Sussex County Master Gardener Open House set

July 2, 2013 under Cooperative Extension

Master Gardeners volunteer time to spruce up the demonstration garden at the Carvel Center in Georgetown before the annual Open House July 13.The Master Gardeners of Sussex County will host their annual Open House in the demonstration gardens behind the Carvel Center at 16483 County Seat Highway (Route 9) in Georgetown on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be activities for children, including a Peter Rabbit puppet show, as well as demonstrations on gardening and related topics. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and to provide information about the various sections of the garden that exhibit trees, shrub, perennials, annuals, and vegetables that do well in Delaware. Visit the popular plant sale located in the picnic grove.

The public is invited to stroll through the paths that link special areas — a children’s garden, a sensory garden, an annual/perennial border, a native plant garden, a shade garden and more — or to sit on one of the benches and watch the insects and wildlife interact with the setting.

For children, this year’s highlights include:

  • Insect Safari (come hunting with us for the creatures that live in the back yard). Bring your camera!
  • Meet Mr. and Mrs. Turtle, courtesy of the Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators.
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt
  • Scheduled performances of Peter Rabbit and Farmer McGregor

Educational workshop topics include:

  • 10 a.m.  Accessible Gardening. Learn how to Garden Smart, Garden Easy
  • 11 a.m.  What are Invasive Plants and how do you control them?
  • Noon  Insect Safari – children and adults – bring your camera!
  • 1 p.m.  Hostas!

Master Gardeners will also raffle some exciting items! Currently on the list are:

  • Garden gift basket with miscellaneous items
  • Coffee table book donated by Kent County
  • Hypertufa planted with succulents
  • Garden kneeler

Master Gardeners are members of the community who have received extensive training in order to extend the home garden outreach of Delaware Cooperative Extension. Information also is available online. Visit: http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/.

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.

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Sussex County Master Gardeners announce summer and fall workshop series

July 18, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their Summer/Fall 2012 workshop schedule. The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  Please pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu  or visit the Carvel Research and Education Center website.  Workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Schedule:

Livable Lawns
Monday, July 30, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3.
Presented by Valann Budischak.  The goal of the Delaware Livable Lawns initiative is simple – reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff from lawns. This workshop will provide the necessary information needed to maintain a healthy, beautiful, lawn while partnering in the protection of the environment.

Hypertufa
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden and Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden.
Presented by Barbara Busch.   Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, peat moss, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant. It is lighter than terra-cotta and can withstand winter weather.  At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot to take home.  $15 charge for materials, limited to 12 participants (each session).  Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves.

Flavor Up Your Herbs
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1 p.m., Kitchen & Conference Room 2.
Presented by Betty Lou Suter.  Welcome to our “Herb Garden” and “Kitchen of Samples”. We plan a walk through the herb garden; see a wattle?….knot?, many culinary and cosmetic herbs, then off to the kitchen for herb ideas for gifts and culinary uses. Sample some goodies made more delicious with herbs; rosemary shortbread, pansy rollups, just to name a few! YUM! Limit 15.

Buzz About Bees
Thursday, September 20, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3.
Presented by Shelley McNeal.  Bees are a fascinating, social, and endangered group of insects. This talk will focus on the wonder of bees, recent threats to their survival, and the efforts being made to protect them. Shelley will describe her experiences as a beekeeper. Included are landscaping practices that homeowners can easily adopt to help protect our pollinators.

Peter Rabbit is NOT my Friend. Tuesday October 9, 2012, 7 p.m., Conference Room 3.
Presented by Tracy Mulveny.  This workshop will discuss the five most common animal pests in our gardens, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, moles and voles. Some ideas on how to eliminate or co-exist with them will be presented. New ideas are always welcome so bring your own success stories to share.

Raised Bed Construction and Gardening
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3.  Presented by Mike Deshaies.  Raised beds have many advantages over traditional garden beds; their soil tends to warm earlier in the season, they tend to have better drainage, the gardener has more control over the soil in the beds, and the placement and design of raised beds can make for easy access. Building a raised bed is a not-too-difficult project that can quickly increase the size and quality of the growing space. This workshop will provide tips and ideas for constructing raised beds for your garden.

Containers for the Holidays
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room 3.  Presented by Mary Sue Colaizzi.  There is no reason to put your garden containers away for the winter. Summer containers do not have to look like a “pot full of dirt” during the winter months. With a little imagination and design savvy your containers can offer beauty and pleasure all year round. Come learn how to make a four-season container to get you through the winter blahs.

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.

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