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University of Delaware Botanic Gardens

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United States of America - Delaware - Newark

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens traces its roots back to the late 1950’s with the planting of specimen trees and shrubs around Townsend Hall at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). These early plantings initially supported undergraduate coursework and evolved over time into gardens.

Today, the UD Botanic Garden is a series of twelve gardens on fifteen acres. UDBG continues to be used by faculty, students, Green Industry professionals, and the public, and serves a primary role in supporting the CANR programs in horticulture, plant science, entomology, and landscape design.

UD Botanic Gardens contributes to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, extension, research, and community support.

Main Address:
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
531 South College Avenue
Mailing: 152 Townsend Hall, Plant & Soil Sciences
Delaware 19717 United States of America

Telephone: (302) 831-0153
Fax: (302) 831-0605
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. John Frett, Director
    Curator's Name: Catherine Meholic, Graduate Student
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1950
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: 39.6676410
    Longitude: -75.7527060
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1742
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1373
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: No
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes