2013 A Day in The Garden – Sussex Master Gardener Open House

2013 Open House “A Day in the Garden” is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year in July, Sussex County Master Gardeners host “A Day in the Garden” in their beautiful teaching Demonstration Garden, located at the Sussex County Extension office at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown. Directly behind the Carvel facility, the garden pathways that meander around specialty gardens, shade and sun, benches and garden art welcome area gardeners of all ages. It is the time to explore, take pictures, learn about varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables and that work well in the Delaware landscape. In 2012 our A Day in the Garden was family friendly with a captivating Children’s Garden, which changes each year and encourages inquisitive young minds to interact with the exhibits. At our open house, we’ll show you how to make gardens smart and easy with tools and raised beds that allow gardening to be accessible.

Each year our features change! Come see what we’ve designed, planted and cultivated. There is always something new! Do you have a plant that’s under the weather, or not cooperating with the weather? Bring it to our Sick Plant Clinic mini-workshops, exhibits, services and experts will be on hand. Visit our plant sale and take home a new plant to enjoy in your garden!

July 2013 is still in the planning stages – but we have a date, Saturday, July 13! Meanwhile, you’ll get a good idea by viewing last year’s YouTube invitation and by viewing the slide show of images from our 2012 A Day in The Garden!

See you in July!

A Day in the Garden – Sussex County Master Gardener Open House Sat. July 14, 2012

 

Sussex Master Gardeners invite the public to “A Day in the Garden”

When:  Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where: Demonstration Garden, behind Carvel REC, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown

What: Sussex County Master Gardener Open House – annual event

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking: Free and ample!

Cost: Free to the public

Come get inspirational ideas for your garden – colorful photo opportunities abound in this annual open house of increasing popularity, more than 300 Sussex County residents and their families are anticipated to attend this open air event that will provide a multitude of events including:

  • Plant sale
  • Regular showings of the award-winning production of  “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden” which delight children
  • Expert advice at the Plant Clinic for vegetable and flower garden!
  • Demonstration Garden labeled with native and non-native plants that are idea for Delaware’s climate and growing conditions!
  • Garden Smart Garden Safe demonstrations on accessible gardening techniques and resources including tool demos and raised beds, etc.
  • Mini-workshops on:
    •  Making Herbal Vinegar and Flavored Honey
    • Shade Gardens
    • Five Ways to Save in the Garden
    • Free Tool Sharpening
    • Much, much more

The Plant Sale is a popular feature! There's nothing like a plant grown with love by a master gardener!

Talk with our Cooperative Extension experts and volunteer Master Gardeners who can provide advice, resources and inspiration for growing flower and vegetables and discovery of nature in Sussex County, Delaware. Did you know that in 2011, Master Gardeners donated nearly 6000 hours of service to their community. Many of those hours are spent planning and developing this beautiful teaching garden! We hope you will join us!

 

 

Visit the Open House “A Day in the Garden” website: http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/OpenHouse.html (include photos from 2011 Open House event).

 

A beautiful day for “You Just Have to Look”

It couldn’t have been a nicer day for 59 registrants who attended You Just Have To Look, a family friendly Master Gardener workshop!  Before outside explorations, Master Gardener Brent Marsh provided workshop attendees with an orientation of the wonders of insect life in the garden.  One of the highlights was how different mature insects look from baby insects, how insects change and transform, and what is the difference between a good or “beneficial” insect and pest insects that eat crops!

With 10X triplet loupes in hand (children got to take theirs home) everyone went out to the Sussex County Master Garden Demonstration Garden for an afternoon of family, learning, color and exploration.

“You Just Have to Take a Look” at these photos!

Sussex Master Gardeners plan children’s workshop May 19

A young reader enjoys a shady spot in the 2011 Children's Garden, which area children helped to create.

On Saturday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m.  local children are invited to help create the 2012 Children’s Garden located behind the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center on Route 9, just west of Sussex Tech High School.

The Children’s Garden is a very popular section of the overall Demonstration Garden which is open to the public and featured during many Master Gardener events throughout the year and especially delights families during  their Open House scheduled in July.

Children will work with Master Gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings and learn about theme gardens.

The morning will be begin with a special story, the legend of “The Three Sisters” told by Michele Wright, of the Nanticoke Association.

Afterward, children will be placed in five groups and will rotate for 12 minutes accomplishing tasks at five stations:

  • Composting and Three Sisters Planting – with Tracy Wootten, UD Extension agent, horticulture.
  • Exploring plant growth. Plantings in various areas of the garden and taking a plant home! – with Master Gardeners Mary Sue Colaizzi and Tracy Mulveny. Explore texture, color and help create a growing skirt for “Mrs. Green Beans!”
  • What’s the Buzz with Bees – with Master Gardener Brent Marsh (pssst, he’s also known as Farmer McGregor!)
  • All About Insects – with Master Gardener Ingrid Hetfield.
  • Creating Theme Gardens – with Master Gardener Chris Henderson.

There will also be a special command performance of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden!

This potted man and his potted puppy was a popular attraction in the 2011 children's theme garden! Come help us create this year's theme!

This special Master Gardener workshop is appropriate for children ages 5 to 11. Besides learning new skills, children will grow  a sense of pride and satisfaction creating a garden space  that will evolve, grow and serve as a place that others in the community can enjoy. They will enjoy watching their efforts change  and bloom throughout the summer and fall, and can return to visit often!  This workshop  is free, but space is limited to 20 youth.

