Botanical gardens sponsoring native plants presentation Oct. 19

Gregg Tepper will present “The Sensory Appeal of Native Plants” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by the Southern Delaware Botanical Gardens.

Tepper is the horticulturist at the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, where he provides care and maintenance of the Woods Path, Meadow, Formal Gardens, Dogwood Path, Pond Garden, Rock Outcrop and Entrance Landscape gardens. He has been a native plant enthusiast for more than 25 years and has lectured extensively in the U.S., as well as at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Wisley in England. His specialty interests are ferns, lilies, irises and Trilliums.

Tepper will discuss the unique ways in which native plants appeal to each of the senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and even sound. He will present little-known facts, true stories and photographs of the wildflowers of the forest and field. A plant list will be available. The program is free to SDBG members and costs $17 for non-members.

The mission of the Southern Delaware Botanical Gardens 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