Delaware Native Plant Society

Delaware Native
Plant Society

P.O. Box 369
Dover, DE 19903

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Lily Symposium

Date: October 3, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lilies and their Relatives for Delaware Gardens - A Symposium
Presented by The Delaware Native Plants Society in Cooperation with The Bombay Hook Garden Keepers
Date:   Saturday, 3 October 2009
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Place:  Visitors Center Auditorium, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road Smyrna, DE  19977

The Lily family (known as the Liliaceae family) includes some of the most  spectacular flowering plants adorning fields, forests and gardens and  includes not only the lilies but also beautiful spring woodland plants like Yellow Trout Lily, Solomon's Seal, Bellwort and many others. Plants in this family have linear leaves, mostly with parallel veins but with several having net venation (e.g., Clintonia, and Medeola,), and flower arranged in threes. Several have bulbs, while others have rhizomes. Shade-dwelling genera usually have broad, net-veined leaves, fleshy fruits with animal-dispersed seeds, rhizomes, and small, inconspicuous flowers; genera native to sunny habitats usually have narrow, parallel-veined leaves, capsular fruits with wind-dispersed seeds, bulbs, and large, visually conspicuous flowers.

The family is well represented in the native flora of Delaware and comprises some of the most handsome garden plants for home landscapes.  There are selections which grow well in a wide variety of garden conditions ranging from near swamp to dry uplands. This symposium is the fifth in a series and is sponsored jointly by the Delaware Native Plant Society and the Bombay Hook Garden Keepers.  Lunch is included at no cost and plans are being made for a specialty nursery to have plants in the family available for purchase. The symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited. To register, contact Quentin Schlieder by phone at (302) 653-6449 or by e-mail at qcsjr@comcast.net after September 1, 2009.  The program for the day includes:

10:00 AM - Registration and Refreshments

10:15 AM - Lilies and their Relatives in their Delaware Native Habitats - Bill McAvoy will give an overview of members of this family in their Native Delaware habitats.

William (Bill) McAvoy is the Botanist with the Delaware Natural Heritage Program where he takes primary responsibility for planning, coordinating, and conducting inventories for rare plant species in Delaware. He specializes in coastal plain flora with a particular interest in phytogeography. Bill joined the DNHP in 1990.  Bill has served both as Vice President and President of the Delaware Native Plant Society.  He has participated in the previous symposia on Ferns, Hardy Native Orchids and the Rhododendron Family.

11:15 AM - Break/Plant Sales

11:30 AM - Native Eastern American Member of the Lily Family for the Garden- Judy Glattstein will discuss their propagation and successful culture in Delaware gardens.

Judy gardens for her own pleasure, and consults with home gardeners, providing design suggestions and planting guides to refine and improve their personal landscapes. She also consults for commercial clients, offering specialized guidance on plant selection, maintenance, and design. A popular instructor, she teaches at the New York Botanical Garden and for the Continuing Education Program of Cook College at Rutgers, the University of New Jersey. She lectures within her home state of New Jersey and across the United States, and has lectured abroad: Canada, England, Holland, and Japan. She is a noted author whose books include Bulbs For Garden Habitats (Timber Press, 2005. $29.95), Consider the Leaf: Foliage for Garden Design (Timber Press, 2003. $24.95), Made for the Shade ( Barron's Educational Series, 1998. $14.95) and Flowering Bulbs For Dummies® (IDG Books Worldwide, 1998. $16.99).  Her articles have appeared in The American Gardener, American Horticulturist , Fine Gardening, Flower & Garden, The Garden-Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, Garden Design, Horticulture and Woman's Day Gardening & Outdoor Living. She has presented programs at Millersville Native Plant Conference, Millersville PA, The Royal Horticultural Society's Great Autumn Show, London, England, and the  US National Arboretum symposium, Washington, DC.

12:30 PM - Lunch/Plant Sales

1:00 PM - Field trip

2:00 PM - Adjourn

Registrations accepted after September 1st by calling Quentin Schlieder at (302) 653-6449

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