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: http://www.rec.udel.edu

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


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