UD Botanic Gardens benefit plant sale catalog now online


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9:06 a.m., Feb. 25, 2010----Gardeners can get a dose of spring by checking out the 2010 University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) Plant Sale Catalog now available on the UDBG Web site.

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UDBG Friends can pre-order plants through Wednesday, April 7. To enjoy this and other exclusive benefits, join the organization online, or contact Melinda Zoehrer at (302) 831-0153 or via email at [mzoehrer@udel.edu].

Visitors can browse in person at the 18th annual University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Benefit Plant Sale to be held Friday, April 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Townsend Hall, across from the Fischer Greenhouse on the University of Delaware campus on South College Avenue.

This year's featured plants, witchhazels (Hamamelis), are the bookends of winter, some flowering in October, while others erupt into color late January through early April. The fragrance of their flowers compliments the variety of colors -- bright yellow, gold, copper and red.

In addition to the witchhazels, the sale presents an opportunity to purchase unusual and difficult-to-find plants, and to learn about the wide variety of exciting and useful plants available beyond the usual palate found at discount garden centers or nurseries.

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, which are open year around to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll, contribute to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, research, extension and community support so as to instill an appreciation of plants in the landscape and the natural environment.