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Sept. 12-14: Plant sale

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


1:10 p.m., Aug. 22, 2013--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. 

Events Stories

Dec. 1: 'Alice' manuscript

A talk by August A. Imholtz Jr. marking the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" will be held at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in the Morris Library on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

Dec. 2: UD Night at Winterthur

University of Delaware students, faculty and staff are invited to join in the winter festivities at UD Night at Yuletide at Winterthur from 4:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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

According to 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, contact Valann Budischak at 302-831-4188 or


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