April is National Volunteer Month and an appropriate time to congratulate the Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Class of 2009. To obtain the title of “Master Gardener,” applicants must complete approximately 60 hours of instruction and 45 hours of volunteer work. They have all recently completed their volunteer hours! The Master Gardener Class of 2009 received instruction in the following areas: plant growth, soils and plant nutrients, plant propagation, plant identification, pesticide safety, home plantings, perennials and herbs, vegetable gardening, turf establishment and management, fruit production, composting, backyard habitats, weed control in lawns and gardens, diagnosing plant diseases and insects.
Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Jane Roy, Susan Trone, Betty Layton, Tracy Mulveny, Jessie Clark, and Mary Perkins;
Second row: Maggie Moor-Orth, Delaware State University ag agent and Master Gardener coordinator, Tracy Wootten, University of Delaware Sussex County horticulture agent, Ernie Soffronoff, Eddie Filemyr, John Trivits, Jane Casazza, Marie Mayor, Brent Marsh, Gayle August, Tom White, Terry Plummer, and Miguel Pirez-Fabar.
Photo by Troy Darden, DSU
Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardener program is a joint effort between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. It is the policy of both institutions 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. The Sussex County Garden Helpline is now being staffed by Master Gardener volunteers, please call, 302-856-2585 ext. 535, with your gardening questions. For more information on becoming a Master Gardener call 302-857-6426.
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.