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!

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