The Delaware Native Plant Society will host its Ninth annual Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the visitors center auditorium at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna.
The symposium will focus on natural plant community models for rain gardens in Delaware. Participants will learn why so many ran garden plantings fail or lack the ecological and functional value they are expected to provide.
The event will be hosted by Bill McAvoy, who is a 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 also served as vice president and president of the Delaware Native Plant Society, and has participated in previous symposia on Ferns, Hardy Native Orchids, Trees and members of the Rhododendron and Aster families.
A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch are being provided. Reservations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information: (302) 653-6449 or visit delawarenativeplants.org.