t like, he has a particular fondness for and specialties in magnolia, holly (Ilex), oak (Quercus), maple (Acer), viburnum, and false indigo (Baptisia). Dr. Frett taught continuing education classes at Longwood Gardens for 20+ years and lectures in the mid-Atlantic.

A popular lecturer, 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 at North Carolina State University and served as the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. From 1981-1998, Lyons was Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and co-founder and Director of the VT Horticulture Gardens. After coming out of retirement in 2016 to serve as Chair of the Plant & Soil Sciences Department for a year, Lyons has retired from UD a second time to seriously his pursue photography business, cultivate his home garden, and to volunteer at various public horticulture organizations.

Registration is highly recommended for all events to ensure a seat; please email botanicgardens@udel.edu or phone 302-831-2534. Send payment to: UDBG, 152 Townsend Hall, University of DE, Newark DE 19716. To register and pay via credit card using our online form, click here. All events are held in Townsend Hall Commons unless otherwise noted. Prepayment only required where stated.

Cancellation Policy: UDBG reserves the right to cancel any program if necessary. Refunds take approximately three to four weeks to process. There will be no refunds after a class or series begins. Payment will be refunded if cancellation is made 10 business days prior to class.


April 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm