Our Commercial Horticulture Program provides non-biased, research based information for growers, retailers, greenhouse operators, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance professionals and other green industry professionals in Delaware, the region, and the nation. The needs of the green industry are addressed with applied research and demonstration projects focusing on sustainable landscape installation and management as well as pest control. The information and knowledge is disseminated through a range of venues in collaboration with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA), including educational meetings, tours, publications, newsletters, and short courses.
The following Horticulture Short Courses are being offered by UD Extension in 2014:
Invasive Species Identification and Management
Friday, March 7, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
An Adobe Connect conference at the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, and at the Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Register for one location only. For Sussex location register with Tracy Wootten, (302) 856-7303 or firstname.lastname@example.org OR NCC location with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, email@example.com .
Learn how to identify problem invasive plants in natural areas and home landscapes. Discuss appropriate control recommendations and strategies for these plants. Learn which invasive insects are currently problems, and which insects are potential new problems, in Delaware. Instructors: Susan Barton, Brian Kunkel, Brian O’Neill
Christmas Tree Workshop
Wednesday, May 14, 4 – 6 PM
Spence’s Christmas Tree Farm, 19 Ruyter Drive, Frederica, DE 19946, take Rt 113 to Barratt’s Chapel Rd to McGinnis Pond Rd. Register with Carol Hrupsa (302) 730-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Learn about arthropods and disease problems of Christmas trees using hands-on observation of plants and specimens. Instructors: Nancy Gregory and Brian Kunkel
Pest & Beneficial Insect Walks
Wednesday, June 18, 4 – 6 PM, Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, register with Tracy Wootten, (302) 856-7303 or email@example.com
Wednesday, June 25, 4 – 6 PM,
UD Botanic Gardens, 531 S College Avenue, Newark (meet outside Fischer Greenhouse), register with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour the grounds of the UDBG in Newark OR the Sussex County Extension Office in Georgetown to identify insects, diseases, and beneficial insects in the landscape. Instructors: Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel, Carrie Murphy, and Tracy Wootten
Disease & Insect Identification Workshop
Wednesday, July 9, 4 – 6 PM
Townsend Hall, 531 S College Avenue, Newark, register with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, email@example.com
Learn what signs and symptoms the Extension Specialists use to identify pests and diseases! Tips and techniques will be shared. Fresh and preserved specimens will be available to look at using hand lenses and microscopes. Instructors: Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel
Delaware Cooperative Extension is willing to come to you!
We’d like to make continuing education training as easy as possible for you and your staff. If you have 10 or more people, we will conduct a workshop at your site. Contact your local County Extension Agent for additional details: Carrie Murphy, (302-831-2506), New Castle County and Tracy Wootten, (302-856-7303), Sussex County.