In the event of rain, the workshop will be held inside the Carvel REC.

For more information, contact Kim Lewis at (302) 856-7303 or you may register online .

The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden is located behind the Carvel Research and Education Center, with ample parking on the east side of the building. Look for the blue and gold tent just beyond the parking area. Children should wear comfortable and garden-friendly clothes. We will be digging in the soil!

UD Master Gardener’s “A Day in the Garden” and plant sale returns on Sat. July 16.

Where: Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. 19947. Look for the blue and gold tent behind the Carvel Center.  Carvel is one quarter mile west of Sussex Tech H.S. and on the same side of the road.
When: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Parking: Ample and free
Website: For more details about A Day at the Garden

Sussex County Master Gardeners, of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both Delaware State University and University of Delaware, invite the public to their Open House on Saturday, July 16 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.

This year’s highlights include:

Plant Sale: Back by popular demand, Master Gardeners will have a plant sale with proceeds benefiting their educational outreach programs

Accessible Gardening.Tour our gardens to get ideas for quick and 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.

Farmer McGregor explains how he and Peter Rabbit get along. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Sussex Master Gardeners will have annuals and perennials for sale!

Children’s Garden. Enjoy the garden drama “Peter Rabbit’s Adventures in Farmer McGregor’s Vegetable Garden.” Meet Farmer McGregor and Peter and hear their story.  Go on a scavenger hunt or enjoy our butterflies, frogs and goldfish. What’s it like being inside a teepee trellis? Come and find out! Bring your camera for great photo opportunities.  Come enjoy all our children’s activities – from learning about insects, to potting your own plant and more!

New to Vegetable Gardening? Learn about Square Foot Gardening, using raised beds and containers for growing vegetables.

Save your Harvest! Learn how to easily preserve what you have grown in your garden!  Demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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

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

Tool Sharpening. Bring yours and learn how to sharpen them properly.

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.

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.  Plus…container gardening, vertical gardening, square foot gardening, raised beds, native plants, backyard habitat, soil testing, composting, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs!  Have a plant problem? Bring it to our plant clinic for identification and recommendations.

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

For More Information: Contact Tracy Wootten at 302-856-2585, ext. 538, wootten@udel.edu or Tammy Schirmer at ext. 544, tammys@udel.edu. Please visit our website for detailed directions, photo gallery and more information: www.rec.udel.edu

Update: See photos from the 2011 A Day at the Garden!

 

UD demonstration and woodland gardens offer opportunities for little hands to explore

This past May, when Delaware’s flora and fauna were expanding and showing off their diverse vibrancy, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers invited pre-school and elementary students to explore their outdoor classrooms. Located on the Carvel Research & Education Center’s grounds in Georgetown, Dot Abbott, state extension agent in Renewable Natural Resources, and Tracy Wootten, Sussex County horticultural agent and liaison for the

Farmer McGregor explains how he and Peter Rabbit get along!

Sussex County Master Gardeners, hosted a variety of outdoor classrooms available to informally teach curious minds. Staffed by volunteer Master Gardeners, the Demonstration Garden and woodland outdoor classroom became a fresh-air venue for everything green and growing – a day of adventure, investigation and hands-on learning that included getting friendly with Delaware garden soil. There’s just no better way to get one’s hands dirty…er…we mean soily!  You can view all the pictures of May’s outdoor classroom activity here!

May is not the only opportunity to explore nature’s garden bounty! Although the Demonstration Garden is open throughout the growing season, Sussex Master Gardeners schedule and highlight specific days catering to parents, teachers, homeowners and students. On these occasions, Master Gardener volunteers and Extension staff are on hand to offer more detailed information, advice and insights into successful gardening in Delaware.  A very popular section of the garden has been especially designed for children to enjoy and participate in the rewards of gardening.

Who knew Delaware soil could be this interesting!

The Children’s Garden welcomes little hands to explore the soil, crawl under a teepee trellis, stick their heads through a blooming photo prop, watch butterflies land on a pink or purple petal and view  splashing goldfish and hear croaking frogs in a pond near the shade garden. Their annual open house,  A Day in the Garden, features opportunities to mix potting soil, plant flowers and vegetables, search for items in a scavenger hunt, and watch a command performance of “Peter Rabbit’s Adventures in Farmer McGregor’s Vegetable Garden,” featuring the voices, puppets and talents of many Sussex County volunteer Master Gardeners.

And while the children explore, learn and enjoy the colors of the garden, adults too, can have an opportunity to learn about what grows best in Delaware. An Accessible Garden area demonstrates that gardening can be enjoyed at any age – even with some physical limitations. Native plants, grown to encourage beneficial insects and songbirds, are clearly identified. Ornamental shrubs and trees, annual and perennial flowers, plants that thrive in shade or sun, are featured and marked with signs. Bring your camera! Back by popular demand, the Master Gardeners will again be holding a plant sale.

Sussex County Master Gardeners welcome the public to this very special, educational, family-friendly day. Let us demonstrate how rewarding any level of gardening can be!

Where: Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. 19947.  Look for the blue and gold tent behind the Carvel Center.
When: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Parking: Ample and free
Website: For more details about A Day at the Garden

Article by Michele Walfred

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/