Botanic gardens lecture series continues March 22 in Lewes

February 21, 2014

The president and board of directors of the Delaware Botanic Gardens are making solid headway in attempting to make the DBG a reality  by 2016. The 37-acre site with 1,010 feet of waterfront on Pepper Creek is one mile east of Dagsboro on Piney Neck Road.

The DBG has scheduled a series of lectures for 2014.  Attendance at a lecture is typically $15 for the public and free to DBG members.

Valery Cordrey will present “Exciting New and Underused Plants" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22,  at the Enrichment Center of East Coast Nursery. The program will highlight the very latest plant varieties from breeders around the world. Also, many great plants underused in the home interior and landscape will be discussed.

Cordrey is co-owner of East Coast Garden Center, RSC Landscaping, The Cordrey Center, the Mary Jane and Richard Cordrey Enrichment Center, and The Secret Garden, all at 30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro.

Sue Barton, PhD, will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 19, at the South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave. in Bethany Beach. Using the lessons learned by managing vegetation along Delaware’s roadsides in the Enhancing Delaware Highways project for more than 10 years, Barton will suggest methods for incorporating sustainable landscape design and management into home landscapes.

This talk will also cover other local projects including the water management plantings in South Bethany.  Barton is an extension specialist and associate professor in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware.

Additional lectures include “An Overview of the Delaware Center for Horticulture and Odd Native and Underused Plants” from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Lewes Public Library; “Trees, Amenity or Necessity in the 21st Century?” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 14, at the Lewes Public Library; “Best Spring Flowering Bulbs and Fall Gardening Tips” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Lewes Public Library; and “Practical Home Landscaping” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Lewes Public Library.

DBG’s mission is to create a world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.For detailed information about lectures and speakers or to find out more about the Pepper Creek project, go to