Sustainable backyard gardening topic of April 19 lecture

April 7, 2014

Susan 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., Bethany Beach. Using the lessons learned by managing roadside vegetation along Delaware’s roadways in the Enhancing Delaware Highways project for more than 10 years, this talk will suggest methods for incorporating sustainable landscape design and management into the home landscape. It 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. She has worked closely for the past 12 years with Delaware Department of Transportation to research and implement new roadside vegetation management strategies. She has also worked with partners to develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware Program, designed to provide alternatives to known invasive plant species and to promote sustainable landscaping.

Barton teaches Plants and Human Culture, Nursery and Garden Center Management, and Students of Our Environment and coordinates the landscape horticulture internship. She also works closely with the nursery and landscape industry writing newsletters, organizing short courses and conducting horticulture industry expos with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association.  Barton received the Nursery Extension Award in 1995 from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Ratledge Award for service from the University of Delaware in 2007.

There will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from Lord’s Landscaping Inc., Millville (

This presentation is one of a series sponsored by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, whose 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. Go to


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