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Master Gardeners Announce Workshops for the Home Gardener, Fall 2012

Native Plants for Fall Appeal- Walk and Talk

Our favorite native 10’s for fall interest: 10 perennials, 10 shrubs, 10 trees. Tour the on-site native plant teaching garden, then come inside to learn more about our favorites. We will focus on perennials and present those that are drought tolerant, low maintenance, non-aggressive and provide abundant fall color and interest.

Suzanne Baron and J.W. Wistermayer

Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Extension Office

 

Puzzled by Pruning, Co-sponsored with the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens

Solve your puzzle. This course will demystify when to prune, what equipment to use and which techniques are most effective.  We will display pruning tools and demonstrate proper pruning techniques using material supplied by the UDBG.

John Ritterson

Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Fischer Greenhouse

 

Great Trees of New Castle County- FIELD TRIP

From Blackbird to Centreville, New Castle County hosts a terrific variety of big trees. Join us for an informative and fun adventure. We’ll start with a colorful presentation and introduction to the tree specimens, and then it’s all aboard the UD van for visits to five different “jackpot” sites. There will be plenty of walking as we discover and admire some of these magnificent

living tree specimens, so wear comfortable clothing.

Bring your own lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. Expected duration: 5 hours. Limited to 12 participants.

Rob Medicus

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Field trip will begin at the Extension Office

 

Gardening for Winter Interest

Why stop gardening in November? Create a colorful winter landscape to keep you humming ’til spring.

Jane Murphy and Eva Rotmann-Oehler

Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Extension Office

 

Water Conservation- Make Every Drop Count!

Floods are more severe. Droughts are more frequent. Discover techniques to save and use rainwater in your own backyard. Learn about permeable surfaces, rain barrels and rain gardens, gutter placement, plant selection and more.

Eva Rotmann-Oehler

Thursday, October 4, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Extension Office

 

Backyard Habitat

Gardening for Wildlife – bring your garden alive and make it a sanctuary for you and for wildlife! Learn basic, sustainable principles for taking your landscape to the next level.

Nancy Bell

Monday, October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Extension Office

 

The Value of Trees in your Landscape

Whether you want to add trees or already have trees in your landscape, come learn why, how and where trees enhance the ecological, visual and economic value of your property. Learn tree anatomy, function, selection, placement and maintenance for a landscape that supports your welfare and that of the wildlife we depend upon.

Susan Foster

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Extension Office

For more information, and to register, please contact our Extension Office at (302) 831-COOP.

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Youth Vegetable Garden Project Receives Grant from Master Gardeners

On June 19th, a New Castle County Master Gardener School Grant was awarded to Project Leader Nicole Freedman and her YMCA of Delaware youth gardening project located in two areas in New Castle County.  Rockwood Park is one of two sites for the youth gardens.  Ms. Freedman has organized lessons to coordinate with the gardens in the areas of nutrition, science, math, and literacy. Master Gardener Youth Education Committee Chair Mary Fontinha, and Carrie Murphy,  Extension Educator, Cooperative Extension University of Delaware, awarded the grant.  Also in attendance were Sharon Kaplan, Director of Community Relations, YMCA of Delaware and Dena Kirk of Rockwood Park.   Information is available on the New Castle County Master Gardener’s website:  http://ag.udel.edu/nccmg .

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