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).

 

Sussex Master Gardeners offer a variety of garden workshops this spring

In case you didn’t hear, a rather famous groundhog did not see his shadow this year, meaning that Spring 2011 is just around the corner! That news sits well with Sussex County Master Gardener volunteers, who planned in advance of the Punxsutawney rodent’s long -awaited prediction! Sussex Master Gardeners are pleased to present the opportunity for the public to get their spring garden in gear and in style! Are you new to Delaware? Are you curious what can grow well here? Can your home garden be an economics asset?  Can you easily access and harvest the great vegetables you have grown from seed to produce?   All these topics and more await at the Carvel Research and Education Center, home to Sussex County Cooperative Extension and our dedicated gardening expert volunteers.

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are free. They fill up fast, so pre-registration is required.  Come with a family member or friend and learn together how much fun a productive garden in southern Delaware can be! All are welcome. For directions and any special needs you may have, please visit the page links adjacent to the “home” page above our header.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 – Planning/Journaling in the Garden

Presenter-Jessica Clark
1:00 p.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. Planning your physical garden is more than obtaining a soil sample, adding compost and fertilizer, planting in the right seasons. Your garden should be a place where the feeling of your hands in the dirt offers a deep, primordial connection with the earth, where you learn what can work for you in the physical garden and where it can work for you in your emotional garden as you journal your thoughts and feelings in the peaceful oasis that you create. Bring a notebook, some photos of your garden, and some ideas. We will be using some ideas from Digging Deep by Fran Sorin. Register here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 – Vegetable Gardening

Presenter-Linda Peters
11:00 a.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. We will discuss the basics of starting the garden from scratch and will cover topics such as: location, soil, fertilizing, watering, etc. This workshop is a good basic discussion for new gardeners and a good review for experienced gardeners. Register here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – More Bloom for Your Buck  (This workshop is full. Thank you!)

Presenter- Tracy Mulveny
7:00 p.m., Carvel Meeting Room 1

Cost: $5.00 per person. LIMIT 30 PARTICIPANTS. A hands-on class to demonstrate simple techniques to grow more plants for your garden from seeds and cuttings. Please bring clippers or heavy scissors and gloves. Register here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – Gardening on the Cheap

Presenter-Miguel Pirez-Faber
11:00 a.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. Who does not want to learn some money-saving ideas for gardening in Delaware? Register here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 – Native Plants

Presenter-Brent Marsh
7:00 p.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. Songbird populations have been declining for years because habitat is declining. You can help by adding native plants to yards and gardens. Non-native plants do not nourish local birds and beneficial insects. Native plants do nourish the habitat and they are attractive and interesting additions to the garden. Register here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 – Water Wise Container Gardening

Presenter-Marjorie Lewis
11:00 a.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. The spring is too wet and the summer is too dry. Do you want to know how to really plant attractive containers? Then attend this workshop to find out! Register here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 – New Gardener in Delaware?

Presenter-Panel of Master Gardeners
1:00 p.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. New to Delaware? Ask about gardening in the sand, salt air, humidity and heat in Delaware. Register here.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Accessible Gardening

Presenter-Bob Williams
10:00 a.m., Carvel

Cost: Free. Do you enjoy nature? Do you think all gardening tools are the same? Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age or develop mobility issues, and visit our garden to see how they are used. Make garden enjoyable for all. Register here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 – Hostas

Presenter-Vickie Thompson
7:00 p.m., Carvel Meeting Room 3

Cost: Free. A perennial favorite workshop (no pun intended). If you want to learn about Hostas, this is the time and place! Register here.

Master Gardeners are people who enjoy gardening, have gardening experience, want to learn more about gardening, and have a desire to help others in their community. They have all completed an intensive training program and volunteered a minimum of 45 hours during their first year of membership. Please visit the link to learn more information about the Master Gardening Program in Sussex County, where you may also download a PDF brochure of the upcoming workshops.

A little more garlic please!

Do you like to cook with garlic? Is the Mediterranean bulb a must-have ingredient in your pantry or kitchen counter? Have you ever thought about growing it in your garden?  The next workshop in the Sussex County Master Gardener’s series of garden-themed classes will show you how to enjoy home-grown garlic!  Mark Thursday, Feb. 10,2011 at 11 a.m. on your calendar and take a look at the full list of workshops that our highly trained volunteers offer to the public, most often free of charge (or very low cost). The garlic workshop is free, but space is limited. Register now to guarantee your spot!  All workshops are located at the Carvel Research and Education Center on Route 9, just west of Sussex Tech High School.

Registration is easy and online! Take a look at what is in store in organizing your garden, encouraging native plants and beneficial insects, making your garden work for your budget, and how to be a successful gardener in Delaware.   Or if you prefer, download the PDF brochure and call in your registration to Tammy Schirmer, 302-856-2585 ext 540.

To learn more about the Sussex County Master Gardeners, its programs and volunteers – and for detailed directions please visit their website: http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/index.html

Sussex Master Gardeners announce 2011 winter and spring workshops

Despite the cold weather and arrival of winter’s snow, now is a good time to turn your thoughts to your house plants, which still need attention. The Care and Feeding of Houseplants is the first in the 2011 winter/spring offering of Master Gardener workshops. Learn how to grow garlic, plan and write a garden journal, create a Delaware vegetable garden and much, much more!

Please bookmark and visit our site again soon as more workshops are finalized!  Yes, it’s cold outside…but spring is right around the corner!

Happy Holidays and a big thank you to the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talent and share it with the public. You help to make our gardens and homes productive and beautiful! Collectively you donate thousands of hours for the public good and offer professional quality classes for free or a nominal cost.