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Join the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens in welcoming horticulturist and native plant enthusiast, Greg Tepper for a virtual lecture, 'Great Hardy Ferns', on Wednesday, March 24th from 7-8 PM. The cost for UD Friends is $10 and for nonmembers, $15. Registration is required. Instructions to join the Zoom lecture will be emailed upon registration. To register, visit our website.
Ferns are often used to contribute texture in the garden, ranging from fine to bold, making quite a statement of elegance and durability. Ferns are also deer resistant. Gregg will explore some of our best ferns for the garden. Talk will include native fern identification, growth habits, as well as culture, and will point out the many redeeming qualities that make ferns a pleasure to grow. In addition, we will discuss excellent native companion plants and how to use them in conjunction with Great Hardy Ferns!
Gregg Tepper is a horticulturist, lecturer, consultant and life-long native plant enthusiast. After studying Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Delaware and several years creating his own ornamental and native plant gardens, Gregg started a horticultural maintenance business designing and managing private gardens in southeast Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Gregg went on to work at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE where he held the positions of Horticulturist, Woods Path Horticulturist and Director of Horticulture. From there he was Director of Horticulture and board member of Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro, DE. He was instrumental in developing the initial horticultural mission, leading the garden steward volunteers and implementing a two-acre meadow designed by world-renown garden designer Piet Oudolf. He is now the Horticulturist at the Arboretum at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries in Philadelphia, PA where he manages various display gardens including Nature’s Sanctuary, a SITES Gold credited landscape. Gregg has lectured extensively in the United States as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wisley in Great Britain. He is co-author of the book “Deer-resistant Native Plants for the Northeast”.