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!
The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their Summer/Fall 2012 workshop schedule. The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. & Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Please preregister by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, email@example.com. or http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/workshops.html Workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Schedule:
Livable Lawnsregister online
Monday, July 30, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3 Presented by Valann Budischak. The goal of the Delaware Livable Lawns initiative is simple – reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff from lawns. This workshop will provide the necessary information needed to maintain a healthy, beautiful, lawn while partnering in the protection of the environment.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden and
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden Presented by Barbara Busch. Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, peat moss, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant. It is lighter than terracotta and can withstand winter weather. At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot to take home. $15 charge for materials, limited to 12 participants (each session). Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves. Please make checks payable to Sussex County Master Gardeners.
Flavor Up Your Herbsregister online
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1 p.m., Kitchen & Conference Room 2 Presented by Betty Lou Suter. Welcome to our “Herb Garden” and “Kitchen of Samples.” We plan a walk through the herb garden; see a wattle?….knot?, many culinary and cosmetic herbs, then off to the kitchen for herb ideas for gifts and culinary uses. Sample some goodies made more delicious with herbs; rosemary shortbread, pansy rollups, just to name a few! YUM! Limit 15.
Buzz About Beesregister online
Thursday, September 20, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3 Presented by Shelley McNeal. Bees are a fascinating, social, and endangered group of insects. This talk will focus on the wonder of bees, recent threats to their survival, and the efforts being made to protect them. Shelley will describe her experiences as a beekeeper. Included are landscaping practices that homeowners can easily adopt to help protect our pollinators.
Peter Rabbit is NOT my Friendregister online
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7 p.m., Conference Room 3 Presented by Tracy Mulveny. This workshop will discuss the five most common animal pests in our gardens, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, moles and voles. Some ideas on how to eliminate or co-exist with them will be presented. New ideas are always welcome so bring your own success stories to share.
Raised Bed Construction and Gardeningregister online
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3. Presented by Mike Deshaies. Raised beds have many advantages over traditional garden beds; their soil tends to warm earlier in the season, they tend to have better drainage, the gardener has more control over the soil in the beds, and the placement and design of raised beds can make for easy access. Building a raised bed is a not-too-difficult project that can quickly increase the size and quality of the growing space. This workshop will provide tips and ideas for constructing raised beds for your garden.
Containers for the Holidaysregister online
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room 3. Presented by Mary Sue Colaizzi. There is no reason to put your garden containers away for the winter. Summer containers do not have to look like a “pot full of dirt” during the winter months. With a little imagination and design savvy your containers can offer beauty and pleasure all year round. Come learn how to make a four-season container to get you through the winter blahs.
Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.
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:
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.
Making Herbal Vinegar and Flavored Honey
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!
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.
The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a presentation titled “You Just Have to Look” to be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1 p.m.
The insects in our backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they are so mall, you just have to look. Grownups, kids and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids or come by yourself.
Brent Marsh will be presenting this workshop at the Carvel Research and Education Center – Sussex County Cooperative Extension in Meeting Room 3. The workshop is free. Please pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 x 544 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by the Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and the Delaware State University Extension offices. It is the Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.
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.
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!
Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their early 2012 (Winter/Spring) series of gardening workshops. Pre-registration is required for all Master Gardener workshops and the public may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 x 544.
Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. In 2010 Sussex County Master Gardeners provided outreach to 5, 315 participants via 59 workshops. Collectively, in 2010 Master Gardeners donated 5,631 hours of expertise to local Sussex communities.
(location subject to change)
‘Starting Plants from Seeds‘, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Ila Myers. Learn the basics of seed starting including types of containers, timing, lighting, temperature, moisture, and soil. At little cost, you can increase the variety and quantity of your plants by using seeds.
‘Using the Web to Plan and Design Your Garden’, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3.
Presented by Darrell Hagar. Learn to use several websites that provide garden planning software to layout a vegetable garden. These sites create plans that can be printed and saved to aid in future planning and proper crop rotation.
Presented by Bob Williams. Think all gardening tools are the same? Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age or develop mobility issues. Tools and techniques which can help make gardening enjoyable again.
‘Planning/Journaling in the Garden’, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Jessica Clark. A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Discover how creative you can be with the written word. Weather permitting; we will explore the Demonstration Garden for inspiration. You can feel free to share your writings or write only for your benefit. Bring a notebook, some photos of your garden and some ideas.
‘Children Planting the Children’s Garden’, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Held in the Demonstration Garden.
Presented by Chris Henderson. Children will work with the Master Gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings in the Children’s Garden area and learn about theme gardens. Ages 5-11, accompanied by an adult, limit 20 children.
Presented by Lisa Arni. Watch our instructor make flower arrangements in 5minutes — no rules, just fun with flowers! Several quick and easy flower arrangements will be demonstrated (no hands-on) using flowers and other elements from the garden.
‘Photographing Your Garden’, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Bobbie Ranney. Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional. Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.
‘You Just Have to Look! ’, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Brent Marsh. The insects in your backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they’re so small, you just have to look. Grownups, kids, and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids, or come by yourself.
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.