Botanical gardens to present sustainable landscaping program

Susan Barton will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard” on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.

Using the lessons learned by managing roadside vegetation along Delaware’s roadsides in the Enhancing Delaware Highways project for more than 10 years, the talk will suggest methods for incorporating sustainable landscape design and management into the home landscape. It will also cover other local projects, including the water management plantings in South Bethany.

Barton is an extension specialist and associate professor in the Plant & Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. She has worked closely for the past 12 years with DelDOT to research and implement new roadside vegetation management strategies. She has also worked with partners to develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware Program, designed to provide alternatives to known invasive plants species and to promote sustainable landscaping.

Barton teaches Plants & Human Culture, Nursery & Garden Center Management and Students of Our Environment and coordinates the Landscape Horticulture Internship. She also works closely with the nursery and landscape industry, writing newsletters, organizing short courses and conducting horticulture industry expos with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association.

Barton received the Nursery Extension Award in 1995 from the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the Ratledge Award for service from the University of Delaware in 2007.

There will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from Lord’s Landscaping in Millville at the event.

The presentation is one of a series sponsored by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, whose mission is “to create a world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.” For more information, visit their website at