Delaware Native Plant Society

Delaware Native
Plant Society

P.O. Box 369
Dover, DE 19903

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David G. Smith at

2014 Native Plant Symposium

Date: September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Planting for Beauty and Biodiversity:

Putting Back the Layers - A Symposium

Presented by The Delaware Native Plants Society in cooperation with

The Bombay Hook Garden Keepers


Date:   Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time:     10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Place:  Visitors Center Auditorium, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977


Landscape designer, photographer, and author Rick Darke will look at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and will describe how to create and manage them in gardens that are beautiful, biologically diverse, and eminently livable. Darke’s presentation will illustrate proven plants for the mid-Atlantic region and will describe a practical, ecologically sound approach to layering he calls “spacemaking with organic architecture”.  Bill McAvoy, Botanist with the Delaware Natural Heritage Program, will show us the layers of a Delaware forest as a model. A complimentary lunch is included. 


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.  The program for the day includes:


10:00 a.m. -Registration and Refreshments


10:15 a.m. - Layers in Delaware Forests - Bill McAvoy

Noted botanist Bill McAvoy will present a program on the vegetative layers within native Delaware forests.  A lot can be learned how these complex ecosystems are organized and function. 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 He has served both as Vice President and President of the Delaware Native Plant Society and has participated in the nine previous symposia on Ferns, Hardy Native Orchids, Native rhododendrons, lilies and native members of the Aster family and several others.  


 11:15 a.m. - Break/Plant Sales


 11:30 a.m. - Planting for Beauty and Biodiversity - Rick Darke

Rick Darke, President of RICK DARKE LLC, is a widely published author, photographer, lecturer and consultant focused on regional landscape design, planning, conservation, and enhancement. Blending art, ecology, and cultural geography, Darke is dedicated to the design and stewardship of livable landscapes. showing gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life. Darke will discuss the design of a beautiful, biodiverse home gardenand will explain each layer of the landscape and what role the plants within them play in the larger environment, from providing berries for birds, food for bugs, or a place for bees to pollinate. He will suggest how to implement these strategies into a home garden.


1:00 p.m. - Complimentary lunch, door prize drawing, book signing and social hour


2:00 p.m. - Adjourn

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