Sussex County Master Gardeners invite public to Open House, Saturday July 17, 2010. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sussex County Master Gardeners, of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both Delaware State University and University of Delaware, invite you to their Open House on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sussex County Extension Office in Georgetown.   Admission is FREE.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event and join Master Gardeners in supporting the Delaware Does More Program – growing food and funds for neighbors in need. Visit the Open House website here.

The Sussex County Extension Office is located at 16483 County Seat Highway, Route 9, west of Georgetown (west of Sussex Tech High School and on the same side of the road). Look for the blue and gold tent in the Sussex County Demonstration Garden, immediately behind the office building.  Ample parking is available.

A Day in the Garden Highlights – 2010

Accessible Gardening… Tour our gardens to get ideas for quick & easy ways to make gardening enjoyable for all. See tools and gardening aids, raised beds, containers and much more.  Receive tips from a visiting physical therapist for staying fit and working in the garden at any age.

New for 2010! Plant Sale!

Children’s Garden…  Enjoy story time in our Peter Rabbit’s Garden. New for 2010 – Meet Mr. McGregor and Peter at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Go on a scavenger hunt or enjoy our butterflies, frogs and goldfish. Bring your camera for great photo opportunities.  Come enjoy all our childrens’ activities – from learning about insects, to potting your own plant and more!

Last year, parents enjoyed photographing their children as well as the beautiful flowers!

New to Vegetable Gardening? Learn from years of Master Gardener experience and tour our vegetable garden. Learn about the Plant A Row Program to help those in need enjoy fresh produce

Sussex County Master Gardeners share gardening tips with participants. Master Gardeners donate fresh produce to the Plant A Row For the Hungry Program from their garden each year.

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Rain barrels are great ways to catch rainwater for use in the garden… Learn how to make your own.

Love Trains?  Love Gardening? Enjoy watching our train in the garden. Learn how to add interest and greater enjoyment with both hobbies.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.  Visit our native plant, herb, shade, bog, annual, perennial, pond, butterfly and children’s gardens.  Get ideas for gardening with limited space using raised beds and containers.  What varieties grow well in Sussex County?  Tour our azalea, hydrangea and annual trial gardens to find out.

Have a plant problem? Bring it to our Plant Clinic for identification and recommendations.

Door Prizes will be awarded to visitors.  No rain date is set for this event.
Bring a brown bag lunch and eat in our shaded picnic grove!

Just added! What’s wrong with my plants? – A garden walk focusing on pests will immediately follow the Open House event. This free workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and does require pre-registration. For more information, please visit our upcoming workshop page: http://www.rec.udel.edu/Extension/MasterGardeners/SCMG_Workshops.html

For More Information: Contact Tracy Wootten at 302-856-2585, ext. 538, wootten@udel.edu or Karen Adams at ext. 540, adams@udel.edu. Please visit our website for detailed directions, photo gallery and more information: www.rec.udel.edu

Media is welcome to use any of the additional photographs in their releases: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carvel/sets/72157624283359909/