Colorful Natives at UDBG this Fall

August 15, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Did the heat and drought claim a few of your prize perennials this summer?

Fill those empty spaces and add a little zing to your garden with a fabulous selection of colorful natives and other choice plants at the UDBG Fall Plant Sale. Admission is free.

  • Friday, September 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • UDBG Friends can shop early at Members Day, Thursday, September 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Explore color in the garden with two lectures focusing on the wide range of color available using native plants:

  • UD’s Dr. Robert Lyons presents “The Color of the Native Plant Palette…and Other Related Thoughts,” Tuesday, September 4, 7 p.m.–Lyons presents colorful, reliable natives that function within a low maintenance philosophy. UDBG Friends: $5; $10 for nonmembers.
  • North Creek Nurseries’ Claudia West explores “The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Apply Natural Color Theories to Enhance Design,” Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.—Learn how native plant communities inspire harmonious landscape design. UDBG Friends: free; $10 for nonmembers.

The Plant Sale is located in the Production Area behind Townsend Hall on UD’s South Campus. Both lectures will be held in The Commons, Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware’s South Campus. Pre-registration is requested for the lectures. Contact Sue Biddle at (302) 831-2531 or email Visit our website, for more information on these and all events at UDBG.


A Mid-Summer Night’s Stroll

June 13, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Be inspired and enjoy a Mid-Summer Night’s Stroll during the height of summer bloom in the UD Botanic Gardens on Wednesday, July 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check out the next “must have” plant in the Trial Garden, watch the butterflies feast on native plants along the Lepidoptera Trail, and see the Herbaceous Garden awash in the colors of summer. This free event features staff on hand to answer questions, light refreshments, music by the Royal Palm Steel Band, and the opportunity to purchase plants found blooming in the Herbaceous Garden. Cash and checks only please. Join us in the Herbaceous Garden behind Townsend Hall on the UD’s South Campus. Reservations requested. Contact Donna Kelsch at (302) 831-2531, email or visit our website,

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Sussex MGs offer garden walk

June 13, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a Garden Walk at the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden on, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m. The garden is located behind the county Extension office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. The event is free.

Master Gardeners will feature a look at a June garden filled with flowers. In addition to enjoying the garden, a number of Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including an exhibit of Accessible Gardening Tips and Tools.

Following the Garden Walk, Master Gardener Vicki Thompson will be presenting a workshop on ‘Hostas’ at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 3 of the Extension Office. Pre-register for this workshop by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 ext. 542 or

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.

Article submitted by Michele Walfred.


June 15: Official opening of NCC MG garden

June 8, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

We invite you to join the University of Delaware New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the official opening of their Native Plant and Vegetable Demonstration and Teaching Gardens; tours, a question and answer session and light refreshments are included in the program. A formal program featuring the development and purpose of the demonstration and teaching gardens will take place at 6 pm in conference room 132A.

Please check our website for any program updates RSVP to sharon lucabaugh,, (302) 831-2506.

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension New Castle County Master Gardeners’ Native Plant and Vegetable Teaching and Demonstration Gardens are located at 461 Wyoming Road in Newark Delaware on the University of Delaware campus.

The Native Plant Garden has been designed and planted to create an awareness of the environmental benefits that can be achieved through the use of native plants. This garden, located at the front of the Extension office, is an attractive demonstration of native plant use, easily adaptable to the home landscape. It consists of five very different garden niches, each planted with material appropriate for the growing conditions/objectives of that site: the butterfly garden, rain garden system, corner prairie meadow, foundation plantings, and shrubs and paths.

The Vegetable Garden has been designed, amongst other things, to demonstrate how to grow vegetables successfully in a small space. This garden, located behind the Extension office, alongside the compost demonstration site, features four raised vegetable garden beds, a perennial border for pollinators, a berry border featuring raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and a tomato border. The harvest from this site supports the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program and is donated to the Delaware Food Bank.

The teaching and demonstration gardens are used as outdoor classrooms for workshops and other purposes. Self- guided tours are also encouraged at any time.


UD Botanic Gardens March Events

February 25, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Longing for Spring?  Join the UD Botanic Gardens for March events.

Wednesday, March 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.–Plant Sale Highlights
The Commons, Townsend Hall
UDBG Friends: Free; Nonmembers: $10
UDBG Director John Frett presents the fabulous winterhazels (Corylopsis) and many of the other plants offered at the 19th Annual Benefit Plant Sale. Refreshments served.

Thursday, March 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.–Guided Walk
Meet @ Fischer Greenhouse
UDBG Friends: Free; Nonmembers: $5
Dr. Frett will lead a guided walk around the gardens focusing on landscape-size plants that will be offered at the Sale.

REGISTRATION: Contact Donna Kelsch at or 302-831-2531.

Don’t forget to check out the Plant Sale Catalog on the UDBG website, Hardcopy will be bulk mailed soon.


Volunteers plant seeds of hope at UD Garden for the Community

May 10, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Volunteers from the University of Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware began the first stages of planting at the University’s Garden for the Community on Friday morning, May 7.

Located on one-third of an acre of land on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources site off South College Avenue, the garden will provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry this season.

Volunteers spent the morning mulching, spreading compost and straw, harvesting radishes, planting cabbage and more. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle and Laura Coogan from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s office.

“What a great partnership we have with the University of Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “The abundance of fresh produce they provide throughout the summer and fall months helps ensure that we get nutritious foods into the hands of those that need it most.”

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our successful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware by again planting our Garden for the Community,” said Tom Sims, deputy dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Last year, thanks to the help of more than 100 volunteers, our garden provided the food bank with more than 7,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown vegetables.”

Volunteers will be needed at the Garden for the Community throughout the summer months to help harvest, pull weeds, plant late summer crops and other tasks. Those interested in learning more can visit the Garden for the Community website.

In addition to helping at the garden, the Food Bank of Delaware also encourages the community to keep hungry Delawareans in mind as summer’s crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, string beans and more begin to sprout. Surplus donations can be donated directly to the organization’s hunger-relief efforts.

Donations are accepted at the Newark (14 Garfield Way) and Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) warehouses weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Food Bank of Delaware website.

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Sussex County Master Gardeners invite the public to their garden

May 10, 2010 under CANR News

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the dates of several events to be held in their Demonstration Garden this spring and summer.  The garden is located behind the county Extension office, 16483 County Seat Highway (Route 9), Georgetown, Del., approximately ¼ miles west of Sussex Tech High School. All events are free to the public.

Garden Walks will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7p.m.    In addition to enjoying the garden, a number of Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including:  lawns, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, shrubs and insects. 

The Master Gardeners Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This ‘Day in the Garden’ event features, in addition to the garden, information stations on a number of gardening subjects, a plant clinic, activities in the Children’s Garden, and a plant sale.  Details of this event will be available on the website in June.            

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are the volunteer arm of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. Delaware Cooperative Extension welcomes and encourages participation of all individuals.  If a member of the public has special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event at 302-856-7303.